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Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

o   Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®) is a cognitive-behavioral program that leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision making, and appropriate behaviors.
o   The MRT® treatment program moves clients from hedonistic (pleasure vs. pain) reasoning levels to levels where concern for social rules and others becomes important. 
o   MRT® takes the form of group and individual counseling using a structured program.
o   MRT® programs are used in jail diversion, domestic violence, DWI, anger management, community-based mental health, drug & mental health courts, family support, life skills and parenting programs.
o   Only trained and certified MRT® facilitators are permitted to conduct these highly effective and specialized treatment programs.
Definition of MRT®
MRT® was developed in 1985 by Dr. Gregory Little and Dr. Kenneth Robinson. The word reconation comes from the psychological term conative, which refer to the process of making conscious decisions.
MRT® Focuses On Eight Treatment Issues:


  1. Confrontation of beliefs & behaviors
  2. Assessment of current relationships
  3. Reinforcement of positive behavior
  4. Positive identity formation
  5. Enhancement of self-concept
  6. Decrease in pleasure-seeking
  7. Development of frustration tolerance
  8. Higher stages of moral reasoning


MRT® Treatment Programs
MRT® includes a number of cognitive-behavioral treatments, including:
  1. Substance abuse
  2. Relapse prevention
  3. DWI/DUI offenses
  4. Criminal thinking
  5. Domestic violence
  6. Juvenile Programs
  7. Anger Management
  8. Relapse Prevention
  9. Job Readiness
  10. Family Support
  11. Life Skills
  12. Parenting
o     MRT® is among the most researched and validated cognitive behavioral intervention programs, with more than 120 studies validating its effectiveness. 
o     In 2009 MRT® was placed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs.
MRT® for Substance Abuse Treatment & Criminal Justice Offenders
o     Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is the premiere cognitive-behavioral program for substance abuse treatment and for criminal justice offenders.
o     More than 120 published reports have documented that MRT-treated offenders show significantly lower recidivism for periods as long as 20 years after treatment.
o     Studies show MRT-treated offenders have re-arrest and re-incarceration rates 25% to 75% lower than expected.  
MRT® Clinical Philosophy
As long as clients’ judgments about right and wrong are made from low levels of moral reasoning, counseling them, training them in job skills, and even punishing them will have little long-lasting impact on their behavior. They must be confronted with the consequences of their behavior and the effect that it has had on their family, friends and community. Poor moral reasoning is common within at-risk populations.
MRT® addresses beliefs and reasoning. It is a systematic, step-by-step group counseling treatment approach for treatment-resistant clients. The program is designed to alter how clients think and make judgments about what is right and wrong. The MRT® system approaches the problem of treating resistant populations as a problem of low levels of moral reasoning. Moral reasoning represents how a person makes decisions about what he or she should or should not do in a given situation.