Certified Facilitator – Samenow’s Overcoming Errors in Thinking (8 hours)

Stanton Samenow


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– To introduce and explore the concept of thinking errors
– To support and/or complement counselors’ increased awareness and understanding of the errors in thinking commonly demonstrated by addicts and offenders
– To provide vivid information and insight about thinking errors
– To demonstrate ways to address thinking errors in a program for change


The course includes 3 videos that depict Dr. Samenow interacting with inmates in their search to recognize their errors and form the basis for change. After purchase, the videos will be available at the bottom of your Order Information page.

This course has been developed utilizing concepts from Dr. Samenow’s writings and dialogues from group sessions conducted by Dr. Samenow. The dialogues used are from the first three segments of a video series featuring Dr. Samenow’s work known as “Commitment to Change.” This first video series was subtitled “Overcoming Errors in Thinking”. In group settings and in individual interviews, convicted felons—men and women—interacted with each other and Dr. Samenow as they uncovered fundamental errors in thinking and explored their consequences. This information has been edited where necessary. All dialogue and information from these videos are identified when used in this course. Additional information has been added to expand on or clarify various aspects of Dr. Samenow’s work.


Dr. Stanton Samenow worked side by side with Dr. Samuel Yochelson, as they pioneered the research which uncovered the key role played by thinking patterns. Out of that work came the concept of “errors in thinking.” He is the author of several books, including Inside the Criminal Mind, The Myth of the Out of Character Crime, and Before It’s Too Late, a study of children and the development of criminal behavior. During his eight years as research psychologist at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., he co-authored the three-volume ground-breaking study, The Criminal Personality. He has been a member of the President’s Task Force on Crime and has held the position of Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University Medical School. Dr. Samenow is widely-recognized as an authority on the evaluation and treatment of people who demonstrate criminal and destructive behaviors; he travels widely as a speaker, consultant and leader of workshops and onsite training.

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