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 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.

  • Decision Points

Decision Points is a cognitive-behavioral intervention which includes skill training. It is open ended and allows for continuous enrollment of new participants. The focus of the program is to teach two concepts and four steps to increase participants’ ability to stay out of trouble. Decision Points combines aspects of cognitive skills training and cognitive restructuring. Decision Points teaches new attitudes and beliefs as a set of thinking skills. Participants must complete all five lessons and show proficiency in all skills to successfully complete the course.

  • 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...