Programmes Team

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The Programmes Team is responsible for developing, conducting and evaluating the psycho-social groups as well as organizing the literacy and empowerment programmes of the Department.  These programmes are geared to facilitate behavior change that will enable reduction in recidivism levels. Probation Officers serve as facilitators however, the programmes team liaises with partner agencies which will provide resource persons as needed for presentations during group programmes.

The Programmes Team aims to assist clients with identifying early career development opportunities. Hence, many access programmes in the community will be identified and clients will be advised, referred and assisted with basic entry requirement needs where possible.

The following are responsibilities of the Programmes Team:

  1. Giving oversight to the assessment of clients for various programmes and groups such as:
    • Men’s Non-Violence
    • Anger Management
    • Interpersonal Relationships
    • ROAD (Responsible, Orderly, Attentive Driving)
    • Stress Management
    • Making a Difference
    • Education and literacy
    • Mentoring
    • Arts and Culture
    • Preparation for the Workplace

  3. Conducting Research and Preparation for Group Programmes:
    • Accessing and developing group programme manuals, and/or selecting curriculum.
    • Reviewing group policies, standards and session guidelines.
    • Conducting evaluation to review programme delivery and sustain quality standards
    • Conducting or organizing individual sessions as viewed necessary to give support to clients unable to adjust to group setting.
    • Planning and teaching adult literacy groups
    • Identifying resource material, personnel for adult literacy and other support for rehabilitation services.
    • Identifying internet based training and educational opportunities
    • Liaising with external agencies to access support programmes, career and empowerment opportunities thereby offering clients a supportive professional network between DCR and partners.
    • Setting a schedule/timetable of programmes that include day and evening sessions.
    • Developing new programmes/groups to meet clients’ need for intervention.
    • Engaging with other internal special areas such as Mental Health, Drug Rehabilitation Court, Community Payback and Victim Services to offer group support.

  5. Providing or sharing in Group Facilitation and Evaluation:
    • Facilitation/co-facilitation of group intervention programmes
    • Ensuring Planning, Debriefing and Evaluation of programmes and groups.
    • Monitoring and Evaluating participants
    • Providing information for the preparation of progress and evaluation reports for Courts, prison and DCR purposes.
    • Maintaining all DCR records in accordance with departmental guidelines.
    • Maintaining up to date APS notes for participating clients
    • Sustaining open communication/feedback with supervising Probation Officers and external agencies including Prison’s sentencing planning team.
    • Providing monthly departmental statistics
    • Visiting with and sustaining relationship with participating clients and agencies.

  7. Facilitating Training and Organizational Development:
    • Participation in DCR’s Public Awareness and Education presentations and projects.
    • Identifying appropriate training to enhance staff competencies in group programmes and other training needs.
    • Serving as staff support team to identify and enhance opportunities for community rehabilitation to offenders on release from custody through the Community Payback Programme, thereby working closely with the Through/Aftercare and Court Teams in monitoring such clients.
    • Supporting institutional groups for both males and females.
    • Enabling the development of standards and policies in the department.

Last Updated: 2013-04-04

Last Updated 2013-04-04