FREE COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR CLASSES OFFERED
By Rick Rogers
Call any IT person about a computer glitch and it’s likely you’ll be advised to reboot.
That same idea is behind an intriguing San Diego-based program that mentally recalibrates veterans.
“Just like young men and women are programmed in boot camp how to conform to military life, so they have to be reprogrammed, if you will, when they get out in order to succeed back in the civilian world,” said Maurice Wilson, a former Navy man and co-founder of the REBOOT Workshop, which “transitions America’s heroes,” according to its website.
“What we do is upgrade their mental software in an incredible, life-changing way,” said Wilson, a former San Diego Urban League employment director whose program is attracting plenty of attention on land — and at sea.
Last week, the San Diego Workforce Partnership Inc. backed REBOOT with a $192,000 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant. The three-week classes are such hot tickets that they’re booked months in advance. Word has even spread to ships at sea, with sailors calling in to enroll.
If this all sounds a bit unconventional, it is.
National Veterans Transition Services Inc., which runs the workshops, even considers its three-phase “cognitive-behavioral educational intervention” training proprietary information. What actually transpires in REBOOT is purposely kept murky from prying reporters — or competitors.
Part of the reason could be that the nonprofit National Veterans Transition Services plans to take the training nationwide and doesn’t want anyone figuring out its secret recipe.
What is known is that the free course is coming to North County after what Wilson called a successful initial run in San Diego. He said Camp Pendleton officials have agreed to send transitioning Marines to the workshop this spring. Dates and locations were unavailable at press time.
According to REBOOT’s website, the organization is “dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life … by combining best-practice performance social solutions and techniques.”
This is done through:
– Providing early-stage cognitive-behavioral educational intervention, to help veterans “re-boot” from military programming.
– Helping veterans transition successfully from the battlefront to the home front.
– Assisting veterans in developing a successful re-entry plan.
– Minimizing the effects of stress associated with service.
– Addressing social problems at their root cause.
– Helping transfer military training to California’s labor force.
– Creating an effective model that can be replicated nationally that complements existing services.
“We are here to help them make a whole person transition from military service to civilian life, which includes getting them more involved in their careers and being more goal-oriented,” Wilson said.
He estimated 80 percent of all service members struggle in transitioning from military to civilian life because the rules are completely different.
For example, in the military, following orders is venerated. In the civilian world, initiative is prized.
“We address behavior,” Wilson said, “to reformat thinking.”
Wilson and National Veterans Transition Services aren’t the first to draw a straight line from thought to behavior to success.
In 1937, the late author Napoleon Hill published the acclaimed “Think and Grow Rich” after studying success and the successful for 20 years, including Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Theodore Roosevelt.
Among his many conclusions: “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
“Remember,” he wrote, “that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they ‘arrive.’”
Perhaps they simply needed a reboot.
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