Common Questions

Some common questions people have about PERT Prevention.

 

General Questions

What is the Responsible Thinking Model?

We use a Model of Responsible Thinking as the foundation of our program. Our experience has been that for many offenses- theft, vandalism, disorderly conduct, trespassing, curfew violations, and others- there is overlap in the irresponsible thinking and decision-making that led to the offense. The Responsible Thinking Model helps each individual recognize how being aware of his thoughts and feelings, options, goals, and consequences ultimately will lead to responsible behavior. As the presentation unfolds, we expand the discussion to include how people can be responsible in all aspects of their life.

What does PERT stand for?

Program for the Encouragement of Responsible Thinking.

When did PERT begin?

PERT began in 1980 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as part of Dr. Gottlieb's dissertation research. In 1982, workshops began to be offered in Minnesota. Research for the online class began in 2008.

Do I have to be referred by the court?

While most people are court-referred, we’ve received an increasing number of referrals prior to the first court appearance. Why? Attorneys have advised their clients to complete PERT ahead of time to demonstrate their commitment to behavior change. Often, the court then allows the PERT class to serve as the main requirement in sentencing. Your attorney can tell you if this is an option.

Who can benefit from this class?

Our experience with PERT classes since 1980 has taught us that the most important shared feature of participants was that they had made choices to act irresponsibly. Therefore, appropriate referrals include theft, vandalism, disorderly conduct, trespassing, tampering with a motor vehicle, driving offenses, underage possession, and other misdemeanor offenses. Some jurisdictions refer the majority of their misdemeanor offenses, including people whose infractions were prompted by anger, impulsivity, or immaturity (think of college pranks growing out of control). Other counties refer primarily shoplifting and theft offenses. If an individual can benefit from examining his/her behavior, PERT should be considered as an option.



In-Person Class Questions

How can I obtain a referral form for a workshop?

Navigate to Need a Referral Form? and Need Directions? on this website, and follow the instructions for downloading a form. The forms have the directions and class times.

Once I have the form, how can I find out the schedule of upcoming classes?

Navigate to Class Schedule on this website, or call (763) 533-3885 for information.

How is this program funded?

The PERT Program is funded by the registration fees paid by participants. As a result, fee waivers are generally not an option.

 

How can someone sign up for the program?

In many counties, the probation or corrections staff will sign a person up for the program. Staff can use one of the forms available on this website. In some counties and cities, the person must sign up directly with PERT. You can do this by calling PERT at (612) 331-5057 or by sending an e-mail to director@pertclass.com ..... Be sure to provide the following information:

  • Your full first name and last name (if you are calling, spell your name slowly) AND your date of birth.
  • The county AND city who referred you (for example, Ramsey County-Maplewood, or Dakota County-Burnsville)
  • The class and location you want to attend (for example, Stillwater, November 8th)
  • Your phone number (if you are calling, say this slowly and please repeat it)

For more information, you can go to the Sign-Up Page.

Who is inappropriate to refer to the program?

If the individual clearly needs a more intensive program (versus a one-day PERT workshop), court personnel should consider other options. PERT is sometimes a struggle for people with hearing impairments or extreme difficulty understanding English. In such cases, an interpreter provided by the court would be helpful. Since most of the workshop is presented verbally, it is not essential that the person have reading or writing skills.

What is the cost of a workshop?

Beginning in 2009, the registration fee is $60.00, which the participant pays with cash or money order (no checks) on the day of the workshop.

Who is appropriate to refer to the program?

If the individual clearly needs a more intensive program (versus a one-day PERT workshop), court personnel should consider other options. PERT is sometimes a struggle for people with hearing impairments or extreme difficulty understanding English. In such cases, an interpreter provided by the court would be helpful. Since most of the workshop is presented verbally, it is not essential that the person have reading or writing skills.

Where are PERT workshops available?

Workshops are held periodically in Roseville for adults (18 years old and up). There are classes in Chaska for teenagers (13 through 17 years old). Please see the PERT schedule for class dates.



Online Class Questions

Can I take the class on-line?

Some counties and cities that refer to PERT require that the class be taken in person, although they will occasionally allow someone to take the online class instead. Other courts freely allow the online class. Please contact PERT if you have any questions.

 

We highly recommend that you complete the online program a week before any court deadline or appearance. This allows time to "fix" any technical problems.

 

PERT may contact you within two days to confirm (with simple questions) that you completed the course. DO NOT ALLOW SOMEONE ELSE TO TAKE THE COURSE FOR YOU. If it is determined that you did not take the course yourself, the court will be notified.

 

If you have questions about how to pay by credit card (instead of PayPal), click here for assistance..

Help! I finished the course but I did not print my certificate. What can I do?

If you have lost your certificate, or you were unable to print it, send an e-mail to director@pertclass.com PERT will make arrangements to either send you a certificate or contact your referring county to provide documentation of completion.

Do I still need to appear in court after completing the online class?

Be sure to attend whatever court appearances and responsibilities that remain for you. PERT does not have information about this - it is an agreement between you and the court (or program). Many counties will want you to complete PERT and then appear in court with your certificate.
 

What are the computer requirements for taking the online course?

We recommend a 1.6 GHz or faster processor, a broadband internet connection, a monitor with good resolution (1280x1024 or higher), a sound card with speakers or headphones, a current version of your browser, and the latest version of Flash plugin.



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