Cognitive Behavioural Programs

When inmates show a high risk of reoffending, B.C. Corrections ensures they take cognitive behavioural programs. These programs have been proven to reduce criminal behaviour and are delivered to offenders at correctional centres and community offices across B.C.

Targeting the Roots of Crime

Cognitive behavioural programs attempt to change an offender's thinking and behaviour by targeting issues that contribute to the offender's criminal lifestyle, including:

  • Substance abuse
  • Violence
  • Difficulties with spousal relationships
  • Problems with emotional outbursts

By overcoming these issues, offenders learn to make better choices and to develop support networks that help them make positive changes in their lives.

Programming for Risks and Needs

Correctional and probation officers deliver core programs to high and medium-risk offenders based on their individual risk and needs assessments. Programs include:

  • Substance Abuse Management Program: Twelve 90-minute sessions that help offenders identify destructive thinking patterns and set goals for recovery
  • Violence Prevention: Ten 150-minute sessions that help offenders recognize the source of their anger, improve their communication skills and learn respectful, non-violent problem-solving techniques
  • Relationship Violence Prevention: A two-part program consisting of 10 sessions delivered by Corrections staff and 17 sessions delivered by trained therapists that helps offenders identify abusive behaviour, understand its harmful impact and learn how to avoid it in their spousal relationships. The Relationship Violence Cultural Edition is offered to clients in the Lower Mainland in their first language.
  • Sex Offender Intervention and Maintenance: Sessions and continued support vary as required. We partner with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission in a collaborative and coordinated approach to provide programming in both a community and custody setting.