CRC run Programmes

Thinking Skills Programme : The Thinking Skills Programme is a group programme which develops thinking skills to help offenders keep out of trouble. You work with others in groups on 3 modules : Self-Control, Problem Solving and Positive Relationships. The group session will last around 2 hours and there is usually a one to one session afterwards which will last up to 1 hour.

Drink Impaired Driving :  DIDs is a group programme for people who have committed a drink-driving offence. The programme helps avoid drink-driving in the future, understand how alcohol affects the body and your driving skills, plan effectively so that you don‘t need to drive after drinking, monitor your drinking patterns and understand why you drink, look at why you committed the offence, talk about the effects your behaviour has on other people, and to drive safely. There are up to 14 sessions held weekly, each session lasting up to 3 hours.

Building Skills for Recovery ( aka Offender Substance Abuse Programme). : BSR is a groupwork programme for men and women whose substance abuse (drugs and / or alcohol) increases the chance of them committing new offences. Participants on the course up a Personal Recovery Toolkit aimed at reducing their substance abuse and chances of re-offending. BSR has a minimum of 19 sessions, 16 in the group and 3 with an individual tutor. The programme can be delivered in up to 4 sessions per week, but local arrangements will vary.

Resolve : Resolve is a group programme that aims to reduce violent behaviour in men over 18 years of age. Group members will look at the risk factors that lead to their violent behaviour and learn how to reduce those risks. Resolve has 21 group sessions. It also has 4 one to one meetings with facilitators at different stages of the programme, to review. It is usually delivered two times per week but times and local arrangements will vary.

Building Better Relationships : BRB is a group programme for men who have been violent in their relationships. Participant learn more about the sorts of behaviour that damage relationships, get a better understanding of themselves and see how personal issues play a part in the violence shown to partners. It aims to improve relationships and to develop the skills to avoid the behaviour in the future. If you are placed on this program, the CRC will contact your (ex) partner or wife for their input.

Low intensity alcohol programme : LIAP is a programme for people with a drinking problem which may be affecting many areas of their life, not just offending. The programme is for people who drink to excess, but not those who are dependant on alcohol. It will help group members consider how alcohol can affect thinking and actions, consider how alcohol affects emotions, learn more about alcohol, how it affects the body and dispel some of the myths about drinking alcohol and identify high risk situations and explore the link between drinking and offending. It will take the group over 14-16 sessions, usually spread over a 5-6 week period.

New Directions: This programme is for offenders who are new to the criminal justice system and who would benefit from a short intervention. It teaches new skills and ways of coping with problems, such as improving the offender’s ability to recognise problems and finding out how to take the best decisions. It focuses on learning about the impact and consequences of crime and raising awareness about the issues and feelings victims experience. It helps the service user deciding what changes need to be made to prevent re-offending and to keep away from future crime.

CoVAID: This programme is for male offenders who have committed a crime linked to violence or aggression after having drunk alcohol. The focus of the programme is looking at how they think and feel and how this links to them becoming aggressive and learning ways to manage angry feelings. Users learn ways to control drinking to reducing the chance of getting into trouble through becoming violent or aggressive after drinking.

APS: Achieving Peaceful Solutions is a progamme that tries to unpick the main factors underling violent behaviour and teaches people to use alternative methods to resolve conflict. It teaches new skills and ways of coping with problems, such as developing skills for managing unrealistic expectations about the behaviour of others and challenging any wider societal views or opinions which support the use of violence. It helps develop the skills needed to manage conflict in a socially acceptable manner. APS is for offenders who pose a low to medium risk of harm and who have committed an offence that is violent or aggressive, including criminal damage and public order offences.

WISER: WISER is a course for women offenders. It uses Cognitive Behavioural Theory and encourages offenders to examine why they have offended and motivates them to change. The programme teaches new skills and ways of coping with problems, such as challenging the beliefs, thoughts and values that contribute to offending and developing skills to better manage emotions and behaviours. It tries to develop confidence in decision-making so that the women can lead a more appropriate lifestyle. It supports the women in planning their own personal goals and helps participants in identifying future risks and developing skills and strategies to deal with them. The programme is usually accompanied by a six-month community order

Improving Relationships: The course is designed for individuals in relationships marked by high levels of conflict. It works with people who commit domestic abuse and encourages them to accept personal responsibility for their negative behaviour and builds on their determination to change. The course addresses anger management, perspective taking, communication and conflict resolution, victim empathy and distress reduction. The programme recognises the patterns of negative behaviour that result from dysfunctional family dynamics and promotes attitudes and skills to help participants break these patterns of behaviour.


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