STEPS® is built around the core concepts of The Pacific Institute's® knowledge base. It is delivered in a group setting with a qualified facilitator who helps participants to co-create their learning through interactive discussions, personal reflection time, the use of short video bursts and activities utilising a wide variety of learning styles.

How does it work?

The programme has been implemented with success in a variety of settings and has been particularly effective in:

  • helping long-term unemployed people develop the motivation and self-belief to complete other training and find jobs.
  • equipping parents with better parenting skills.
  • enabling those being made redundant to develop a new future for themselves.
  • reducing reoffending and aiding reintegration with employment as part of offender learning initiatives.
  • helping employees gain the confidence to deal with change, improve their working relationships with colleagues and take more accountability for the impact of their own behaviour on the working culture of the organisation.
  • improving relationships between teachers and parents and fostering increased parental involvement in school life.
  • strengthening grassroots change initiatives in community regeneration projects along with a renewed sense of possibility and community; enhancing participation in and ownership of local initiatives.

The STEPS® concepts provide a common language for articulating a vision of a better future and offers a proven approach to making the vision a reality.

What can you expect

After participating in the programme, individuals have greater expectations of success and higher self-efficacy.

TPI clients see: higher levels of motivation • increased self belief • improved ability to set goals • raised levels of personal accountability • insight into how their mind works.

 Evaluation data completed by participants indicates a 93% recommendation response to the programme. 

STEPS® can be delivered very flexibly according to the needs of the group or organisation.

Programme Accreditation

STEPS® is a recognised learning route for the Level 2 Award in Developing Effective Thinking Skills (QCF) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is credited and levelled by SCQF at level 5 in Scotland, through the awarding body NCFE.

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For more detailed information, contact The Pacific Institute.®

Moving On Inverclyde

Assisting a community drug rehabilitation charity that supports individuals moving away from addiction lifestyles


The Wise Group

Transforming staff and leadership within a social enterprise in Scotland

“The STEPS® concept has now spread to other components of Montana’s corrections system. The project continues to show positive outcomes, not only for inmates but has had a positive impact on many staff as well. I can say with confidence, that instituting STEPS® has been very good for the Montana Department of Corrections.”

Mike Ferriter, Director, Montana Department of CorrectionsMontana Department of Corrections

“We believe that everyone has the power within themselves to make changes and to reflect on their previous experiences in their lives and what has taken them to those points. As a staff team we got some real benefits from attending STEPS® and we felt it would be a really useful tool for our client group.”

David Miller, Operational Director, Moving on Inverclyde

"I feel that the values of The Pacific Institute® and those of the GDA fit very well and that is about treating people with dignity and respect and about tapping into people’s potential whilst supporting them to realise they can be anything they want to be.”

Tressa Burke, Director, Glasgow Disability Alliance

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