Moral Reconation Therapy
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a widely-recognized cognitive-behavioral program for criminal justice offenders, batterers and substance abusers. Developed in 1985 by Dr. Gregory Little and Dr. Kenneth Robinson, MRT has proven to be one of the most effective treatment programs for substance abusers, batterers and criminal justice offenders. More than 120 published reports have shown that MRT-treated clients show significantly lower re-offense and re-incarceration rates for as long as 20 years after treatment. MRT programs are used throughout 49 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and four other countries. A study performed by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy estimated that the MRT program results in an $11.48 cost benefit for each dollar spent.
Seminole Addiction Treatment Services & Counseling, located in Sanford, FL, has two MRT facilitators available for our clients. Whether you are experiencing problems with drugs, alcohol, or you just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, MRT is one of the best ways to reduce recidivism. MRT is used nationwide at both the state and federal levels. It is an “evidence-based program,” and is considered a “best practice” by numerous government agencies and treatment authorities.
MRT addresses individual beliefs and decision making criteria. It is a systematic, step-by-step counseling approach for treatment-resistant clients that teaches the moral reason why we should behave a certain manner acceptable to society therefore increasing their moral reasoning when making decisions. MRT systematically focuses on seven basic treatment issues:
- Confrontation of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors
- Assessment of current relationships
- Reinforcement of positive behavior and habits
- Positive identity formation
- Enhancement of self-concept
- Decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance
- Development of higher stages of moral reasoning