Moving On is an intervention program designed specifically for women who are involved with the criminal justice system. This program is based on relational theory and integrates strength-based and cognitive behavioral strategies to assist women to mobilize and develop personal and social resources that have been found to mediate the impact of risk for future criminal behavior.
The core program contains 6 modules. Two of the modules are delivered on an individual basis to promote continuity of care at the beginning of the program and to help women transition as they complete the program. There are also 4 group modules that focus on the following topics: communication and listening skills, building healthy relationships, understanding and expressing emotions, making connections and staying healthy.
A supplementary program, Living Safely and Without Violence was designed specifically for women who have been charged with violent crimes and/or report a history of aggressive behavior (self-harm and violence toward others). This program is delivered after women have successfully completed module 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Moving On program.
Program Goals and Objectives
In this program the emphasis is placed on looking more closely at how and why individuals use violence and how they can live safely – without violence. It is our belief that women must be held accountable for their behavior and how they choose to behave in interactions with others. Our goal is to provide them with the tools and strategies that provide alternative options to self-harm and aggressive behavior.
We believe that a reliance on violence and aggression is learned and maintained through modeling and the development of maladaptive coping strategies. To learn safe, non-violent strategies Living Safely and Without Violence focuses on building resilience through the development of the following core competencies:
- Emotional regulation practices – women learn to manage their emotions, to tolerate and handle stress using non-violent and effective coping strategies.
- Relationship skills – women are provided with information and develop the skills necessary to engage in healthy relationships. They learn to resolve interpersonal conflict, to reach out to others and to find comfort and support from other people.
- Self-awareness – women learn to assess their feelings, interests, values and strengths. They also learn to set goals, make safe choices and to build self-confidence.
- Social awareness – women begin to reflect on the experiences of others and to build empathy and compassion for others.
Program Philosophy and Research Base
The Living Safely and Without Violence program was developed for justice involved women and the available research in the field.
An integrated approach was adopted for this curriculum and the sessions were designed to incorporate advances in cognitive intervention with the emerging research in the fields of neuroscience; mindfulness training, social and emotional learning, and positive psychology.
Session 1: Creating Safety
Session 2: Laying the Foundation to Live Safely
Session 3: The “What and How” Skills of Mindfulness Practice
Session 4: Reflect: Enhancing Emotional Awareness
Session 5: Reflect: Knowing My High-Risk Situations
Session 6: Regulate: Taking Emotional Control
Session 7: Regulate: Taking Emotional Control
Session 8: Reappraise: Reviewing my Expectations for Self and Others
Session 9: Resolve: Generating Options
Session 10: Reach Out: Setting Boundaries
Session 11: Reach Out: Dealing with Conflict
Session 12: Reach Out: Making it Safer for Everyone
Session 13: Reach Out: Exploring Relationship Patterns
Session 14: Reach Out: Changing Relationship Patterns
Session 15: Review: Celebrating our Achievements
If you would like further information on our Living Safely and Without Violence program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.