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Programs

List of Programs Available

Pre-Trial Assessment / Evaluation

Behavioral Management Group (BMG) offers pre-trial reports to assist each attorney with an assessment / evaluation of their clients. The assessment includes three counseling sessions, psychological risk and needs testing and a pre-trial report.

Theft

Petty Theft
Shoplifting
Deception / Trickery
Burglary / Robbery / Extortion
Credit Card Theft / Fraud
Grand Auto / Joy Riding
Bad Checks / Forgery
Employee Theft / Fraud
Theft Computer Crimes
Embezzlement
Identity Theft / Fraud
8-hour Shoplifting Diversion Program

Theft is a basic term that describes the crime of taking the property of another without consent, and there are sub-categories specifically addressing the kind of theft.

What kind of individual would take something not belonging to them and for what reason? Any blue-collar worker or professional executive is a candidate for taking something that is not theirs. Why is this true, because we all have different levels of greed and/or self-gratification? Everyone wants nice things. The question is how far we are willing to go. The fuel to our greed is feeling depressed, frustrated, angry, bored, or confused. The catalyst to some problems are financial pressures that seem to be the only solution to working out life's disappointments. Isolated reasons such as a dare or just wanting to get away with it. Many feel that they just hate the world and want in some way to strike back.

The vast majority of individuals that enter our program know the difference from right and wrong and come from every lifestyle and occupation. It is not gender based, age driven, professionally or ethnically determined. They are not professional thieves, but when life becomes too stressful, they become vulnerable to temptation. In other words, we want something for nothing or thinking this will change and balance their emotional or physical instabilities. The problem is that stealing is hurtful to everyone. Most of all, it is a criminal act. 

If you believe that you are a good person who deserves a chance to learn how to cope with difficult situations in your life and want to regain your self-respect, then you must give yourself a chance and help yourself.

Anger Management

Aggressive Behavior
Disturbing the Peace 
False Imprisonment
Tolerance / Patience
Domestic Violence
Stress Management
Air Rage / Road Rage 
Impulse Control
Resisting Arrest
Assault/Fighting/Great Bodily Injury
Harassing
Stalking
Discharging Firearm(s)/Possession
Annoying Phone Calls
Rights & Responsibilities
Terrorists & Hateful Threats
Threats & Criminal Threats
Endangerment

Anger is a normal and healthy emotion. We all experience anger at various times during the course of our daily lives. However, anger is subjectively experienced as a "bad" feeling, and can be very uncomfortable. At times, we feel justified in our anger, and we may be. Anger that is appropriate (that is, realistically given the situation and to the degree it is felt) is normal and serves as a call to action (to mobilize, to guide one's course, etc.). However, anger that is inappropriate (out of proportion, extreme, explosive, or experienced as "out of control") is likely to be a real problem for both yourself and others.

You may ask yourself at times, why you blow up or become extremely angry? What can I do to get better control over my feelings and behavior? These questions are healthy responses and the first step in achieving the goal of anger management. You may have learned ways of handling anger through observation or through your own responses to certain situations and stimuli. Often, maladaptive ways of handling anger in the present were once adaptive responses. However, it may be a struggle for you to shed those habitual reflexive ways of handling anger and that is where therapy can guide and help. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is highly successful in helping people to learn how to manage their anger and to use more effective and successful ways of interacting and communicating. Understanding how the patterns developed and finding alternative ways of reacting is the key in breaking these patterns that are ultimately self-defeating and self-destructive.

Inappropriate / Sexual Behavior

Lewd Conduct
Voyeurism
Statutory Rape
Indecent Assault
Indecent Exposure
Sex Acts with Minors
Victims Awareness
Offensive Sexual Acts
Prostitution / Erotic Dancing / Nudity
Stalking, Annoying, Accosting
Solicitation / Solicitors (Johns)
Inappropriate Advancements 

Our Sexual Program takes a multifaceted stance to address issues relevant to sexual impulsive behaviors in a counseling environment. Keeping within the arena of cognitive-behavioral counseling, education material becomes an important factor while focusing on behavioral and emotional connections with the intent to dispel myths of the disorder and to promote knowledge of healthy alternative lifestyle change.

