Brookyn Treatment Court
Supportive Services: Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Fact Sheet

Summary

In April of 2003, the Brooklyn Treatment Court began to serve a new target population of “Young Adults” (19-24 year olds) with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence. This group presents with little motivation for treatment, low frustration tolerance, and denial around their addiction. Due to the early stages of their addiction, these drug court participants have difficulty internalizing the recovery concepts presented in traditional outpatient treatment modalities. This, along with significant behavioral issues, has resulted in a pattern of non-compliance, relapse and in some cases re-arrest. In August 2004, the Brooklyn Treatment Court sponsored a “Engaging Young Adults in Drug Treatment Courts” seminar where Dr. Kenneth Robinson of Correctional Counseling Incorporated presented a lecture on his methodology of Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). MRT was developed to treat substance-abusing offenders from a cognitive behavioral perspective. It is a cognitive behavioral system designed to enhance positive behavioral growth in a progressive, step-by-step fashion. MRT seeks to change how drug and alcohol abusers make decisions and judgments by developing moral reasoning in individuals. MRT is designed to address the issues of a treatment resistant population and has been shown to effective with numerous challenging populations in correctional settings, treatment settings and schools. Clients will be required to attend MRT Groups once a week until completion. The MRT group cycle lasts for a minimum of 12 sessions, but a client’s length of participation is based on their compliance and participation.


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