The Drugs/Crime cycle: Insight from Research and Practice

The Drugs/Crime cycle:  Insight from Research and Practice

Title: The Drugs/Crime cycle: Insight from Research and Practice

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Date: 2013-07-26

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Location: Hobart, with videoconference links offered statewide.

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 This presentation aimed to:

  • increase understanding of best practice collaboration in working with offenders with substance misuse issues
  • increase understanding of justice programs and the role of community organisations
  • increase knowledge of the requirements of working with the justice systems
  • explore some of the boundaries of the worker / client relationship when working with offenders with substance misuse issues

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About the panel members:

Amanda Street has worked at the ATDC for the past 2½ years in the role of Sector Capacity Building Project Officer. She recently completed a Master of Criminology and Corrections and also has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania with majors in Criminology and Law. Amanda has a strong passion for working in the community sector and is passionate about social justice.

Click here for the handout from Amanda’s powerpoint presentation

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Andrew Verdouw’s current role at the Tasmania Prison Service is managing the day to day work of the intervention programs unit to deliver a range of criminogenic and preparatory programs to inmates.  Previously he managed the Salvation Army’s Bridge program for 5 years and the Mission Australia U-Turn program for 3 years.  Andrew has also worked in community sector programs across homelessness, drug & alcohol, needle syringe programs, and youth justice.

Click here for the handout from Andrew’s powerpoint presentation

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Norman Alexander is currently on secondment to the Department of Justice as Team Leader, Court Mandated Diversion, and has worked in the Corrections environment for a number of years. Working in remote areas of the Northern Territory, in the 11 years to 2009, provided extensive exposure to the issues of endemic substance abuse and the associated antisocial/criminal activity.

Click here for the handout from Norman’s powerpoint presentation

 

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