The Franklin County Prevention Coalition will begin Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) classes for veterans and military service members, and separate classes for military families beginning on Monday, September 10. MRT is a systematic treatment strategy that seeks to increase moral reasoning. Its cognitive-behavioral approach combines elements from a variety of psychological traditions to progressively address ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth. Juvenile MRT and Adult MRT classes have been offered since December 2009.
MRT takes the form of group and individual counseling using structured group exercises and prescribed homework assignments. The MRT workbook is structured around 16 objectively defined steps (units) focusing on seven basic treatment issues: confrontation of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors; assessment of current relationships; reinforcement of positive behavior and habits; positive identity formation; enhancement of self-concept; decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance; and development of higher stages of moral reasoning.
Participants meet in groups weekly and can complete all steps of the MRT program in three to six months. The Veterans and military service members’ class will meet every Monday at 5-6:45 p.m. at the Campora Family Resource Center at 900 South Shepherd Street in Winchester. There is a one-time fee of $25 for the workshop materials; the class is free. Contact Galinda Bonner or Becky Morris at (931) 967-7825, or stop by the Campora Family Resource Center. •