Evaluation of Geese Theatre’s Reconnect Program: Addressing resettlement issues in prison

Leigh Harkins, Cecilia Pritchard, Donna Haskayne, Andy Watson, Anthony Beech

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In this study we examined the impact of Geese Theatre’s Reconnect programme on the men who attended it. This programme used theatre performance, experi
ential exercises, skills practice role-plays and metaphors such as the masks to invite the group to consider and explore issues connected with their release and re-connecting with a life outside prison. Pre and post-programme psychometric tests, behaviour ratings, and interviews were completed to assess the effectiveness of the programme. Significant changes were observed from pre-treatment to post-treatment in terms of self-efficacy, motivation to change, and improved confidence in of skills (i.e., social/ friendship, occupational, family/intimacy, dealing with authority, alternatives to aggression or offending, and self-management/ self-control skills). Improved behaviour and engagement
within the programme was observed over the 3 days of the programme. Interviews also revealed the positive impact the programme had on the participants. This provides evidence supporting the short-term effectiveness of the Reconnect programme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546-566
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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