The basket of programmes is available for use in any of the three service streams as well as for self-referring clients. Programme impact is assessed through the following measures:
(i) Pre and post test
(ii) Group observation tools
(iii) Individual observation tools
(iv) Continuous assessment of the individual
(v) Client satisfaction survey
Me and My family
Me and My Family is a programme for adult men who are husbands and fathers. The programme looks at the family dynamics and the impact that being an offender has had on the family.
It is known that the young sons of male offenders are at increased risk of becoming offenders themselves. This programme seeks to break the intergenerational effects of crime and help male offenders become the kinds of husbands and fathers they want to be.
The programme consists of 10 sessions lasting of two to three hours each. The sessions can run once a week or once every two weeks. Group sizes should not exceed 10 people.
Partners in Parenting
Partners in Parenting is a programme for parents of young offenders or adult offenders who are parents. The programme teaches positive parenting skills, family conflict management and positive discipline techniques. Research shows a definite link between parenting styles and techniques and the likelihood of the child engaging in problem behaviour. In addition, many of our adult offenders have children and they face serious challenges in the home when it comes to creating a stable and nurturing environment.
The programme contains 10 sessions, eight of which are for the parents and two sessions are for the children with the parents.
TEP is mainly used for offenders in prison. TEP begins six months prior to an offender’s release and continues for six to 12 months after release. The goal of TEP is to assist released offenders in making the transition prison back into society. Released inmates are at risk of re-offending if they do not receive adequate support and assistance. The programme will focus on the specific groups needs and address issues such as lifeskills, attitudes, handling conflict, lifestyle choices and finding employment.
ADAPT stands for Adolescent Drug Abuse and Prevention Treatment Programme. The programme is suitable for offenders aged 12 to 18 years, as well as some older offenders with lower cognitive and verbal functioning.
The goal of ADAPT is to address the use and abuse of substances. It is not an addiction treatment programme. The kinds of offenders on this programme will be experimenting or abusing substances. The programme focuses on the attitudes and behaviour that have contributed towards the substance abuse and experimentation. The emphasis is on enhancing the offender’s ability to resist and manage negative influences as well as create a better understanding of the negative effects of substance abuse.
ADAPT can last for 24 to 30 hours, run over 12 to 24 sessions. Group size is normally 10-15 people.
The Matrix programme deals with substance addiction. It is suitable for adults and adolescents who are addicted to substances. The programme can last for up to 132 hours delivered over 42 weeks. The programme emphasizes relapse prevention and recovery skills and contains elements of individual counselling, early recovery groups, relapse prevention groups, family education, social support groups and urine testing.
Structured lifeskills programmes are offered to both adult and youth offenders. The goal of the lifeskills programme is to address the resilience and coping skills of the offender, change attitudes and behaviour and better equip the person to function in society. The general topic themes are communication skills, decision-making skills, conflict management skills, anger management and development of personal responsibility.
The programme can last from between eight to ten weeks, with 10 sessions lasting two to three hours each. Sessions can be held once a week or twice a week. Group size is normally ten to fifteen people.
The Perpetrator of Intimate Partner Violence (PIPV) is a domestic violence intervention that focuses on the offender, the victim and the family.
The goal of PIPV is to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of physical, emotional and verbal abuse in the home. The programme explores the cycle of violence, the effects of violence on the family, anger and conflict management, partner and spouse roles, myths and stereotypes. The programme also includes individual counselling and a workshop held between the offender and the victim which deals with protection orders and safety plans.
PIPV is run over sixteen weeks, with each session lasting one to three hours. There are thirty sessions.