Significant Contribution to the Therapeutic Community Movement in Australasia: Program, Service or Intervention

In 2015, the judging panel agreed to award two nominees in this category:

  • The WHOS New Beginnings Program has a demonstrated history of utilising and building best practice for women specific AOD work, using group work, supportive counselling, women’s health support and education, stress management skills development and referral.

Relationship issues, parenting, self-esteem building, social and communication skills, assertiveness skills training and boundary setting are all important areas for this TC service, which can accommodate up to 24 women at any given time.

  • The Alcohol and Drug Treatment Courtproject is an innovative and collaborative therapeutic jurisprudence pilot project, which has been established between the New Zealand Ministry of Health and Ministry of Justice. The treatment component is accomplished through a strong network between three providers: Odyssey Auckland as Lead Provider, Higher Ground and the Salvation Army. The network has a strong working relationship with the court.

From a treatment perspective, the network between the providers comprises dedicated case management and peer support, and a wrap-around model of support which ensures continuity of care in an individualized format.

Significant Contribution to the Therapeutic Community Movement in Australasia by an Individual

In 2015, the Awards Committee made two awards in this category:

  • Rawiri Pene is a fantastic ambassador for the therapeutic community treatment movement and his work has been significant in propelling Higher Ground (Auckland, New Zealand) forward in working towards a fully bi-cultural program. In addition to his work at Higher Ground, Rawiri also provides the Pou Oranga role for the Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Court Network. In this role, he plays a significant part in the reduction of Maori being missed by the system and ending up in prison. He works tirelessly with many organisations to help Maori and others gain access to appropriate treatment.
  • Lance Jefferys works with the Department of Corrections, Hawkes Bay Regional Prison. From the commencement of his association with the therapeutic model of treatment, Lance has had a passion for the TC as a method of treatment within the prison setting.

His achievements are many and include: Implementation of a 60 beds Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) in collaboration with CareNZ staff; and a 6 months TC Program for Mainstream Prisoners with addiction problems; Joint proposing and opening of the 30 bed Short Term Intensive (STI) DTU TC in July 2012 for segregated prisoners; Stimulated, initiated and facilitated Staff in learning about the model and making it a daily practice; Integration of three circles (Corrections, CareNZ, and Prisoners) on a daily basis; Supporting colleague PCOs in how to facilitate and lead a TC unit from Corrections’ point of view; Using the TC model to stimulate and motivate prisoners towards change; and Using creativity, boundaries and working together with staff and prisoners.