Potential group therapy leaders invited to learn more in Central Sydney

Publication date: Tuesday 24 October 2017

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) is inviting potential group therapy facilitators to an information session, to learn more about exciting job opportunities in western NSW.

CSNSW is providing financial assistance to encourage teachers, counsellors, social workers and psychologists experienced in group therapy to run short-term rehabilitation courses in regional NSW.

The courses will extend the reach of the successful EQUIPS programs to reduce reoffending.

CSNSW Director of Statewide Programs Danielle Matsuo is inviting interested parties to the Henry Deane Building in Sydney on Tuesday 31 October between 10am and midday, to learn more about the opportunity.

"Completing programs in the community is necessary for offenders to meet the treatment dosage required to reduce their risk of reoffending, to generalise their new skills in the community and more broadly, keep the public safe," Ms Matsuo said.

"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.

"We're encouraging experienced group therapy leaders to come along and learn more, so that offenders in all locations can gain the opportunity, skills and understanding needed to avoid reoffending."

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.

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.

For more information go to External Program Facilitators on the Corrective Services website. 

Sydney EQUIPS information session
Tuesday 31 October, 2017
Level One, Henry Deane Building
20 Lee Street, Chippendale (next to Central Station)

RSVP essential: Annette Wood

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