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2. Explain to the group that all decisions that we make have costs and benefits and it can often be very helpful to look at these in detail in order to weigh things up before making a final decision.3. In the last activity the group came up with a range of alternative options for the person in the scenario you chose to use. Ask the group which options they would cross out straight away. Probe discussion as towhy they would dismiss the options. With the remaining options ask the group to pick out two of 112
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these options and explain that we will now explore the costs and benefits of these options.4. Explain to the group that at this point at least two options have to be explored in more detail so that wecan compare them (for the exercise use two but highlight to the group they can compare more when they are problem solving for themselves).5. Using the ‘weighing up the option’ flipchart ask the group to discuss the short term benefits of one option and record these on the flipchart under the relevant heading.6. Now ask the group to think about what the long term benefits are of option 1. Record responses on the flipchart.7. Now ask the group to consider what the short term costs may be if they decided to follow option 1. 113
Repeat this process with the Long term consequences probing and prompting discussion.8. Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 for option 2 on another flipchart.9. Once this has been completed discuss what has beenrecorded on the flipcharts making comparisons between the two. Explore how this can be used as a clear method of weighing up the costs and benefits helping to inform a decision.10.Askthe group to tell you what could be the long term goals of the person in the scenario. Flip chart responses.11.Ask. With these in mind which of the options explored best meets their future hopes/long-term goals? Elicit why they think that.12.Ask Why is it important to consider these whenmaking a decision? Elicit that some decisions (anti-social ones) can move us further away from our long term goals, whilst others can provide stepping stones to a positive future.13.Recap that when making a decision it is alwaysimportant to keep our goals in mind and to choose the option which will move us closer to our goals. Learning Points:Having the ability to explore long and short term costs and benefits of different options enables a person to make an informed decision.When making a decision it is always important to keep our goals in mind and consider our consequences.Some decisions (anti-social ones) can move us further away from our long term goals. Whilst other can provide stepping stone to a positive future114
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Exercise 3.3: Getting it right – Planning.Time: 15 Minutes.Tutor notes:What’s it all about? Before acting on our decisions it is always paramount to plan out how we can best implementour solution.Planning ensures that we stop and think andcan help us achieve more positive results. Often young offenders act impulsively and fail to plan effectively making this activity an important part of the programme.
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