Decision Points: Driving Under the Influence (DP-DUI)
What Training is Needed to Implement/Deliver Decision Points DUI?
Level 1: Decision Points Facilitator DUI Training (DPFT DUI) (Facilitate offender groups)
Level 2: Decision Points Advanced Practicum DUI (DPAP DUI) (Training for Trainers)
About the Training
Level 1 Decision Points Facilitator Training DUI (DPFT DUI): Consists of a 24-hour class based or 30 Hours online instruction over 9 sessions which prepares staff to facilitate the Decision Points program.
The DP-DUI program is a version of the Decision Points Program that has been modified for offenders convicted of Driving Under the Influence. DP-DUI is based on the same four (4) steps as the original Decision Points, and follows the same cognitive-behavioral principles.
DP-DUI focuses primarily on helping DUI offenders achieve and maintain abstinence. It also
addresses driving with license suspension.
The behavior of repeat DUI offenders is rooted in ways of thinking that justify and support their DUI behavior. The simple steps of DP-DUI have the potential to uncover and influence even deeply rooted attitudes and habits of thinking:
Step 1. DP-DUI teaches offenders how to pay attention to the thoughts and
feelings going on inside of them.
Step 2. We ask offenders to think about other people in their lives that may or
may not be part of this risk situation.
Step 3. This set of questions involves thinking of as many actions as they can,
then evaluating those possible choices in terms of escaping the trouble cycle and
how personally realistic each choice is.
Step 4. Question 4 challenges DUI offenders to think of new ways they can
think that makes it easier for them not drink or drive with a suspended license
and feel good about it.
Each lesson of DP-DUI gives special attention to each of these steps. In addition each lesson includes teaching and practice of “coping strategies” that have proven useful in achieving and maintaining abstinence. These strategies are grouped into two (2) categories:
Coping with Cravings targets dealing with cravings. A “craving” is a powerful
inside experience that seems to be telling a person what to do.
Solving Situations targets strategies that either avoiding going to tempting
situations or ways to exit situations when temptations arise.