Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based treatment that teaches offenders how to identify and change destructive thought patterns which have a negative influence on behavior.

CBT curriculum focuses on goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving that transforms thinking patterns and behaviors. CBT modalities are offered in the following areas:

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Anger Management
  • Criminal Thinking
  • Family Relationships

Click [ HERE ] for printable information on CBT.


Locations include all CDCR institutions.


CBT programs vary in length from three months to six months


Offenders with an identified criminogenic need for CBT are eligible.


Offenders are assigned by the Classification Committee, up to five years prior to release based on assessed need.

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

See Rehabilitative Process

See Technology Solutions for more information.

Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.