Cognitive Behavioural Programs

When men and women in custody show a high risk of reoffending, BC Corrections ensures they take cognitive behavioural programs. These programs have proven to reduce criminal behaviour and are delivered to individuals at correctional centres and community offices across B.C.

Targeting the Roots of Crime

Cognitive behavioural programs attempt to change a person’s thinking and behaviour by targeting issues that contribute to the criminal lifestyle, including:

  • Substance abuse
  • Violence
  • Difficulties with spousal relationships
  • Problems with sexual offending

By overcoming these issues, people in custody learn to make better choices, practice pro-social thinking patterns, and develop safe 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 people in custody based on their individual risk and needs assessments. Programs include:

  • Substance Abuse Management Program: Twelve 90-minute sessions that help people identify the thinking patterns that support their misuse of alcohol and drugs and set goals for recovery.
  • Thinking Leads 2 Change: Twelve 105-minute sessions using a strength-based approach to help female clients learn new strategies to change or overcome their thinking that leads to problematic behaviour.
  • Living Without Violence: Ten 150-minute sessions that help individuals 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 13 sessions delivered by trained therapists that help clients 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 on the Lower Mainland in their first language.
  • Sex Offender Intervention and Maintenance: Sessions and continued support vary as required. BC Corrections partners with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission in a collaborative and coordinated approach to provide programming in both a community and custody setting