The first step in the decision-making process is to define the situation
that you need to make a decision about. Situations are the separate
events that make up your life. Each decision you make depends on
the situation in which you find yourself.
The symbol we use for a situation is the letter "S" inside
a circle. The circle surrounds and isolates the situation. The curves
of the "S" link the elements of a situation: external
(facts) and internal (feelings).
In step one clients are asked to consider how they got to where
they are now = "Define the situation."
What were the roots of your current
incarceration, or of any particular situation from your past
experience? We offer a memory acronym of CARD to help
personalize the review.
C - Chance...a sheer
accident out of your control. Lottery winner.
A - Assumption...taking
something for granted without considering alternatives....Tom is
always on that street corner, so I'll meet him.
Reaction....Unconsidered, often emotional response...All my cars
should be red.
D - Decision...Action
based on careful consideration of alternatives and results.
Symbols of all 6 steps in the decision
making process surround the Thresholds symbol,
through which the student inmate must pass in order to improve his
Accompany ideas sketched at
random are tools to help perfect the process.
Memorandum art created by a 2008