The Reasoning and Rehabilitation programme was first developed at the Cognitive Centre of Canada, at the University of Ottawa in 1986. It is a cognitive-behavioural approach which aims to give criminals the values, attitudes, reasoning and social skills they need to behave well in the future. Previous studies have shown it to be effective in helping offenders but there has been no research into whether it can help offenders with a mental-health problem. Researchers from the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London studied the effectiveness of the programme in 35 male offenders with psychosis, 18 of whom received the programme while the remainder formed a control group. Those who completed the programme showed significantly improved problem-solving abilities and increased coping responses.
Clarke, Amory Y. ... [et al] - A quasi-experimental pilot study of the Reasoning and Rehabilitation programme with mentally disordered offenders Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology August 2010, 21(4), 490-500