Anti Social – Pro Social

 

Sometimes treatment labels can have more then one meaning.  In the community a person that is labeled antisocial is simply defined as a person who does not like to hang out with others and prefers to be by him or herself.  When talking about criminal thinking and the related behaviors, this definition changes.

 

A person that is identified as antisocial in the criminal world, is someone that has:

·         Negative views about the law

·         Negative expressions of conventional institutions (school, work, system-bashing)

·         Negative expressions of self-management (“I can’t do that,”)

 

A prosocial person is the opposite of the antisocial person. He has a:

 

The goal of OYA and the Haag Home is to change an antisocial person into a prosocial person. The staff at the Haag Home act as the change agent (or someone close to you that helps you to change into a more prosocial person).  It should be noted that neither the staff, your P.O., nor any other person, could make you change. Only you can change yourself. Our job (in part) is to help assure society that if you return to the community there will be a lower probability that you will continue to commit crimes.

 

Assessment:

 

The way we (the program) can assess whether a person has a better chance of making it in the community is to see a reduction of antisocial risk factors. Here are some major risk factors:

 

  1. Antisocial attitudes (see above examples)
  2. Hanging out with pro-criminal persons
  3. Personality Factors such as: Impulsivity, weak socialization, lack of commitment toward completing things that you start etc.
  4. A history of antisocial behavior
  5. Family background such as: Does your family have a pro-criminal attitude?
  6. Low levels of personal, educational, vocational or financial achievement

 

The Haag Home is designed to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate a decrease in your antisocial risk factors while increasing your prosocial attitudes. Your time at the Haag Home should be spent with that objective in mind:

 

DECREASE YOUR ANTISOCIAL ATTITUDE WHILE INCREASING YOUR PROSOCIAL VALUES.

 

The Haag Home provides several ways for you to increase your prosocial values. The staff at the Haag Home are required at all times to model prosocial values and intervene on antisocial behavior and attitudes.

 

Your commitment to change antisocial attitudes into prosocial values was assessed prior to your arrival at the Haag Home.  The results of this assessment should identify antisocial attitudes while supporting your commitment to change.  This commitment level was taken into consideration when it was determined that you were an appropriate placement for this program.

 

It is understandable that a person at the Haag Home is anxious to return to the community. If you are at the Haag Home, this should be the last step before you re-enter society. However, the difference between a successful entry and a person that returns to closed custody, or fails the program, is the ability to demonstrate prosocial values and behavior. It is not enough to simply change behavior.

 

The ‘Weed and Its Roots’:

 

A good metaphor to support the importance of prosocial values is the example of the ‘weed and its roots’. Everyone wants to rid his or her yard of undesired weeds.  If you chop off the weeds however and ignore the roots, what will happen? They weed grows right back! 

 

Like the weed example, if you just front the program, and ignore your poor attitude of the rules, or ignore your thinking errors, it is just a matter of time before your behavior deteriorates back toward antisocial activities.  On the other hand, if you change your values, monitor your triggers, etc., then your behavior will continually move toward prosocial activities and values.

 

A Consequence by itself is not enough:

 

The obvious consequence for committing crimes is to be locked up.  Someone is locked up when the community no longer feels safe and no longer has faith that the person will choose to change and remain crime free. 

 

Being locked up is an obvious punishment, however, punishment alone is not enough to change someone who is antisocial into someone who suddenly has prosocial values and behaviors.  While we know that punishment is a necessary component for change (that is, if there were no consequences for committing crimes, there would be no deterrent for antisocial people to commit crimes), punishment by itself is not enough.  Someone who truly wants to change must make a cognitive change.

 

Cognitive and Behavior:

 

Being locked up is an example of a behavioral intervention.  In addition to behavioral change, the Haag Home works on the process of increasing a person’s cognitive awareness. Cognitive means the awareness of a person’s objective reality (how he is able to objectively view the world around him).  If a person is not aware that he needs to get rid of the ‘weed and its rootsin order for them not to grow back, he will constantly have a yard full of weeds.  Likewise, if a person knows that he has to get rid of the roots, but is so lazy he does nothing about it, he STILL has a yard full of weeds!  To be successful you have to apply both cognitive awareness (knowledge that the roots must be removed) and behavior (removing those roots from the soil) in order to get the results you desire.

 

Both Cognitive awareness and Behavioral change must occur in order for someone to change from an antisocial criminal to prosocial member of society.     

 

 

Anti Social – Pro Social

 

Sometimes treatment labels can have more then one meaning.  In the community a person that is labeled ______________ is simply defined as a person who does not like to hang out with others and prefers to be by him or herself.  When talking about criminal thinking and the related behaviors, this definition changes.

 

What are three examples of Antisocial Behavior?

 

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What are three examples of Prosocial Behavior?

 

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What is the goal of OYA and the Haag Home? _______________________________________________

 

 

 

What is our job (in part)? _________________________________________________________________

 

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Assessment:

 

Name six major risk factors:

 

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What is the objective that you should always keep in mind?______________________________________

 

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What was taken into consideration prior to your placement at the Haag Home?____________________

 

 

 

The ‘Weed and Its Roots’:

 

What is meant by the metaphor of the ‘Weed and Its Roots’? _____________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Consequence by itself is not enough:

 

Why is punishment not enough by itself to make someone change?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cognitive and Behavior:

 

What is Cognitive Awareness? _____________________________________________________________     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What two things must be changed together in order for someone to change from an antisocial criminal to a prosocial member of society? ______________________________________________________________