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.
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.
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. HABITS TO BE DEVELOPED IN NETWORK: Supporting Encouraging Listening Accepting Trusting Respecting Negotiating Differences
HABITS TO BE UNLEARNED IN NETWORK: Criticizing Blaming Complaining Nagging Threatening Punishing Bribing: Rewarding to control
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