The Network Therapeutic Community is a structured social learning model based on Dr. William Glasser's Choice Theory, grounded in trained facilitator- and peer-support activity. Choice Theory stresses the belief that everyone has a choice in how he or she behaves, that self-control is within the grasp of every human being and that behavioral and emotional problems stem from feeling “disconnected." Glasser's theory is in perfect harmony withNetwork's commitment to the development of healthy and supportive community living, whether in the prisons or in society as a whole.
As described by Yalom (1975), the curative factors in the therapeutic community are: Instillation of hope, universality, imparting of information, altruism, the corrective recapitulation of the primary family group, the development of socializing techniques, imitative behavior, interpersonal learning, cohesiveness. . . .
Network addresses the dysfunctional and destructive patterns that have led to the participants’ incarceration, replacing them with choice, accountability, self-discipline and respect. In both the prisons and the community, group encounters and shared community experience and activities lead to positive changes in participants' conduct, attitudes and emotions, and the adoption of pro-social values. HABITS TO BE DEVELOPED HABITS TO BE UNLEARNED Supporting Criticizing Encouraging Blaming Listening Complaining Accepting Nagging Trusting Threatening Respecting Punishing Negotiating Differences Bribing: Rewarding to control
NETWORK - A HISTORY OF SERVICE
In 1979, the New York State Department of Corrections (DOCS) launched the Network Program under the structure, format and standards developed by renowned educational psychologist Dr. Cherie Clark. Today, Network Support Services Inc. is an independent nonprofit organization with 501 (c)(3) status operating in 5 New York State prisons - Fishkill, Otisville, Downstate, Woodbourne and Wallkill, all of which currently house vibrant and successful therapeutic communities. In addition, Network in the Community serves released individuals in the South Bronx and Harlem.
THE NETWORK PHILOSOPHY
A positive environment for human development in a caring community where individuals can help themselves and each other.
Community members work together to establish and maintain a growth-filled environment.
We focus on behavioral change and confront attitudes which are destructive to ourselves and the community.
A place to set goals and practice behaviors that lead to successful living.
A disciplined lifestyle, bringing a process for examining attitudes and values for learning to deal with stress.
A chance to change, to confront our mistakes and accept responsibility for our lives.
Network Support Services, Inc. 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor Bronx, NY 10455 Tel 1: 347-584-8601 | Tel 2: 845-247-3943 | Fax: 845-853-1508 E-Mail: Contact@networkssi.org