The Center for Assessment, Inc.

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Overview of MRT

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a 12-step cognitive-behavioral group therapy program geared toward individuals with criminal offenses and substance use disorder. The program’s goal is to increase moral decision-making, reduce reoffending, and decrease the use of substances.

History of MRT

MRT was developed in the 1980s by Dr. Gregory Little and Dr. Ken Robinson in Memphis, TN. MRT fosters moral development in treatment-resistant clients through education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises.

For more than 30 years, individuals have received the benefits of MRT treatment programming in settings ranging from prisons and jails, community corrections, treatment courts, outpatient settings, sex offender programs, hospitals, and a variety of other settings.

It Works!

MRT is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. More than 200 research studies have shown that MRT works. Outcomes studies show a reduction in the recidivism rate of 30%–50% for

periods up to 20 years. MRT is used as a trusted intervention in 50 states and 9 countries.

How It Works

Workbook-Based-Group Intervention Participants work with a certified MRT facilitator through a workbook that includes homework and structured exercises. The workbook is broken down into 12 Steps that address 7 treatment issues. These

issues include:

            1.  Form a Positive Identity 

            2.  Confront Negative Behaviors, Attitudes and Beliefs 

            3.  Assessment of Current Relationships

            4. Reduction in Self-Indulgence & Improved Frustration Tolerance 

            5. Develop Improved Moral Reasoning

            6. Reinforce Positive Habits/Behaviors

            7. Improvement of Self Concept

Who Benefits from MRT

Many different populations can benefit from the positive impact of MRT including:

  • First time offenders
  • Chronic offenders
  • Probationers
  • Sexual offenders
  • Domestic violence offenders
  • Juvenile offenders
  • Veterans
  • Individuals with substance use disorder
  • Individuals struggling to find their life purpose

What We Offer

At the Center for Assessment, MRT Groups meet virtually via Zoom one time a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes. On average participants complete the program in 24-36 sessions however, some finish sooner and some take longer. Upon graduation from the MRT program, clients will receive an official certificate of completion.

Current Groups:

• Adult MRT for General Criminogenic Populations  and Substance Use Disorders

• Adult MRT for Males with Sexual Offenses (including pornography related offenses)

• Adult Breaking the Chains of Trauma MRT Program for women

• Adult Breaking the Chains of Trauma MRT Program for men

Referrals & Inquires

For MRT Groups Please contact Dr. Karen Groth at

To schedule an intake appointment with Dr. Groth, click here:

For Breaking the Chains of Trauma Groups please contact Ms. Samantha Blair at