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Learning Briefs | December 19, 2019

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Informed Curriculum

CRS’ I am READY curriculum uses evidence-based psycho-social tools to help participants recognize and manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Its application has been found effective in improving mental health among trauma-affected populations, as well as in transforming destructive behaviors in juvenile and adult offenders. CRS has pioneered the use of this cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) informed approach in Central America to prevent violence and facilitate rehabilitation. The curriculum prepares participants to find jobs and contribute positively in their communities. I Am READY! is being implemented in middle schools, youth programs, and prisons. In El Salvador, it is being integrated as a key component of the governmental “Yo Cambio/I Change” prisoner rehabilitation program and CRS is training prison staff in its use.