By today’s fast pace and standards, it is difficult to judge an individual based upon their actions alone and therefore, issues deeply imbedded in their mind must be addressed. We can take steps in addressing issues of lack of impulse control by offering and promoting ideas for healthy alternative daily life behaviors. Our idea of counseling is to enhance each individual’s self-awareness by way of interaction in a safe and confidential atmosphere.

Vandalism

Graffiti
Arson
Environmental Crimes
Gang / Hate Issues
Anger Issues / Management
Destruction of Property

Vandalism defined is the intentional destruction of personal or real property. This is a crime primarily committed by a behavior frustrated and in need of recognition, or self-gratification. They are insecure have little to no self-esteem and fool themselves that they are important. Many can and others cannot see that the little world that they reside in is at most a temporary moment in their lives. Some realize that they are going nowhere and through maturity or simply coming to a realization change. Others make-believe their entire lives and do not change; they just give up, and as those around them waste their lives.

California law distinguishes whether the offense is a misdemeanor or a felony based upon the monetary value of the damage. What is important is to understand that this type of offense is a crime. If the case goes to Court and a conviction culminates, the person's record will be permanent and forever have a recorded offense on it.

Drug & Alcohol Program

Behavior Modification Format

Class Room Environment
12, 26, 52, 104 Week Program
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Behavioral Management Group (BMG) feels very strongly regarding the needs and rehabilitation of an individual addicted to alcohol and or drugs. The priority we provide to all clients who are mandated or privately enrolled in our program is our many years of experience with behavioral modification conjoin with our respect, kindness, and sincerity. Our goal is to help each individual gain self-respect, become accountable, and understand why it is their best interest to be a responsible citizen.

For many years working with behavioral modification, we have found that education along with positive motivation helps an individual get well and stay well. Our concept gives no excuse to fail. It motivation for change, respect, and support are the keys to becoming drug-free and sober. BMG teaches and stimulates an individual to reach for their dreams and goals and move on with their life to be productive, happy, and fulfilling without drugs and alcohol.

Relapse is not part of recovery. The goal of our program is to eliminate relapse. It is for those people who have completed other programs and failed to remain abstinent. Our program is for those who have tried self-help groups with no result and who no longer want to feel like outcasts. No individual should be considered an outcast they are human beings needing help, support, and want recognition. Behavioral Management believes everyone deserves that chance, our positive approach and support awaits anyone asking. Anyone who has completed our program is a testimony as to our dedication to at the very least attempt to help them in any way we can.

Animal Cruelty

Neglect
Strategy / Discipline
Exploitation
Community Responsibility
Endangerment
Punishments
While education is the key in changing attitudes toward animal violence, legislation is the only real way to ensure that everyone is accountable for the animals they have. Up to now, animals had no rights. That is no longer the case.  Animal cruelty and abuse laws are recorded as “morality laws” to keep people on the straight and narrow. Animal advocates have battled to show legislators and voters alike the need for tougher abuse laws. Fortunately, we are now protecting animals.  There are scientific studies that prove the link between animal abuse, spousal and child abuse, murder and other violent crimes and even serial killers.
Across the United States, there are laws prohibiting cruelty to animals. These laws are to protect the right of animals. The purposes of these laws are to deter violence by humans in any form as well as to protect animals from mistreatment and cruelty by imposing a penalty for those acts.
John Lennon wrote a song by the title of "Imagine." He sings of a world of neither war nor hunger. Often when I hear the lyrics, it makes one think of all the creatures in the world, "Imagine all the animals gone."  What would the world be without animals? Imagine all the animals, GONE. What would the earth be like? Well, you couldn't begin to imagine, because we wouldn't exist. The world would be a desolate planet, no clouds, unpredictable weather, and unbearable heat. In other words, man would not and could not exist. Of all the wonderful creatures on planet earth, domesticated dogs, horses, and cats have been the most favored and praised by man for thousands of years. Yet, these most wonderful creatures, all creatures we depend on are abused in many ways.
As you move through the program, it will be clear that what we are providing is a positive structure to support an individual decision-making skill. We know the decision to stop is the individual. It is important to know that only we can set your future goals. The facts along with the focus of H.E.L.P. will provide the structure necessary for that change. As one moves through the program, they will address many factors that lead one to abuse or neglect any human being or animal.

