The Community Based Intervention Program (CBIP) provides group and individual counselling opportunities for Early Release Programs, Conditional Sentences and Probation. Eligibility for this Program is determined by an assessment completed by CBIP staff.
At present, this program primarily serves Provincial offenders.
General Program Description
The West Coast office of the John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc. initiated the development of the Community Based Intervention Program to mirror services already being offered by the Learning Resources Program in St. John’s. Services are offered to offenders in the Stephenville, Port aux Basques and Corner Brook regions.
The goal of this program is to reduce the risk of recidivism through rehabilitative efforts. Issues covered in programs include those which contribute to criminal behaviour.
Specifically, the following programs are offered:
- Anger Management Group
- Criminal Behaviour Awareness Group
- Impaired Driving Workshop
- Seeking Safety
- OASIS Program (Options and Alternatives Skills for Interpersonal Safety)
- Sex Offender Intervention Program
- Turning Points Program
The Community Based Intervention Program emphasizes group work but individual sessions may be provided based on a review of the circumstances at the time of referral.
- Program Facilitator
How to Access the CBIP
Those offenders currently serving provincial sentences may apply for an early release program through the Classification Officer. Offenders serving conditional sentences or probation orders may seek application through their Probation Officer. Any person who has been in conflict with the law may apply.
Benefits for Clients of the Community Based Intervention Program
- opportunity to address client specific and general issues which contribute to criminal behaviour while residing in the community.
- opportunity to learn about the impact of criminal behaviour on self and others.
- opportunity to learn new skills in problem solving and decision making.
- opportunity to develop relapse prevention plans for specific problems such as anger, substance abuse, male battering and sexual deviance.
- a chance to share common goals and problems with others in a positive setting.
- option to discuss personal problems privately with professional counsellors.
- option to be referred to other services as need arises.