Desistance Theory and the Good Lives Model; Theory into Practice (1 Day Workshop)

Understanding desistance theory and research

  • ‘Individual’ theories of desistance (age, gender, attitudes, personal characteristics)
  • ‘Structural’ theories of desistance (social bonds, social controls)
  • Integrative theories of desistance (combined individual/structural theories)

Young peoples’ views of desistance: What do we know?

Understanding and supporting desistance through intervention: What works?

Risk-Need-Responsivity (Andrews & Bonta, 1996)

  • The Good Lives Model of offender rehabilitation (Ward & Maruna, 2004)
  • Intervention approaches to supporting change: examples of  ‘emerging practice’
  • Practitioner key skills to supporting change

Theory into practice

  • Reflections upon supporting desistance via YOT case management/cases
  • Considering the challenges to effectively supporting desistance in YOT