The Power of Consequences is an 8-hour course that deals squarely with cognitive and behavioral change, for incarcerated individuals and/or substance abusers. This volume teaches viewers how to use the Power of Consequences as compelling motivation to stick with the difficult, day-by-day work of changing lifelong patterns. The group looks at the consequences of their past actions and comes to realize that before they acted there was, indeed, a moment of decision. In the end, viewers learn to draw upon mental images of impending consequences when faced with temptation, instead of shutting them out. Such skills are profound, and life-changing, especially for those incarcerated and/or with chemical dependencies.
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 “Tactics: Habits That Block Change”. 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.
ABOUT STANTON SAMENOW, Ph.D.
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. In previous administrations 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 worked side by side with Dr. Samuel Yochelson, as they pioneered the research which uncovered the key role played by thinking patterns and behavioral Tactics. Out of that work came the concept of “Tactics which obstruct effective corrective teaching.” He is the author of several books, including Inside the Criminal Mind, Before It’s Too Late and Straight Talk About Criminals. During his eight years as research psychologist at Saint Elisabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C., he co-authored the three-volume, ground-breaking study, The Criminal Personality.