M CRC offers a comprehensive range of accredited programmes and activities to help people to understand the reasons behind why they have committed their offences, and to look at ways to stop them from repeating the behaviour.
A range of activities have also been developed that tackle offending behaviour.
Our programmes and activities are described below:
Designed for men who have had problems with aggression towards their partner, this programme aims to help men develop healthier, happier relationships and to deal with difficult situations calmly and positively.
It focuses on understanding past behaviours and developing awareness of what triggers aggression. Through one-to-one and group work, participants are helped to find alternative ways of dealing with conflict which supports both them and their partners.
During the 30 sessions of the programme, participants can learn new ways of thinking and behaving.
This programme offers people who have been using one or more substances a route out of dependency with a strong focus on recovery. The holistic approach used in the programme centres on the needs of each individual participant and considers the variety of factors which has brought them to this point in their life.
There are 16 group work sessions and three one-to-one sessions. If specific needs are identified such as family breakdown or alcohol awareness, extra sessions may be given.
A programme designed for people who have committed a hate crime. It is delivered over 14 sessions of two and a half hours. It reduces the risk of further hate crimes by helping people to recognise individuals rather than “labels”, it helps them control emotions and looks back at where their discriminatory thinking originated helping them to challenge it.
Designed to help men develop skills to counter aggressive behaviour that results from poor emotional control. Tutors work with the feelings, attitudes and learned behaviour of participants, teaching skills which will help them develop a better understanding of other people’s experiences as well as their own.
It will challenge them to solve problems using thinking skills and to understand what triggers their anger. It will also help them to learn to bring down their own heightened emotions and so avoid uncontrolled outbursts of aggression. The programme comprises 22 sessions of group work, as well as four one-to-one meetings.
This 19 session programme is made up of four individual and 15 group sessions, and is designed to improve participants’ thinking skills. Tutors present new ways of thinking which will help those on the programme to identify the triggers to negative behaviour and to avoid situations which might cause relapses.
Thinking skills are applied to improving the quality of their lives, dealing with subjects like accommodation, employment and networks such as family, friends and supportive groups within the wider community. Clear thinking also helps to identify activities which are satisfying and fulfilling to the participants, and will prevent boredom from leading them away from positive change.
The course also helps participants to deal better with their own emotions and to look at situations from the point of view of other people as well as themselves. They are encouraged to focus on their own goals and values, and to use thinking skills to achieve these goals in a positive way.
The HELP programme works with young men in Liverpool and St Helens who have may have not been convicted of domestic abuse, but are seen as being at risk of doing so. It also works for young men who have been convicted for what may be seen as less serious domestic abuse offences and who previously may not have been given specialist intervention.
It began as a voluntary programme, with people being referred to the programme by social and health services, children and family services and housing associations. This remains the case but it works well with men who are at a crossroads where things could deteriorate – or, importantly, improve. It works with men who are in their late teens upwards and groups often have a mix of men, from those in their forties to their late teens/early twenties. The project doesn’t focus just on the detail of individual relationships but takes a broad and holistic view of young people’s behaviour