The CHOICES programme is run both as a fixed and as a rolling programme to allow men to access the programme at three intervals.
The programme is a group work intervention giving men a chance to learn about the impact of their destructive behaviour on the family.
It also supports them to develop the necessary skills to live non abusively.
Individual sessions supplement the group work and occurs at the beginning, during and after the programme.
The diagram below shows the modules and possible entry points when run as a rolling programme.
Men will be brought on to the programme when a space becomes available in busier areas or when a group starts when it is run as a fixed group.
The programme covers six discrete modules.
Much of this work is based on cognitive behavioural therapy, focusing on motivation, responsibility, safety and acknowledgement. Men are also taught mindfulness techniques to increase self awareness and to develop capacities to observe and change their own reactions.
Whilst on the programme men will be offered the opportunity to;
- Learn about the effects and consequences of domestic violence on their partner and family.
- Participate in group sessions with other individuals who have behaved in a similar way.
- Talk openly about their behaviour and the people affected by it.
- Identify their beliefs and attitudes which underpin violence and abuse.
- Cope with their behaviour and vulnerable feelings in difficult situations.
- Learn how to react without being abusive and to communicate more respectfully.
- Learn about respectful and responsible parenting.
- Learn to understand and recognise the need to change their behaviour.