Thinking Matters

Thinking Matters is a Cognitive Restructuring program that forces individuals to examine the core attitudes and beliefs that motivate their thinking patterns and dictate their behaviors. It attempts to expose an individual to critical thinking errors that lead them to repeated, illegal, negative, or destructive behaviors. Thinking Matters then challenges individuals to develop new thinking patterns that if successful, over time, will establish new core attitudes and beliefs therefore changing behavior.


Thinking Matters requires regular attendance, group participation, written homework assignments, and can be coupled with random drug testing, or other programs offered through Community Corrections.


The Thinking Matters Program is an intensive 6 to 8 week program that meets twice per week for, 2 hours, at Washtenaw County Community Corrections. (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.).


  • Anyone who is ordered to the program by a Judge/Magistrate or Probation Agent.
  • Anyone who is not actively using illicit substances that would impair cognitive functioning (with the exception of THC abusers).
  • Anyone who is able to read and write. (Written assignments are the foundation of the Thinking Matters Program)
  • Anyone who may need to examine or challenge their core attitudes/beliefs, in order to change a repeated negative, illegal, or destructive behavior.