Rights and Responsibilities

Support
Role
Strategy
Discipline
Integrity
Participating
Family Responsibility
Community Responsibility
Why is accountability and responsibility so important? If you walk into a room and ask 10 people what accountability means, you will likely get 10 different definitions. To some, it is something you make people do, as in "holding people accountable”. To others, accountability means accepting responsibility. By definition, accountability means being answerable or responsible for your actions.

Accountability might include the following elements:
  1. Taking responsibility for your own behavior
  2. Doing what's right consistently
  3. Demonstrating personal integrity
  4. Actively participating in activities
  5. Interaction supports the strategy of your life and or family.

Accountability is not something you "make" a person do, they have to accept and agree on it. Learning how to become reliable and accountable involves an element of discipline. Most importantly, individual purpose and personal meaning comes from accepting responsibility and learning to be accountable.
Holding people accountable is really about the distribution of power and choice. When people have more choice, they learn to be more responsible. When they become more responsible, they earn freedom. By being accountable, they earn trust. When they are more accountable, they understand their purpose and role within their community. They are committed to making things happen for the good of self, family and community.

Testing

Clients must complete the HELP education and evaluation manual. In addition, answer questions along with numerous written exercises and offense-specific tests. Tests are required, in order to evaluate the comprehension and understanding of the material. The results allow us to form a character profile and risk assessment of the offender. The assessment enables us to evaluate their propensity rating and needs. In addition, the collective information during counseling becomes a reference to evaluate truthfulness.

The HELP manual provides an understanding of the offender's actions, how it affects their lives, the community, and more importantly, their love ones. It teaches the law and its consequences, how much they risk, and how their offenses can become addictive. The primary objective is to educate and provide the offender with an understanding how their personal and social pressures can trigger an incident. Placing an emphasis on changing their behavior, taking control, is an important step to becoming accountable for their actions.

Following completion of the HELP manual and assessment, clients begin counseling. Counseling combines what they have learned from HELP along with behavior modification counseling. It focuses on each element of how they allowed themselves into profound situations and what they must do to modify and improve their life. Their counselor will evaluate their educational material, testing, review their participation, attitude, personal issues and if needed, recommend additional support services or counseling necessary for a successful completion.

Ending their educational and counseling phase, clients may have to begin a monitoring period. This phase allows each offender to stay in contact/on track with their counselor while straightening their behavior and overcoming any obstacles with supervision. Monitoring is a very important phase of the program because it allows the offender to discuss real time problems and or situations. This phase may vary due to the severity of the offense, participation, attitude during counseling or at the court, probation, parole request.

Upon completion of the program, BMG will provide a written report/assessment for each client to the court, attorney, or probation/parole officer. Progress reports are also available upon request during each offenders program. The referral will immediately be notified of any irregularities or deviations to a clients schedule or activities.

Extended counseling is required for clients whose behavior extends beyond the standard program criteria, such as repeat offenders, request of the court, severity of the crime or if the offender psychological profile scores and risk assessment are high.

FAMILY / PARENTING (Private & group) 

Research in recent years has lead in a new awareness about the impact of families and parenting. While we have always known that our families influence us, we are now discovering that the influence is beyond what we had imagined.  The family is a dynamic social system, with structured laws, components, and rules. The most important family rules are those that determine what it means to be a human being.  These rules embrace the most fundamental beliefs about raising children.  What parents believe about human life and human satisfaction rules their way of raising children. 
The skills used while parenting forms a child’s beliefs about themselves.  Nothing could be more important in child development.  Children are any culture’s greatest natural resources.  The future of the world depends on our children’s beginnings and how they see themselves.  All their choices depend on their view of themselves that are feed from the family structure.  That means, what is happening now, will affect your child/family for the rest of his/their life.  Do you love them?  Then life’s tools must be modified in ways to find that trust and encouragement to end with balance, love, and commitment.

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