While on probation there are various programmes available to help you gain skills and overcome personal issues.
Alcohol Study Group (ASG or ASG FEMALE)
The ASG provides information and support about alcohol. It encourages you to look at your own drinking, identifies the problems drinking causes and formulates a plan that will reduce the negative consequences of alcohol.
You are expected to keep a weekly drink diary throughout the course. The group consists of six sessions, each approximately 1.5 hours long.
Aggression Control Training (ACT)
This programme focuses on dealing with high levels of aggression. It looks at expressive (effective or emotional) anger or aggression rather than instrumental (systematic, planned) violence. An offender referred for this programme has usually been convicted of at least two offences of violence. The programme consists of 25 sessions.
Self Management and Rational Thinking (SMART)
The programme assists offenders by teaching them various skills to help them avoid re-offending. A lack of reasoning, judgement or thinking skills has been a key factor in some offenders. It is designed to work with offenders who are at a high risk of re-offending. The programme comprises of 35 sessions.
Offending is not the Only Choice (OINTOC or OINTOC FEMALE)
This programme is available through the Cognitive Centre Foundation. It is 20 sessions and is suitable for offenders at medium risk of offending. The programme helps offenders avoid re-offending.
Adapt Domestic Abuse Prevention Training (ADAPT)
The ADAPT programme is based on the Duluth model of power and control. It consists of five modules of six sessions and focuses on motivation and level of acceptance of abusive behaviour towards a spouse or partner. Referrals are made through the ADAPT co-ordinator, who will assess each person’s suitability for the programme. ADAPT is run through the Domestic Violence programme.
Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP)
This programme is administered on a one-to-one basis. The programme consists of eight modules and is based on the psychometric evaluation that is performed at the beginning of the programme.