Moral Reconation Therapy—MRT® in Parole and Probation
PAROLE & PROBATION
MRT has been used in parole and probation settings since 1989. It has been implemented in entire state parole systems primarily for drug treatment and disciplinary problems. MRT is a SAMHSA NREPP evidence based program. While community corrections agencies and private providers sometimes conduct MRT for offenders on parole/probation, more frequently parole and probation officers conduct one or more ongoing groups for offenders on their caseload. In addition, many offenders on probation are required to participate in MRT as a condition of probation. MRT groups, in which participants present their MRT homework assigned in each MRT step, are typically held once a week for assigned parole/probation clients. The number of participants in each parole/probation MRT group typically varies between 12-15 participants. An MRT-trained facilitator (usually a probation/parole officer) conducts each group meeting according to guidelines outlined in the training. Clients in the program each have an MRT workbook — How To Escape Your Prison. Basic MRT has 12 steps, with a general written discussion of each step in the workbook, followed by the exercises and homework requirements.
Because MRT is objective and every MRT group operates in the same manner, any trained MRT facilitator is able to step in to any MRT group when necessary and continue the group without problems. This aspect of MRT has been of great benefit to probation and parole departments. Every MRT program in parole/probation settings that has collected outcome data has reported significantly lower recidivism and lower disciplinary infractions. Several massive outcome studies have been published. A Spanish version of the workbook is available along with both Spanish and English versions of the book on audio CDs for participants with poor reading skills.
All MRT groups are open-ended. This means that new clients can enter a group at any time and be incorporated into the program. Research shows that MRT works equally well with male and female offenders.
Basic MRT training is required for all MRT facilitators. Call CCI (901) 360-1564 for information.
Length of Program/Completion Rate:
In parole and probation settings the average (mean) number of group meetings is variable depending on location and the type of prison program. In general, most offenders complete all MRT steps in 20-30 group sessions. Program completion rates have varied between 50%-99%. The mean completion rate for parole clients is about 65% while for probation clients is about 95%.
Other Program Components Typically Used:
Probation/Parole-based programs that use MRT usually conduct several other cognitive-behavioral programs based on individual needs. These are: