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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Three Trees?

Three Trees Center for Change is an education, counseling, and consulting organization dedicated to helping people heal harmful habits through evidence-based CBI programs.


How does it compare to substance abuse treatment or mental health counseling?

CBI at its core is neither substance abuse treatment nor mental health counseling. However, substance abuse treatment centers and mental health counseling agencies (plus treatment courts and diversion programs) use our CBI workbooks to enhance their treatment programs. They are three different disciplines, that interact a great deal, but each have their own etiologies and targeted responses. The crux of CBI is using trauma informed, evidence based, cognitive behavioral workbooks to help an individual inquire about (and change) the patterns they have developed in thinking, feeling, and acting that have led to harmful habits.


Is CBI Evidence Based?

Yes. Our CBI classrooms that utilize our CBI workbooks have been reviewed for over ten years by an independent organization. We have found that success rates average between 85-95%, depending on the year and the program. We define success as graduates of the program having no more issues, three years post-graduation.


How can my college / university start using CBI curriculums?

The best way to get started is to set up a meeting where we can learn more about the needs of the students you serve and see how our services might align with those needs. Some colleges like to get certified in our curriculums and provide them themselves directly to the students. Other colleges like to send the students to us to participate in our programming.


Can I sign up voluntarily?

Nearly all our programs accept voluntary referral. Just give us a call to learn more.


I want to become a facilitator; how do I start? What do I need?

If you are interested in getting certified in our curriculums and model the best thing to do is give us a call. Certification typically requires us doing anywhere from a one-day to a five-day training depending on your goals and current service options. We like to spend some time with you prior to you getting certified learning about what your needs our so we can best tailor each certification process to the goals of the community you will be serving.


What is CBI?

CBI stands for Cognitive Behavioral Inquiry and is a model developed right here at Three Trees Center for Change. It is a psycho-educational approach that uses CBI workbooks and guided group inquiry to help individuals make changes. It is trauma informed and rooted in cognitive behavioral restructuring. The inquiry portion reflects on how our facilitators help individuals explore the Three Trees of Change of (1) Emotional Resilience, (2) Cognitive Consonance, and (3) Behavioral Efficacy.


Do you have free resources?

Yes. It is important to us that anyone, anywhere can learn about CBI and the impact it can have on their life. We have a podcast through which we discuss the components of CBI in 50 minute episodes, and use all forms of social media to make sure that people can access change for free in whatever form most appeals to them, no matter where they live or who they are.


Is CBI just for court mandated clients?

While we originally just focused on court mandated clients, we now also work with college students and workplaces. We have developed individual CBI workbooks, based on our evidence-based curriculums, to target some of the most common needs of campus settings and workplace environments.


How does CBI also apply to workplaces? 

We offer many CBI change services for workplaces. These services range from Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity training to Professional Resilience training, to individual and group workplace coaching. The best way to begin is to set up a free consulting session so we can learn more about the needs of your organization and how our services could help you tackle current challenges and grow into your future.


Do I have to be in the area to enroll?

All of our services are available through online classrooms so no matter where you live, we can help you on your journey of change.


How can I learn more about CBI?

Because CBI was born at Three Trees, the best way to learn more is to set up a time for us to talk. If you have a group of people who would like to learn more, then just give us a call to develop a training opportunity with you.

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