The peer support group plays a critical role for R.O.O.T.S. members. Each individual new to the program receives a mentor who serves as a role model and provides support and guidance. The support groups meet two times per week in a 12-week curriculum and inspire individuals to share their experiences and and support each other as they transition back into the community.
Regular weekly support groups include:
- Substance Abuse Awareness (Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm) – Led by Richard Sparrow, students learn to overcome substance abuse through cognitive therapies. The support group discusses substance abuse awareness and prevention, and skills for building and maintaining healthy relationships.
- Life Skills & Goal Setting (Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am) – Led by Travis Mines, students focus on skills needs to obtain jobs using the SMART method (Specific Measurable Attainable Relative Time-sensitive).
Other support groups include:
All support groups are grounded in cognitive-behavior therapy and focus on identifying negative thinking patterns and beliefs and replacing them with pro-social attitudes and behaviors. Effective cognitive-behavioral programs attempt to assist offenders:
- define the problems that led them into conflict with authorities,
- select goals,
- generate new alternative pro-social solutions, and
- implement these solutions.