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TruThought: Charting a New Course

TruThought: Charting a New Course is a cognitive skills development group which addresses barriers in thinking. This corrective thinking process will use the knowledge of these barriers to implement responsible thinking steps. Through group discussion, role plays, and group and individual activities youth will learn skills to stop the tactics, change their thinking, and stay on TRACK.

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Thinking of the Consequences
Remember Who Gets Hurt
Act on Plans to Make a Responsible Choice
Check Their Thinking
Keep Thinking Responsible Thoughts

Why TruThought?

TruThought addresses numerous thinking barriers and tactics which interfere with the decision-making process. Allowing youth to practice identifying these barriers and identify ways to intervene prior to trouble will contribute to more successful outcomes.

What to Expect

Youth will meet once a week for eight to ten consecutive weeks. Each session will run for one and a half hours and include 6 to 10 youth (both male and female) of similar age and developmental level. Groups will be held on Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 6:00PM at Clackamas County Juvenile Department.

Thinking Barriers Addressed

  • Tactics
  • Closed Thinking
  • Victim Role
  • ‘I’m okay’ Self Image
  • Reckless Careless
  • Instant Gratification
  • Fear of Losing Face
  • Power Control
  • Possessive Attitude
  • Superior Uniqueness

Risk and Protective Factors

Risk factors increase the likeliness a youth will participate in risky or illegal behavior while specific protective factors work as a powerful force that overcomes these risk factors at a 2 to 1 ratio.  As a result of this knowledge, TruThought works to address the following risk and protective factors:

  • Promotes pro-social attitudes and thinking (Risk Factor).
  • Enhances youth’s ability to accurately interpret actions and intentions of others (Risk Factor).
  • Addresses impulsivity (Risk Factor).
  • Enhances problem solving skills (Protective Factor).
  • Promotes effective communication with family members (Protective Factor).

Developmental Assets Strengthened

  • Adult Role Modeling
  • Positive Peer Influence
  • High Expectations
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Interpersonal Competence
  • Resistance Skills

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