Thinking Skills Programme (TSP)

Who is TSP for?
TSP targets male and female offenders who are medium risk of re-offending and above and are assessed as having the treatment needs the programme addresses (OGRS 3 50 +). TSP is suitable for offenders who have committed domestic, sexual or instrumental violence subject to appropriate consideration of group membership. TSP should not be seen as a substitute for any offence specific intervention.

What does the programme cover?
The main principles of the new Thinking Skills Programme are to reduce risk by engaging, motivating, coaching, responding to individual need and building continuity. Thinking Skills programme is a modular programme. There are 3 modules.

Self Control – In order to be effective in decision making and problem solving it is important to know when and how to stop, slow down and think things through. Self control also involves developing skills in managing emotions.
Problem Solving – The module introduces and develops skills for effectively resolving interpersonal problems. The module emphasises how these skills can also help to avoid problems, make the most of opportunities, increase choice and follow through on ideas.
Positive Relationships – In order to stick with pro social goals,ex-offenders need to overcome many obstacles. Other people can be an important source of support in overcoming these obstacles. They can also act as barriers to change. This module develops skills that help participants to access support and deal with unhelpful social influences.

Treatment Targets
Within the 3 modules the following areas of ‘thinking’ are targeted by the programme
• Stop and Think
• Emotional Awareness
• Problem Solving
• Perspective Taking
• Offence Free Relationships
• Goals and Values
• Seeing the Whole Picture

How many sessions?
TSP consists of 19 sessions ( 15 group and 4 individual sessions) plus Post Programme Review. This equates to approximately 40 hours face to face contact. Participants will complete approximately 6 hours of between session work.
Each module has 5 group work sessions (2 to 2.5 hours per session). At the end of each module there is a one to one session with the Programme Facilitator. The one to one sessions take approximately one hour.

Conditions of Success
Conditions of Success are unique to the Thinking Skills Programme. All participants have to agree to adhere to the conditions of success in order to attend the programme. It is the Offenders choice to sign up to the Conditions of Success. Without this agreement the Offender will not be accepted onto the programme and could be returned to court for resentencing. If the Conditions of Success are not upheld by the offender during the programme they will be removed from the programme and a Commitment plan will be drawn up to help the participant  rejoin the programme. The Conditions of Success are discussed during a motivational one to one session with the programme Facilitator prior to the participant starting the modular programme.
The Conditions of Success asks for the following things
• Active participation - making an honest effort to learn the skills. Attending the sessions on time and taking part in exercises and completing between session tasks.
• Open participation - being open to feedback, being willing to share information about personal life - this can include information on risk and offending and can be picked up in one to one sessions.
• Supportive participation - helping rather than getting in the way of the learning and contributions of other group members.
• Respectful participation - behaving respectfully towards other participants and Facilitators.