Taking part in a programme

As part of your sentence you may be required to complete a programme. We currently run four different programmes and each one has been designed to help you change your offending behaviour and move on with your life. The programmes, which involve group work, are nationally accredited which means they have been approved by the Ministry of Justice.

Building Better Relationships
Building Better Relationships is programme for men who have been violent towards their wife or partner. Using group work, it has been designed to help you understand and manage your aggressive behaviour so that you don’t re-offend in the future.

There are 30 group sessions, with each one lasting up to 2 ½ hours. The course is split into four modules: Foundation, My Thinking, My Emotions and My Relationships. The course will encourage you to think and behave in a more positive way so that stop causing harm to your partner or children.

Thinking Skills
Thinking Skills is a programme which has been designed to help you understand your behaviour so that you don’t re-offend in the future. There are 15 group sessions, with each one lasting up to 2 ½ hours.

The course is split into three modules: Self Control, Problem Solving and Positive Relations. You’ll also have a one-to-one session with your facilitator where you’ll be able to discuss the programme and how it fits with you and your lifestyle.

Drink Impaired Drivers
Drink-impaired drivers account for a significant proportion of road fatalities. This programme is for people whose offence relates to drinking and driving. It focuses on helping you to acknowledge the consequences of drink-driving. There are 14 group sessions, with each one lasting up to 2 ½ hours.

RESOLVE
RESOLVE is a programme designed for men who have been convicted of violent offences. Taking part in the course will help you learn new skills and find better ways to manage and control your behaviour.

There are four individual sessions and 23 group sessions, with each one lasting up to 2 ½ hours. The course is split into six modules: Foundation, Understanding my Aggression, Thinking and Attitudes, Emotions and Conflict Management, Lifestyle and Associates and Living my Preferred Life.

How will it help me?
Taking part in a programme will:

•    help to give you a better understanding of why you have committed the offence
•    make you aware of how your attitudes and beliefs can affect your behaviour
•    show you how to develop practical ways of maintaining change once you have finished the course
•    help to create a better life for you and those affected by your behaviour
•    help you to understand the impact of your emotions on decision making
•    show you how to see things from another person’s point of view
•    help you to identify unhelpful influences and ways to develop positive relationships
•    encourage you to get involved in group sessions through a safe, respectful and  interesting environment in which you can learn

What can I do?
Your probation worker will do what they can to help you but it’s important that you make the effort yourself. You should:

•    attend all sessions and arrive on time
•    arrive with a clear head, not under the influence of alcohol or drugs
•    treat staff and other people in the group with respect
•    listen to the course tutor and actively take part in sessions
•    complete work in between sessions as required
•    Sign a consent form allowing us to give information about your attendance to your victim, the police and social services
•    tell your probation worker if you change your phone number

What happens if I miss a session?
You must do your best to attend every session. If you miss a session, we will need to know why. If you miss a session because you are ill then you’ll need to ask your doctor to sign a medical certificate.

If your reason for missing an appointment is accepted by your probation worker, then you must attend a catch-up session before the next group session. If you miss more than three sessions, you must re-start the programme. If your reason for missing a session is not accepted, then you could go back to court.

You could go back to court if you break any rules of your probation. If you are on licence or parole, then you could go back to prison.
 

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