Cognitive Behavioral Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that teaches inmates how to identify and change destructive thought patterns, which have a negative influence on behavior.

CBT curriculum focuses on a 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


Available at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

Varies from three to six months.


In order to be eligible, inmates must:

  • Have between six months to five years left to serve;
  • Be identified with a criminogenic need for CBT modalities; and
  • Be placed on the appropriate waiting list by the Classification Committee, based on the California Static Risk Assessment and Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions assessment.

Contact Information

(916) 327-3352