Positive Lifestyle Program
The Positive Lifestyle Program is an 8-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.
Phone numbers for Positive Lifestyle Program providers (in Vic, Tas, SA, WA and NT) are listed below.
If required, extra information can be obtained from
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 aspects of their lives: self-awareness, anger, depression, stress, loneliness, grief and loss, problem solving, assertiveness, self-esteem, and goal setting.
Goals, Referral and Duration
PLP helps people know, value, care for and improve themselves. The ‘golden rule’ of treating other people the way we wish to be treated ourselves is central to the modules. The positive response to life that is engendered consequently flows through relationships with other, in their networks, their communities and society as a whole.
Referral is often through magistrates, legal staff, court and prison chaplains and welfare practitioners. PLP takes approximately 8 weeks to complete. Referring parties are encouraged to make this clear to participants at an early stage.
Salvation Army officers can also be approached for guidance about PLP; please use the local contact details on this brochure for further information.
Depression & Loneliness
Centres where this program is offered:
For assistance in New Zealand please contact your local corps via this page
General Contact / Feedback (Vic, TAS, SA, WA, NT)
General Contact/Feedback (NSW, QLD and ACT)