Gang Intervention Resources & Delinquency Program
Specific gang intervention programs with a heavy CBT emphasis.
When creating a comprehensive MI/MET and CBT gang intervention program,
these materials are essential. Part of our comprehensive curriculum, these materials are best suited to
middle school, high school, and alternative school students.
||What Do You Think? (brief activities)
||This series of program activities is designed to facilitate participation, group cooperation, and self-disclosure. They range from 5-30 minutes, and can be used to open a class session or provide a “change of pace” later in the session. We provide three age-appropriate versions of this resource. Please specify: grades 4-6, grades 7-12, or adult. Similar to The Phoenix Curriculum resource.
||What Was On Your Mind?
||This is an important workbook, a cognitive restructuring approach to gang activity. It identifies selected negative mind-sets common to people involved in gang activity. Then, it addresses each of these in a systematic fashion, identifying weaknesses in that form of thinking, and offering guidance in the development of a more positive outlook.
||Who Wants to be at Risk?
||This workbook addresses the "risk factors" approach to gang involvement and activity. The objective is for participants to identify their own highest risk factors and acknowledge that these risks and temptations will be out there, waiting, upon release.
||What do You Need? (needs and gangs)
||This workbook — based on Maslow’s needs hierarchy theory — addresses gang activity from the point of view of underlying needs. These needs won’t go away; they will be present when the participants return to the community. Thus this workbook guides the participants in finding alternative — and better — ways to meet those needs than gangs or crime.
||Living a Nonviolent Life #1
||This workbook provides the opportunity for clients to identify their triggers and highest personal risk factors for violence and to develop strategies to avoid these issues or to cope more effectively in the future.
||Living a Nonviolent Life #2
||This workbook provides a more focused opportunity for clients to identify their highest
risk factors for violence (the people, places, things, times, and situations where they are at
highest risk). It guides the development of “environmental control” strategies to avoid
these issues and situations - and helps clients explore their options.
||Understanding Yourself #1
||This is the “risk factors” approach to aggression and violence. It provides an alternative
approach to violence issues and behavior, addressing community and family risk factors for
For clients, the objective is to begin by increasing awareness. Then, clients can admit that
they have these risk factors and acknowledge that these risks and temptations will be out
there, waiting, upon release.
||Understanding Yourself #2
||This is the “risk factors” approach to passive-aggressive behavior, which can often lead to violence and other problems. It provides an alternative approach to violence, addressing community and family risk factors for this passive-aggressive behavior. (Approach is similar to GG7, above)
||Reducing Your Risk (for females between the ages of 15 and 22)
||This workbook addresses the “risk factors” approach to gang involvement and activity for females.
||This series of 60 program activities is designed to facilitate participation, group involvement
and cooperation, and self-disclosure. Many are based on traditional experiential learning
approaches. They range from 10-50 minutes, and provide a “change of pace” for
participants and staff.
||What Do You Think? (women’s materials)
||This series of 18 program activities is designed to facilitate participation, group cooperation, and self-disclosure.
||Gang Intervention Resources: Where Are Your Old Friends Today?
||Participants will explore options leading to gang involvement—or staying away from gangs.
||Gang Intervention Resources: Criminal Values
||Participants will explore areas of criminogenic thinking and values.
||Gang Intervention Resources: Respect
||Participants will explore issues relating to “respect.” This activity addresses the respect they give others, as well as ways to gain respect from others.
||Gang Intervention Resources: How To Identify Your Real Friends
||Participants will explore issues relating to true friendship.
||Gang Intervention Resources: How To Identify Your Real Friends (non-correctional edition)
||Same as above for the non-correctional context.
||Gang Intervention Resources: Thinking About Stereotypes
||This activity addresses the issues of stereotyping and prejudice.
||Gang Intervention Resources: Loyalty
||Loyalty and relationships.
||Gang Intervention Resources: Media Influences
||How have the movies, music, and TV influenced you?
||Gang Intervention Resources: Do The Math
||The prospect of earning a lot of money through drug dealing can be very appealing. This lesson asks participants to “do the math” in comparing the risks and rewards of drug dealing with the risks and rewards of earning money legitimately.
||Getting Away From the Gang
||Comprehensive manual, providing suggestions, action planning, and support to assist in
leaving the gang. Includes typical situations for role-playing practice and self-efficacy.
||You Have Options
||Risk factors-based workbook for high risk youth. Clients identify problem situations and
practice options to substance abuse or violence. Action planning activities support
personal change. (Different versions provided for detention, diversion, and community programs.)
||Coping Skills For Emergencies
||Clients learn to identify their own highest risk situations, the cues that they are becoming
at higher risk, what they will do to cope effectively, and then practice these new coping
skills until they are confident they will work. Included in these skills are thought stopping,
conflict avoidance and “escape” skills, and a comprehensive set of “refusal skills.” (Different versions provided for detention, diversion, and community programs.)
||Let’s Talk About Feelings
||Specific feelings (anger, anxiety or fear, low-self-esteem/shame, hurt, and loneliness) are
addressed in activities which help clients identify and experience feelings safely. (Different versions provided for detention, diversion, and community programs.)
||Short workbook helps client identify gang issues and options to participation.
||Violence At Home
||Short workbook helps clients understand family violence and its’ consequences. Helps clients identify safe choices and available options.
||Problems At Home
||This short workbook is designed to help clients start to discuss family issues (neglect, abuse, abandonment, or addictions) with program staff. (For juvenile programs)
||Key Elements of Change
||This workbook provides a comprehensive overview of personal change from substance abuse. It includes elements of motivational enhancement therapy (MET) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as analysis of risk factors, the development of key coping and refusal skills, and the development of a safety net. To build increased self-efficacy, it can be supplemented by selected workbooks from the RH series (i.e. RH11, 12, 13, 17, 21, 22, 23,or 24). Also suitable for review and aftercare programs.
||“What’s Going On In My Life?”
||Introductory workbook helps identify feelings, issues, and risk factors, reducing resistance,
and beginning the process of personal awareness and change. Based on motivational
enhancement (MET model).
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