The Positive Lifestyle Program is a 10-module course used by hundreds of Salvation Army chaplains, counsellors and PLP facilitators throughout Australia. Originating in Canada, it was introduced to Australia by The Salvation Army in the 1990s to be used in courts and prisons. The material was revised by an educational psychologist for The Salvation Army in 2000 (funded by the Victorian Law Enforcement Fund), further revised in 2007, and is now used in a wide variety of fields and settings. Hundreds of men and women owe their freedom to the PLP process.
The PLP methodology takes participants through a self-awareness-raising process, focusing on personal difficulties they may be unable to identify or address. PLP looks to address discontentment, fear, anger and fatigue, which are some of the anti-social and personally harmful consequences people experience when relationships and communication processes break down irreparably.
PLP, in a non-invasive, non-judgmental way, encourages participants to consider the following 10 aspects of their lives: self-awareness, anger, depression, stress, loneliness, grief and loss, problem solving, assertiveness, self-esteem, and goal setting.