Community support systems and the Peace Education Program for parolees and community corrections
This session will examine “Connection” as a pathway to healing. The three speakers have all observed the positive outcomes through connection: to community, culture and to innate personal strengths.
As an Anaiwan Elder, community leader and Aboriginal Liaison Officer with the Armidale Shire Council, Dugan has dealt with youth alienation in a personal and pragmatic way. Duggan has mentored young people in country N.S.W. over many years, recognising that personal connection to community and at least one ‘significant other’ in a young person’s life can be a pathway to healing.
In facilitating the Peace Education Program since 2014 in correctional and mental health facilities in Adelaide, Dr Andrew Ramsay has observed that awareness and reflection upon innate inner strengths have inspired Indigenous participants to seek connection to Culture. The supports to heal become a person’s own inner strengths rather than the default of destructive substances. Dr Andrew Ramsay has observed increased motivation and engagement.
Craig Thorogood has worked with parolees, community corrections and youth in juvenile justice in the Northern Territory for many years. Craig has facilitated the Peace Education Program through Drug and Alcohol Services Australia’s Commit to Change Program and in the Alice Springs Juvenile Justice Centre. Craig’s work supports life choices and changes through personal respect and self-esteem.
Since 2013, the Peace Education Programme has been offered in Drug and Alcohol Units, mental health rehabilitation facilities, Correctional Centres and community groups in Australia and New Zealand. The programme has been facilitated world-wide since 2009, has been translated in to 35 languages and facilitated in 74 countries.