The Good Lives Model and therapeutic environments in forensic settings

 

 

Clare-Ann Fortune, Tony Ward, Devon L.L. Polaschek

Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities

2014

 

 

http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/TC-02-2014-0006

 

Purpose

There is increasing interest in applying strength-based approaches to offender rehabilitation. The purpose of this paper is to use the Good Lives Model (GLM) as an example to illustrate the fit that exists between strength-based approaches to offender rehabilitation and therapeutic communities.

 

Design/methodology/approach

The authors briefly describe the GLM before discussing the key themes that link the two perspectives; the authors argue they naturally fit together in a number of areas.

 

Findings

Both perspectives emphasise the importance of creating a safe and trusting therapeutic environment in which capacities (e.g. skills) can be developed that assist individuals to go on to live lives which are personally meaningful, and in which all their needs are met, enabling them to live offence free. Both also place importance on the role of personal responsibility.

 

Originality/value

The authors conclude the GLM could usefully contribute to improving outcomes for those transitioning into the community after leaving a Therapeutic Community, through developing clear life goals that are personally meaningful, and identifying practical steps for achieving these goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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