FAQ For Referring Agencies

How do PDS Programs fit into EPB?

PDS offender intervention programs are eight- hour, one-day, positive, yet intensive experiences that utilizes a unique and exclusively licensed curriculum developed in collaboration with The Change Companies , the nation’s leading publisher of Evidence-Based behavior change curriculum.

Our Methodology:

Our intervention model incorporates four specific evidence-based behavior change models:

  • Motivational Interviewing Model (MI)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Model (ACT)
  • Interactive Journaling® (The Change Companies)
  • Temperament Theory (People Patterns)

Motivational Interviewing Model (MI)

Motivational Interviewing Model (MI)(Miller, Rollnick, et. al), a style of communication used by the Facilitator that moves our Participant towards change in a manner that does not inadvertently create roadblocks to the Behavior Change process. It’s a person-centered, goal-oriented method of using questions and statements strategically to help people think and talk in a positive direction reducing resistance while eliciting and strengthening intrinsic motivation for positive change.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Model (ACT)?

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Model (ACT) (Steven Hays PhD., et.al.), a 3rd generation cognitive behavioral model adapted by PDS for our psycho-educational interventions. Participants are led through exercises designed to help them take a new perspective on their thoughts and feelings. The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. ACT takes the view that “unworkable” choices and problem behaviors tend to arise from ongoing efforts to avoid discomfort, while “workable” choices are born from increased acceptance of “what is” while also taking actions towards values-driven goals.

Interactive Journaling® (The Change Companies)

Interactive Journaling® is a structured and experiential writing process that motivates and guides participants toward positive life changes. This trade-marked process enhances the behavior change process by engaging the participant in a structured exploration of their reasons to make and keep positive changes.

Temperament Theory (People Patterns)

Temperament is a configuration of observable personality traits, such as habits of communication, patterns of action, and sets of characteristic attitudes, values, and talents. Facilitators use of the exclusively licensed PDS – People Patterns and the Montgomery Temperament Assessment in an effort to tailor their approach to the learning style, motivation, abilities and strengths of the class Participants and help the Participants better understand themselves and others in their lives. (Keirsey, Montgomery, et. al).

How can we establish PDS programs in our area?

PDS training programs can be implemented quickly and at no cost to the county. There are no binding contracts or agreements to sign. Program fees paid by Participants. No Agency contracts required. Program Fee collection process administered directly by PDS. Programs can be established in counties throughout the state and conducted locally Classes may be scheduled on a monthly, 60 day, 90 day,or other basis to support the most desirable effect. PDS welcomes the opportunity to meet with your agency’s supervisors and staff to answer any questions and discuss how we can bring our programs to your area. For additional information about our programs, call PDS toll free at 800-775-3220.

PDS Programs are not therapeutic treatment

Personal Development Seminars (PDS) behavior awareness and intervention courses and curriculum are designed to provide information and program material for educational purposes only. They are provided with the understanding that PDS administrators, facilitators, and curriculum authors and publishers are not engaged in providing professional medical, mental health or other therapeutic treatment and advice and should not be substituted for professional, psychological or therapeutic services. The courses and curriculum are intended to help educate, inform and enlighten individuals, or assist those already engaged in an education/intervention/corrections programming and services. If expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.