The KickStart programs work
Getting a handle on substance use and criminal activities is a massive challenge for community-based offenders. KickStart programs deliver the strategies to meet those challenges.
KickStart’s fundamental aim is to create meaningful behavioural change in community-based offenders. During the KickStart Pilot, participants reported significant improvements in their emotional regulation (as measured by the DERS); and reduced criminal thinking (as measured by the PICTS).
Other key indicators of behaviour change in KickStart participants are the frequency of urine test breaches and Correction Order breaches.
The individual effect
From program kickoff to completion, participants noticed marked improvements across physical and psychological health, social relationships and environment.
IMPROVED EMOTIONAL REGULATION*
*as measured by the DERS
REDUCED CURRENT CRIMINAL THINKING*
*as measured by the PICTS
MOTIVATION LEVELS INCREASED*
*as the program progressed
Reduced criminal thinking
The outside perspective
Community Corrections Officers reported that KickStart participants demonstrated a greater awareness and understanding of their feelings and how these related to their offending behaviour. It was also noted that participants were more open to discussing emotional regulation, mental health and goal setting.
The KickStart program overview
The foundations for change.
The program includes two flexible formats – a 42-hour or 24-hour group program and a 15-hour or 8-hour individual program.
42 hours (15 sessions) OR 24 hours (8 sessions)
Male offenders serving community Corrections Orders, combined custodial sentences or parole
15 hours OR 8 hours
Male offenders serving community Corrections Orders who are unsuitable for group programs