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Fatherhood Initiative:

Currently, one out of every three children in the U.S. now grows up without his or her biological father in the home. Given the harm caused by father absence and the benefits of father involvement, one of the most important things we can do to improve child well being is to increase the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.  Our Fatherhood Initiative program focuses on providing men with the awareness of the significant impact he has in the family.  We will help fathers build and maintain healthy and supportive relationships with their children, wife, family, friends, and community.  For further information regarding the program, please contact Training Specialist Brad Schleter at 216.357.7312 or United States Pretrial Services Officer Nicholas Ayers at 330.884.7478.     


Grief Recovery:

What is Grief?  Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind.  The Program focuses on moving beyond the pain and suffering of grief.  Grief is not limited to the loss of a loved one.  Grief comes in many forms: divorce, loss of employment, loss of a pet, financial loss, loss of trust and legal problems, etc.  The primary goal of this class is to offer grief recovery assistance to those who have experienced loss of any kind.  The classes are held once a week for a period of 8 weeks. Participants receive a Grief Recovery handbook and a certificate upon completion of the program. Classes are held at North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center located at 1834 E. 55th Street, Cleveland, Ohio. For further information regarding the program, please contact Specialist United States Probation Officer Valencia Small at 216.357.7317 or Supervising United States Pretrial Services Officer Kara Cabanes at 216.357.7382


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

The Northern District of Ohio has developed its own in-house cognitive behavioral therapy program. The District teaches the Thinking for a Change 4.0 curriculum in the Akron, Cleveland and Youngstown offices. The three components of Thinking for a Change are: cognitive self change, social skills, and problem solving skills. Cognitive self change teaches individuals a concrete process for self-reflection aimed at uncovering antisocial thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. Social skills instruction prepares group members to engage in pro-social interactions based on self-understanding and consideration of the impact of their actions on others. Problem solving skills integrate the two previous interventions to provide group members with an explicit step-by-step process for addressing challenging and stressful real life situations. The program integrates these three types of interventions in the following way:

Lesson 1 begins the program with an overview and introduction

Lessons 2-5 and 11-15 teach social skills

Lessons 6-10 teach the cognitive self change process

Lessons 16-24 teach problem solving skills

Lesson 25 provides a wrap up of the program


For further information regarding the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program, please contact United States Probation Officer Alfred Preston at 216.357.7332 or United States Probation Officer Colin Boone at 216.357.7316.