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NCJ Number: 158772 Find in a Library
Title: Evolution and Accountability: Ten Years of Groups in a Day Centre for Offenders (From Groupwork With Offenders, P 110-117, 1993, Allan Brown and Brian Caddick, eds. - See NCJ-158762)
Author(s): J Earnshaw
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 8
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: The Alternative Probation Project Day Center in England has used a modified therapeutic community model since its inception and offers a combination of group and individual work.
Abstract: The program also emphasizes and teaches constructive leisure pursuits, fosters teamwork and cooperation within the group, and undertakes service work within the local community. The center focuses on providing resocialization to people whose group participation is a result of pressures from the court and society. It now has a consciousness of working within the probation service and adhering to agency standards. The group counseling encourages the thinking and reasoning adult, spending time examining in detail the thinking processes through which offenses are devised and justified and in exposing the errors and gaps in this thinking. The activities program requires adult, cooperative behavior and teamwork. The offender group also works twice a week with people with moderate and severe learning difficulties, teaching them physical skills. Although it is unclear how much the center changes offenders' lives, the current program appears to have more quanitifiable success than the previous one.
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Criminology; England; Foreign probation or parole services; Guided group interaction; Probation casework; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
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