Educational Programming

Anoka County Community Corrections provides educational programming for a number of non-residential programs that help adult offenders achieve healthy and responsible lives.

DWI Education Program   

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Designed to provide Level II educational programming to first-time Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenders. The program describes the legal, social, and physical consequences of alcohol use.

Riverwood CD Education Program   

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Consists of six educational classes, each three hours, for offenders in need of intermediate intervention, but not outpatient CD treatment.

Cognitive Programming

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  • Thinking for a Change (T4C)

Thinking for a Change is an integrated, cognitive-behavioral change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring and development of social and problem solving skills. T4C combines cognitive restructuring theory and cognitive skills theory to help individuals take control of their lives by taking control of their thinking. The program is divided into 25 lessons and groups meet two times a week for twelve weeks.

  • Driving with Care

Twelve week group program designed to help offenders change their behaviors around drinking or drug use and driving. Cognitively-based group that focuses on concrete strategies for making productive changes. Driving With Care is not designed to replace chemical dependency treatment or 12-step groups. Instead, it is a cognitive-behavioral group that uses a different approach to supplement treatment or 12-step groups.

  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

Moral Reconation Therapy program (cognitive behavior program for Steering Clear) consists of 12 steps which help the offender to focus on fundamental issues of honesty, trust, acceptance, awareness, healing relationships, helping others, goal setting and identity formation, consistency between short and long term goals, never giving up, maintaining positive change, backsliding, firm commitments and setting appropriate goals. 

  • Cognitive Thinking Skills

Ten week program derived from Thinking for a Change (T4C) curriculum. Introduction and overview, active listening skills, asking a question, giving feedback,how our thinking controls how we act, recognizing the thinking that leads to trouble, finding new thinking using thinking check-ins, knowing your feelings, understanding and responding to the feelings of others, responding to anger, problem solving.

  • Moving On: A Program for At-Risk Women

Flexible and open-ended, allows continuous intake of new participants, draws on evidence-based treatment models. Provides women with alternatives to criminal activity by helping them identify and mobilize personal and community resources. 

A 12-week Level II education program specifically for individuals convicted of DWI offenses. The curriculum utilizes cognitive-behavioral approaches to help participants understand how problem behaviors are learned, gain insight into their impaired driving behavior and the negative consequences of chemical use. Program participants are able to develop strategies to prevent further problems of use, involvement in DWI behavior, and relapse prevention.
A 12-week Level II education program specifically for individuals convicted of DWI offenses. The curriculum utilizes cognitive-behavioral approaches to help participants understand how problem behaviors are learned, gain insight into their impaired driving behavior and the negative consequences of chemical use. Program participants are able to develop strategies to prevent further problems of use, involvement in DWI behavior, and relapse prevention.

MADD Panel

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A two-hour panel presentation regarding the impact on victims of drinking and driving.

Program for the Encouragement of Responsible Thinking (PERT)

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A one-day program that uses the Model of Responsible Thinking to help participants recognize how thoughts, feelings, goals and consequences lead to responsible behavior. This program is designed for lower-risk offenders convicted of less-serious misdemeanor charges.

Sexual Health Curriculum


An educational program designed for offenders convicted of offenses that are sexual in nature, who are determined by the court not to be in need of sexual offender treatment, but could benefit from education regarding a number of topics related to sexual health.  Read more...