The Ross Programme (R&R2)

Target:     Low/Moderate risk
Age:         13-16 years
Gender:     Male
Setting:     Group

This is a very focused twelve-session programme, based on the latest research and designed to lead to further assessment. It is an example of the new generation of interventions currently being introduced by the Cognitive Centre. In 2002 the Centre, in response to requests from Managers and Practitioners operating in Youth and Juvenile Justice settings, commissioned Professor Robert Ross to develop a short intervention programme aimed specifically at the 13-16 years age group who are assessed at low or moderate risk of reoffending or likely to exhibit anti-social behaviour.

The programme comprises twelve 90-minute sessions and its development was based on relevant research in the field over the past 35 years and particularly on a number of significant developments in research on prosocial competence.
The targets of the programme relate to:

•    Skilled thinking
•    Managing thoughts and emotions
•    Problem identification and thinking of solutions
•    Detecting thinking errors
•    Consequential thinking
•    Values enhancement
•    Managing conflict
•    The underpinning skills relate to
•    Motivational interviewing (Prochaska & Norcross 1999)
•    Pro-social modelling (Trotter 2000)
•    Relapse Prevention (Marshall 1998)
•    Making Good (Maruna 2001)
•    Thinking skills (de Bono 2000)

The Programme has been designed “as an introductory programme for adolescents who lack essential pro-social skills and values and are engaging in various disruptive and anti-social behaviours at home, in school or in the community. It provides a core curriculum, cognitive and emotional skills and values”. (Ross R. R.) This programme is being used in a range of settings, in community educational and residential settings including mainstream schools for use with disruptive pupils.