Research suggests that happy people (people with high levels of well-being) exhibit on average more adaptive behaviors, are more productive, and are more sociable. Furthermore, researchers argue that unsatisfied needs are both risk factors and mental health concerns. The Good Lives model (GLM) is an alternative approach to offender rehabilitation, which results in lower risk of recidivism. The GLM takes a more holistic and constructive approach to rehabilitation, through enabling offenders to live better lives (i.e. good lives) as opposed to simply teaching offenders to avoid re-offending and, consequently, incarceration. The foundation of the GLM lies in its emphasis on the achievement of a life characterized by emotional well-being, which is dependent on securing primary human goods: actions, states of affairs, characteristics, experiences, and states of mind that are intrinsically beneficial to human beings and are sought for their own sake, rather than as a means to a more fundamental end. Therefore, one of the major goals of GLM is helping offenders to build capabilities and strengths in order to reduce their risk of re-offending.
To learn more, view this video from the developer of the Good Lives Model, Tony Ward.
Evidence is growing that the Good Lives approach to treating and managing sex offenders and youth with illegal sexual behaviors is more effective than previous treatment models. That’s why Safer Society Press is committed to publishing resources for professionals from the leading experts on the Good Lives Model. You can learn more about these leading-edge publications: