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CSNSW encouraging group therapy leaders to change lives in western NSW

Publications date: Thursday, 21 September 2017

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Corrective Services NSW is seeking teachers, counsellors, social workers and psychologists experienced in group therapy to help make a difference to people’s lives in western NSW.

CSNSW is providing financial assistance to encourage individuals to run short-term rehabilitation courses in regional NSW, and extend the reach of the successful EQUIPS programs to reduce reoffending.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said it was important offenders had access to rehabilitation courses, regardless of their location, to ensure the safety of the community.

“The EQUIPS program roll-out across the Sydney region has been successful and there are now many rehabilitation and enhanced-supervision courses being delivered to priority offenders,” Mr Elliott said.

“The new funding ensures these resources can reach offenders in all locations so they understand the factors that lead them to offend and acquire the skills to avoid re-offending.”

The expansion of the EQUIPS programs launched in February addresses offending behaviour related to addiction, aggression and domestic abuse and is part of CSNSW’s $237 million, four-year strategy to reduce reoffending.

The new funding has been made available for travel and accommodation purposes in western NSW, with a maximum of $1,920 granted per successful program facilitator.

CSNSW Statewide Programs Director Danielle Matsuo said the period after an inmate is released is critical in turning around their lives and evidence-based intervention, such as motivation techniques and cognitive-behaviour therapy tools, are proven to work.

“Program facilitators are vital to reduce the annual rate of adult reoffending and we want to ensure that location does not prohibit anyone’s ability for rehabilitation,” Ms Matsuo said.

Program facilitators will be paid for every 20 session program they deliver as well as preparation time. Successful applicants will also be paid to attend the necessary training in EQUIPS program delivery.

Programs are primarily delivered to offenders at Community Corrections offices.

Regions targeted with include Brewarrina, Bogan, Cobar, Carrathool, Murrumbidgee, Conargo, Wakool, Murray, Hay, Wentworth, Central Darling, Bourke and Broken Hill.

For more information visit correctiveservices.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/CorrectiveServices/programs/offender-services-and-programs/external-program-facilitators.aspx