Source: (2002) Paper presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Getting Real program focuses on accountability and restoration, through cognitively based approaches, which outline the direct link between thinking used to support behavior, and consequences. The group centers on the development of productive patterns of thinking and identification of appropriate behaviors by providing the opportunity to explore and identify feelings, personal value, and the potential to create a future that is based in a lifestyle geared toward honesty, accountability, and responsibility. The benchmark of this program is the identification of teachable moments and meeting them with creativity and spontaneity while using the topic areas to assist in behavioral change. Author's abstract.