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Principle-based Correctional Counseling: Teaching Health versus Treating Illness

Description: Principle-based correctional counseling (PBCC) is based on the assumption that all offenders have innate mental health. Thus, the primary goal of PBCC is to teach offenders how to rekindle and experience their natural capacity for psychological well-being. PBCC accomplishes this by teaching offenders: (a) how the principles of Mind, Thought, and Consciousness create their experience from the inside-out, and (b) how to use their thinking agency in accord with its natural design. According to PBCC, as offenders understand these principles and realize how to use thought in their best interest, their overall psychological functioning improves. This paper describes the principles and assumptions behind PBCC and compares this paradigm to other contemporary correctional counseling models on several key dimensions. Finally, it summarizes research fi ndings supporting the effectiveness of PBCC-based interventions with adolescent and adult offenders.

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Kelley, T. M. (2008). Principle-based Correctional Counseling: Teaching Health versus Treating Illness [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 4(2), 182-205.

Keywords: correctional counseling, positive psychology, health realisation, mind, thought, consciousness

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