This tells you how you can support someone taking part in a rehabilitation programme to help them change their offending behaviour.
Rehabilitation programmes teach people the skills to change how they think and behave so they can avoid re-offending.
Trained programme facilitators deliver intensive, culturally-appropriate programmes that encourage people to take responsibility for their offending and make positive changes in their lives. Sometimes programmes are run in groups, and sometimes one-to-one. It takes time for people to work on all the areas they need to address, so programmes are usually run over a period of time, sometimes weeks or months.
People who take on the challenge of a rehabilitation programme work very hard. They have to be honest with themselves and the group. Support from family/whanau and friends can be important to each person’s success.
How much support you give is your decision. It must be comfortable for you and the person doing the programme.
You will be able to show your support if you:
Participants will know what thinking and behaviours contribute to their offending and have learned how to avoid high-risk situations. Most importantly, they will be able to talk about things with you and other support people who can help them make changes that last.
If you have questions about how you can help, you can talk to the programme facilitator.
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