The Pro Social Ireland Programme is a road safety initiative which was set up in 2012 in Donegal at the request of Judge Paul Kelly, Inspector Michael Harrison and Tim Coughlan from the probation services.
We at Pro Social Ireland were tasked with designing and developing a cognitive behavioural programme that would seek to improve both the awareness and the driving behaviour of those drivers referred to our service.
Participants for our programme are initially identified through the justice and legal system, with referrals coming directly from judges, the probation service as well as from various solicitors. We also take referrals from parents and concerned others, and we also accept self-referrals.
The Programme is delivered by a team of hugely experienced and highly trained professionals, all of whom have counselling and facilitation qualifications. The orientation for the Programme is client centred, with various disciplines and interventions used. Motivational Interviewing (MI) has proven to be a very successful approach for us and it continues to be the framework that underpins our work.
The Programme has received National recognition and to date has won a number of major awards for its contribution to road safety here in Ireland.