Dubbo meeting part of bid to reduce 'adult reoffending' in Western NSW

INFORMATION SESSION: Dubbo MP Troy Grant has announced an information session in Dubbo on Wednesday as part of the expansion of  EQUIPS programs into Western NSW to reduce "adult reoffending". Photo: File
INFORMATION SESSION: Dubbo MP Troy Grant has announced an information session in Dubbo on Wednesday as part of the expansion of EQUIPS programs into Western NSW to reduce "adult reoffending". Photo: File

An information session has been scheduled for Dubbo in a bid to build a workforce able to tackle the rehabilitation of adults exhibiting “offending behaviour related to addiction, aggression and domestic abuse”.

Teachers, counsellors, social workers and psychologists experienced in group therapy are needed to run short-term rehabilitation courses aimed at reducing “adult reoffending” in Western NSW.

The state government and Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) are inviting potential group therapy facilitators to attend an information session at Dubbo RSL Memorial Club on Wednesday from 10am to noon.

State Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the courses would extend the reach of CSNSW’s successful EQUIPS (Explore, Question, Understand, Investigate, Practice, Succeed) programs. 

“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,” he 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.”

NSW Minister for Corrections David Elliott said the expansion of EQUIPS programs addressed “offending behaviour related to addiction, aggression and domestic abuse”. EQUIPS was launched in February and part of CSNSW’s $237 million and four-year strategy to reduce reoffending, he said.

CSNSW director of statewide programs Danielle Matsuo wants interested parties to attend the information session and “learn more about the opportunity”. “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,” she said.

The EQUIPS programs are primarily run at Community Corrections offices.

CSNSW will provide up to $1920 to a program facilitiator for travel and accommodation expenses. A facilitator will be paid for “every 20-session program they deliver as well as preparation time” and when attending necessary training.

People wishing to attend the information session should send an email to Jordan.Harcourt-Hughes@justice.nsw.gov.au.