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I feel it's a good book with a lot of helpful skills in it. I feel it helps you look at your life in a different light, and helps you have a more stable life with more control. A lot of times, people just lack the tools to succeed in life, and I feel like this workbook provides those tools.
Male, age 23, Burglary, New Directions Cognitive Awareness

Historical Fiction

ACCI relies heavily on storytelling to deliver its message and achieve cognitive restructuring. Our workbooks are based on real people and family units gleaned from years of personal experience in facilitating life skills groups for offenders. The two family units, the Millers and the Johnsons, portrayed in the workbooks, come from Kerrville, Texas. Jason, a member of the Johnson clan, was first encountered in the Kerr County Jail on a project funded through a life skills grant.

Historical fiction allows the writer to fill in the space between known facts. A big factor in the appeal to offenders is the Johnson story and how their challenges mirror their own lives. Experiential learning, when coupled with historical fiction, is a potent change agent. The best-selling book Influencer, The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, describes how well-written vicarious stories will disarm people's objections to what you are trying to teach them.