ORP -- A Community Agency Approach to Comprehensive Intervention

Leena Augimeri, Earlscourt Child and Family Centre

The Under 12 Outreach Program (ORP) is a comprehensive voluntary program in the community for children under age 12 who have committed delinquent acts. ORP was established in 1985 by the Earlscourt Child and Family Centre in Toronto, Canada in partnership with the Toronto Police Service. It is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. The ORP uses a social learning and behavior systems treatment intervention approach to reduce the likelihood of future offending and promote healthy development. A core element of the program is a behavioral self-control strategy called "SNAP" (Stop Now and Plan). This 12-week group course is supplemented by a parallel 12-week parenting course, individual counseling for parents, mentoring of the children, tutoring, and after school activities. Although typically short-term, the length of the program can be extended for up to several years, depending on a child's treatment needs. A gender-specific adaptation of the model has recently been implemented for girls. The various components of the program will be reviewed in this presentation, along with evidence of both short-term and long-term improvements in behavior.

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Updated 05/20/2006