The Short Motivational Programme (SMP) is a one-on-one programme designed to help motivate you to think about your offending and what you can do to stop offending in the future. You will meet regularly with a Corrections programme facilitator who is trained to help people create a crime-free future for themselves.
The SMP is available in prisons and in the community.
The programme is for male and female offenders with low motivation who are not serving sentences for child sex offending, sexual assault, or rape.
Your probation officer or sentence planner will advise you if you are suitable for the SMP and they will also tell you if another programme may be more suitable.
The programme is run over five weeks, with one session one day a week. Each session usually runs for one hour.
You will meet with a programme facilitator or a psychologist who will help to motivate you to look more closely at your own offending and the reason that you offend.
You will be asked to talk about your offending – about what happens, what you are getting out of it, and what it is costing you and your family. You will start to learn how to deal positively with thoughts, behaviours, and situations that make you likely to offend again.
The programme facilitator or psychologist will work with you to set goals and increase your motivation for making positive changes in the ways that you think and behave.
You may wish to tell people who are important to you – your family, friends or the people you work for and with – that you are doing this programme. They may be able to support you in creating a positive crime-free future.
Talk to your probation officer or sentence planner for more information.
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