This is all done visually on the chalkboard as offenders collectively travel through the early childhood developmental stage all the way up to their present incarceration or encounter with the law. The commonality in all criminal/addicted offenders lies in the age in which they first committed their first criminal act and/or first used a mind-altering substance. Which is typically between the ages of eight through fourteen; however, there will be commonality throughout this presentation. These acts and usages could include smoking cigarettes, fighting in school, alcohol use or, taking things from family members within their homes, etc. Facilitators must keep in mind that: “in identifying this commonality of age, it is critical that the offenders get a clear understanding of the fact that during this stage of development: “Defense Mechanisms were used by them when need(s) were adversely affected by external stimuli. In the process of relieving the perceived danger toward their thoughts or feelings regarding the affected need(s), beliefs were established and formed in response to how to best get the affected need(s) met. Said beliefs were constructed by the tools available to them within their Mental Operating System (MOS). This is when distorted thinking, criminal thinking, and unhealthy beliefs first started to take root in their still developing Mental Operating System (MOS).
This diagram coincides with the self-help concept of treatment in that this self-help model is designed to assist offenders in effectively identifying, understanding, accepting, correcting and changing their self-destructive criminal/addicted behavior patterns. During correcting and changing their self-destructive criminal/addicted behavior patterns. During the visual presentation of this diagram, offenders will be able to better identify when, why, where and how their individual self-destructive behavior patterns were formed into their still developing (MOS). And further understand what single or combination of biological, psychological or sociological factors contributed to setting-up their (hard-wired) self-destructive behavior patterns. As indicated in the Mind-Over-Matters Program, developed by Giles E. Chapman: “When the antics of the mental operating system can be observed in one’s own mind, it appears that this awareness leads to a lessening of, and more ability to correct the self-destructive behavior pattern routine.”
The uniqueness of the Chapman Commonality Diagram is that even while clients are assisting in setting up the diagram on the chalkboard, a new awareness is occurring. Which is opening participants up to the process of change. The Chapman Commonality Diagram is an effective tool in assisting individuals in identifying and understanding how they have developed their self-destructive behavior patterns. With this heightened awareness, participants are able to develop new coping skills to correct and change said self-destructive behavior patterns. Through continued participation clients will be able to develop newer healthier and constructive ways to get their needs met; which will enable them to respond appropriately to life’s daily stressors.
T.R.I.U.M.P.H. Inc. will use clients who graduate and those who are being successful in the program as mentors to newcomers. And is always willing to network with existing entities who are working to address and combat society’s social ills.
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The Chapman Commonality Diagram was designed to assist criminal/addicted offenders in identifying and understanding the process they went through in setting up and maintaining their self-destructive behavior patterns. This will enable them to see how they have used their natural defense mechanisms while they were developing to alleviate perceived hurts and dangers. These hurts and dangers directly affected their specific need(s). During this process they will better understand what methods and tactics they used in response to said perceived hurts and dangers. The methods and tactics used consisted of distorted thinking, unhealthy beliefs and/or criminal thinking errors, which lead to either pathological, neurotic, or immature defense mechanism responses. Handouts: Distorted Thinking, Criminal Thinking Errors and Defense Mechanisms. Said responses were done habitually and often reinforced by unhealthy associations. And as the need(s) intensified during continued development, these responses alone with its components became hard-wired into offenders Mental Operating Systems (MOS). This is indeed the very essence of offenders’ self-destructive behavior patterns