Some experts have argued that all learning is self-directed. ACCI has come to learn from decades of facilitating life skills classes that teaching doesn’t always lead to learning. We understand that it is validating to the human experience for students in our self-directed character development programs to be challenged to explore, evaluate and take ownership over their thinking errors and discover their own solutions through ACCI’s proprietary cognitive restructuring curriculum. So much of our efforts in today’s educational systems is made from an out side in approach. Where as, ACCI’s self-directed learning approach says, in effect, that for sustainable long term behavioral change to occur, one must take ownership for their thinking errors and corresponding solutions. More recently, we have integrated the use a pro-social coach, parent or mentor from within the participant’s immediate circle of influence which has significantly increased the potency, retention and application of the cognitive life skills that all of our courses offer. After careful observation of outcome studies and participant evaluations, we have come to say that learning and changing takes place within the context of positive relationships.