Best Practice Lesson Plans: A Lesson Plan in Cognitive Restructuring

Sayre, Gary W.
March 2006
Journal of Correctional Education;Mar2006, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p86
Academic Journal
This particular lesson was developed for Cognitive Skills I, a central course in cognitive restructuring at the Mr. Olive Correctional Center. In this lesson the author developed a series of classroom activities to allow students to examine and assess current beliefs they possess, and to understand how these beliefs � whether judged rational or irrational (or valid or invalid) through an objective process of assessment � are connected to their thoughts, feelings, and actions. The essential goal, therefore, of this lesson is to impart to inmates a self-reflective tool to allow an inmate to be his or her own �Best Critic� through self-assessment of one's own belief system.


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