Seeking experienced group therapists for reoffending reduction programs in western NSW

Financial assistance available for suitable professionals

Publication date: Friday, 22 September 2017

Are you a teacher? A counsellor? A psychologist?

Are you experienced in group therapy?

Would you like to make a difference in people's lives in western New South Wales?

Corrective Services 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.

CSNSW, part of the Department of Justice, is expanding the range of reoffending reduction programs available in western NSW and is seeking experienced facilitators to run short-term rehabilitation programs for recently released offenders.

As part of the NSW Government's $237 million, four-year Strategy to Reduce Reoffending, program facilitators will be paid for every 20-session program they deliver, as well as for preparation time and training in program delivery.

Financial assistance of up to $1,920 for travel and accommodation costs is also available to suitably qualified teachers, counsellors and psychologists who are able to deliver programs in the target expansion regions. These areas include the Murray region, the Murray Darling Basin, the Central West, the Central Tablelands, the Riverina, Wentworth and Broken Hill.

Danielle Matsuo, Director, Statewide Programs with CSNSW, said that program facilitators are vital to reduce the annual rate of adult reoffending by five per cent by 2019, which is one of the NSW Government's State Priorities.

Ms Matsuo said it's important for offenders to be able to access rehabilitation programs, regardless of where they live.

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

"The period after a prisoner 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," Ms Matsuo said.

The rehabilitation and enhanced-supervision courses to be expanded to western NSW are part of the EQUIPS* suite of programs that address offending behaviour related to addiction, aggression and domestic abuse with offenders who are at risk of reoffending.

The EQUIPS program roll-out across the Sydney region that was launched in February has been successful, and expanding EQUIPS to western NSW will increase service delivery to offenders in regional areas.

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* EQUIPS stands for "Explore, question, understand, investigate, practice and succeed."


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