The brig programs mission is to provide a climate conducive to constructive and positive change in prisoners, and to provide them the necessary tools and resources in order to successfully return to active-duty service or civilian society and live offense-free lives.

The brig programs section consist of a Programs Officer, Programs Chief, Chaplain, Clinical Treatment Specialist, Senior Correctional Counselor, correctional counselors, Education NCO, and clerks.

The Programs Section is responsible in the areas of indoctrination, rehabilitation, and restoration programming. Available programs are tailored to the needs of the prisoners and the service, and a system, which recognizes, rewards and encourages constructive change and acceptable behavior in prisoners.

The correctional counselors and Clinical Treatment Specialist provide direct and indirect, individual and group, as well as initial, follow-up, and pre-release counseling to confined prisoners to assist in their weekly performance and program evaluations. Correctional counselors are formally trained in interview and counseling methods, behavioral counseling, crisis intervention, Real Colors, and transitional readiness guidance.

Focus of Effort:
To challenge and assist the prisoners in identifying the source of their behavior surrounding their confining offense.  This will be executed through regular prisoner counselings, program planning, goal setting, and liaising with outside resources.

All groups are conducted by either the Clinical Treatment Specialist, correctional counselors, guest experts, or Volunteers. The following groups are available at the Camp Pendleton Base Brig:

Post-Trial Prisoners: 

Sex Offenders Group:

The goal of sex offender therapy is relapse prevention, based first upon accountability and assumption of responsibility for offensive behavior.

Violent Offenders Group:

Offers domestic and sexual violence education programs for offenders with the goal of preventing future violent crimes.

Stress and Anger Management:
Prisoners are educated in anger management techniques, effective communication, conflict resolution and other helpful areas of knowledge to control their emotions, cognitive behavioral tactics.

Addictions Group:
Deals with all issues surrounding addictions. (e.g., relapse prevention, values, costs of addictions, tolerating affective states, stress management, life management, and recovery issues)

Antisocial Behavior Group:
For larceny, arson, pimping, child pornography.

Open to all prisoners:

A twelve-step recovery process for monitoring sobriety.

The Most Excellent Way:
Is a religious based recovery program for monitoring sobriety.



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