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NCJ Number: 158770 Find in a Library
Title: Groupwork in the Luton Probation and Bail Hostel (From Groupwork With Offenders, P 80-92, 1993, Allan Brown and Brian Caddick, eds. - See NCJ-158762)
Author(s): C Mulvie
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Whiting and Birch
Forest Hill, London SE23 3HL, England
Sale Source: Whiting and Birch
P.O. Box 872
70 Dartmouth Road
Forest Hill, London SE23 3HL,
United Kingdom
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Since its inception in 1979 the Luton Probation and Bail Hostel in England has used group work, which now rests on a set of principles known as empowerment, getting in touch with feelings, and reality-based work.
Abstract: The dynamic approach the staff uses may be described as evolutionary, because the hostel population of 21 residents is constantly changing and staff input is subject to the vicissitudes of a shift system and a host of other unpredictable factors. At the same time, the twice-weekly groups form a point of consistency for residents. Their people-centered value basis represents security for those who wish to take part. The group work aims to help individual acknowledge their feelings, become empowered to deal with their lives, examine their offending behavior where appropriate, provide a check for reality through peer group feedback, and impart a feeling of self-respect. Constant planning frustrations and other factors result in a very loose form of programming. Others considering such programs should be aware of the significance of the common purpose, the costs in preparation and planning, and other important issues.
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Criminology; England; Foreign probation or parole services; Guided group interaction; Probation casework; Treatment techniques
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