Integrated Correctional Program Model

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) offers correctional programs that address multiple risk factors. These factors contribute to an offender’s criminal activity. They are identified and addressed during his sentence using the Integrated Correctional Program Model. There are three program streams in the model. They include:

These programs are offered at moderate and high intensity levels.

The Integrated Correctional Program Model is based on CSC’s most effective offender programs. These programs have been proven to significantly reduce reoffending. The program model targets the multiple risk factors that most offenders have in an efficient and comprehensive way. Offenders learn to understand the risk factors that are linked to their criminal behaviour. They learn to use the skills they gain from the program in challenging or stressful situations.

The model has four components that complement the main program.

  1. The introductory phase consists of 10 to 11 group sessions. Each is 2 to 2.5 hours long. The goal is to provide general direction to offenders and to focus on areas where they have trouble. Such areas could include their risks, lifestyles and relationships, or their ability to manage emotions and thoughts.
  2. The goal of the motivational component is to encourage offenders who are not motivated to participate or stay in correctional programs. It also aims to help those who are having trouble understanding program concepts.
  3. The community program consists of 20 to 25 group sessions. These are each 2 to 2.5 hours long. It is offered to offenders who have not fully completed all their required correctional programs while incarcerated. They learn to understand their personal risk factors. They develop basic skills to help reduce risky or harmful behaviours before they participate in the maintenance component.
  4. The maintenance component consists of cycles of 12 group sessions. The sessions are offered in the institution and community. They are each 2 hours long. The goal is to teach offenders how to apply the skills they learned in the main program to real-life situations. This helps to reduce their risk of reoffending.

High Intensity Multi-Target Program

The high intensity Multi-Target Program targets men who have been assessed as having a high risk to reoffend. The program consists of 97 group and individual sessions. These are each 2 to 2.5 hours long.

The program is designed to teach offenders skills that help reduce their risky and harmful behaviours. It helps them change their attitudes and beliefs. They learn to set goals and solve problems. It also teaches them how to manage themselves. They develop interpersonal, communication and coping skills.

Moderate Intensity Multi-Target Program

The moderate intensity Multi-Target Program targets men who have been assessed as having a moderate risk to reoffend. Typically, the program consists of 50 group and individual sessions. Each session is 2 to 2.5 hours long.

The program is designed to teach offenders skills that help reduce their risky and harmful behaviours. It helps them change their attitudes and beliefs. They learn to set goals and solve problems. It also teaches them how to manage themselves. They develop interpersonal, communication and coping skills.

Adapted Moderate Intensity Multi-Target Program

The adapted moderate intensity Multi-Target Program is for men who have been assessed as having a moderate risk of reoffending. These men also have unique needs. They may have mental health issues, learning disabilities and/or other issues that affect their ability to take part in correctional programming. The adapted program consists of 66 group and individual sessions. Each session is 1.5 to 2 hours long.

This program teaches offenders skills that help reduce their risky and harmful behaviours. It is an adaptation of the moderate intensity Multi-Target Program. Complex components are broken down, and exercises and handouts are adapted. It is delivered at a slower pace. There is more repetition and there are more chances to practice skills. It is also delivered to a smaller group (6 participants). This means that the program facilitator can offer more individual support.

Aboriginal Integrated Correctional Program Model: Multi-Target Programs

This program stream was developed with help from Elders and Aboriginal stakeholder groups. It addresses the unique needs and risks of Aboriginal offenders. It explores the impacts of foster care, residential schools, displacement, cultural disruption, adoption, gangs and urbanization. Offenders learn how their thoughts and actions lead to crime. They also learn skills that can help reduce their risky behaviours.

This program stream includes:

  • a primer program
  • a moderate intensity multi-target program
  • a high intensity multi-target program

It also includes maintenance programs in institutions and in the community. It can be tailored to all Aboriginal populations.

High Intensity Aboriginal Multi-Target Program

The high intensity Aboriginal Multi-Target Program targets Aboriginal men who have been assessed as having a high risk of reoffending. The program involves Aboriginal Elders and includes culturally-relevant teachings and ceremonies. It consists of 112 group and individual sessions. Each session is 2 to 2.5 hours long.

This program teaches Aboriginal offenders skills and strategies that help reduce their risky and harmful behaviours. It helps them change their attitudes and beliefs. They learn to set goals and solve problems. They also learn to manage themselves and develop interpersonal, communication and coping skills.

Moderate Intensity Aboriginal Multi-Target Program

The moderate intensity Aboriginal Multi-Target Program targets Aboriginal men who have been assessed as having a moderate risk of reoffending. The program involves Aboriginal Elders and includes culturally-relevant teachings and ceremonies. It consists of 62 group and individual sessions. Each session is 2 to 2.5 hours long.

This program teaches Aboriginal offenders skills and strategies that help reduce their risky and harmful behaviours. It helps them change their attitudes and beliefs. They learn to set goals and solve problems. They also learn to manage themselves and develop interpersonal, communication and coping skills.

High Intensity Sex Offender Program

The high intensity Sex Offender Program model targets men who have been assessed as having a high risk of reoffending sexually. The program consists of 104 group and individual sessions. Each session is 2 to 2.5 hours long.

The program is designed to teach offenders the skills required to reduce risky and harmful behaviours. It helps them change their attitudes and beliefs. They learn to set goals and solve problems. They also learn to manage themselves and develop interpersonal, communication and coping skills.

(This program is part of the Integrated Correctional Program Model and is different than the high intensity National Sex Offender Program.

Moderate Intensity Sex Offender Program

The moderate intensity Sex Offender Program targets men who have been assessed as having a moderate risk of reoffending sexually. The program consists of 54 group and individual sessions. Each session is 2 to 2.5 hours long.

The program is designed to teach offenders the skills required to reduce risky and harmful behaviours. It helps them change their attitudes and beliefs. They learn to set goals and solve problems. They also learn to manage themselves and develop interpersonal, communication and coping skills.

(This program is part of the Integrated Correctional Program Model and is different than the moderate intensity National Sex Offender Program.

Adapted Moderate Intensity Sex Offender Program

The adapted moderate intensity Adapted Sexual Offender Program targets men who have been assessed as having a moderate risk of reoffending sexually. These men also have unique needs. They may have mental health issues, learning disabilities and/or other issues that affect their ability to take part in correctional programming. The adapted program consists of 75 group and individual sessions. Each session is 1.5 to 2 hours long.

This program teaches offenders skills that help reduce their risky and harmful behaviours. It is an adaptation of the moderate intensity Sexual Offender Program. Complex components are broken down, and exercises and handouts are adapted. It is delivered at a slower pace. There is more repetition and there are more chances to practice skills. It is also delivered to a smaller group (6 participants). This means that the program facilitator can offer more individual support.

This program stream was developed with help from Elders and Aboriginal groups. It addresses the unique needs and risks of Aboriginal offenders. It explores the impacts of foster care, residential schools, displacement, cultural disruption, adoption, gangs and urbanization. Offenders learn how their thoughts and actions lead to crime. They also learn skills that can help reduce their risky behaviours.

This program stream includes:

  • a primer program
  • a moderate-intensity multi-target program
  • a high-intensity multi-target program

It also includes maintenance programs in institutions and in the community. It can be tailored to all Aboriginal populations.