Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (JH&FMHN)
The Rhythm and Rhymes adolescent/adult program is a
therapeutic group which utilises rap music to promote positive
behaviour change, motivation to engage in treatment, prosocial
behaviour and to build empowerment and self-efficacy in the
young offender/adult offender population. The program is
culturally sensitive and diverse and is delivered weekly for 12
weeks. It connects current and relevant psychosocial themes
with the form of rap music and incorporates the diversity
of participants’ backgrounds, trauma and experiences of
marginalisation. Participants compose their own rap song
during the 12 week program.
This encourages self-reflection and self-expression and
allows the facilitator to address cognitive distortions held by
the participant using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and
Narrative Therapy perspective.