The Respectful Futures resource was modelled on a program called Respectful Relationships developed by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, which has been used with great success in educating men who have been convicted on domestic abuse charges. The principles underlying that program are based on concepts shared by a variety of programs devoted to improving interpersonal relationships. The goal was to provide the tools to build and maintain healthy relationships. The goal of the Respectful Futures project was to translate the corrections program for adults to a preventative resource for youth and to provide youth with the tools needed to develop respectful relationships and to improve outcomes for them and their future relationships.
A literature scan was conducted, focus groups held with youth and Advisory Group members engaged in peer consults. Expert consultants were contracted to develop the materials and a Facilitation Guide for educators and facilitators who would be delivering the resource.
The materials include the Guide, a Mindful Handbook plus six modules. Topics include:
The materials were tested in three School Districts (Surrey, Delta and Chetwynd) and feedback was collated from facilitators and students. The resource materials were finalized in the fall of 2017 and are availalbe on line. We are committed to sharing these materials with all partners engaged in educating our children.
Carrie McCulley started with BC Corrections in 1990 as a probation officer in the lower mainland. As the Director of Programs and Interventions since 2008, Carrie is involved in a number of initiatives ranging from offender programs such as Respectful Relationships to the Integrated Transitional and Release Planning Program to Trauma Informed Practice. Carrie strongly believes it takes a village to raise a strong intervention and has witnessed countless occasions where this has occurred in the branch. She also considers it critical to take care of all members of that village and for this reason, welcomes the opportunity to integrate the principles of sound practice and partnerships.
Larry M. Fletcher is a Registered Psychologist with forty years of senior management experience working in both federal and provincial government programs from Ontario to B.C, and in subject areas as diverse as corrections, addictions, professional training, prevention programs, inter-government coordination and services to First Nations.
From 1989 to 2003 Mr. Fletcher was in full-time private practice where he provided service to many survivors of physical and sexual abuse. Since 2003, he has been Vice President, Clinical Services with Stroh Health Care and Program Director of the Relationship Violence Program.