First Nations Innovation and Partnership Award. Therapeutic Community Movement in Australasia: Organisational Award

In 2019 ATCA this award was presented to: The Glen, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Alcohol and Drug, Modified TC for men experiencing alcohol and drug dependence.  The Glen is located on the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales, sitting on 32 acres of open and pristine bushland, which clients describe as calming and tranquil. 

The Glen was established in 1994 and has been a shining example of the triumph of the Koori and the human spirit for the past 24 years. The program is led by five strong Indigenous women who have been personally touched by the effects of drugs and alcohol and are all extremely passionate about the work which the program is undertaking.  In 2019, after a planned campaign, their work was recognised by the Federal Government with the awarding of a $9 million grant to establish the first Aboriginal Community Controlled TC in NSW for Women only.

Excellence in Research and Evaluation: Therapeutic Community Research Award

Goldbridge; Girija Dadhe, Counsellor and Psychotherapist; and Cathy Bettman, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology, who were the recipients of the 2019 award, formed a three-way partnership with the aim to investigate the lived experiences of adult crystal methamphetamine users in Australia, to examine how participants became dependent, what factors maintained this dependency, and what were the most significant adverse effects of this drug on different domains of their lives. 

Although this was a small study, it provides a rich account of the complex and multiple factors leading to crystal methamphetamine use, the aftermath of using this drug, and recovery from it. The study points towards further research on different demographic groups among the Australian population, such as young adults, women, and gay men and women/to understand their experiences and specific treatment needs.

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

This award recognises an exemplary or commendable contribution to the Therapeutic Community movement in Australasia made by a program or intervention.  The criteria for the award is based on current best practice; effectiveness on a range of measures, including the improvement of social and psychological functioning; and evidence that it is making a meaningful contribution.

The 2019 winner of this award is Wandoo Therapeutic Community, a partnership between Cyrenian House and the Department of Justice, providing WA’s first dedicated Alcohol and other Drug Therapeutic Community for women in a prison setting.  Wandoo TC focusses on offering a safe, healthy, supportive and respectful environment where women can make positive, lasting changes.

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

This award recognises the individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Therapeutic Community movement in Australasia over a considerable period of time. 

In 2019, ATCA recognised the work of two individuals whose contribution to the development and growth of the TC model has been significant. 

David Scott, Manager Rehabilitation Services, Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery,

commenced working within Windana as a Mental Health Registered Nurse and Manager of Residential Rehabilitation Services in 2012 after working in the AOD sector both internationally and in Australia.  He has a long list of achievements and has forged and maintained links locally, nationally and internationally – particularly with Phoenix Futures in Glasgow.

His commitment to Community as Method, ongoing improvement and innovation has had a significant positive impact on residents and staff. He personifies the TC model to both staff and residents in his daily work practices and is a consistent, measured and caring leader. 

Gerard Byrne, member of ONE80TC Board and State Manager for The Salvation Army AOD Services in NSW / ACT and QLD has spent the past 30 years working in the AOD field.  Gerard has worked in the private and government AOD sectors for 11 years, providing a range of specialist assessment / referral, intervention and case management services.

Under his guidance, the services within what was known as the Salvation Army’s Eastern Territory have gone from strength to strength – embracing the Therapeutic Community model of treatment and developing a range of award-winning programs.  These programs have been continually expanded and developed to include programs for men and women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, people with comorbidity and trauma presentations and families. 

ATCA Recognition Award

In 2019, twenty-seven awards were made to people who have provided more than 10 years’ service to the TC movement in Australia and New Zealand. ATCA congratulates the following people:

  • Brett Foster – for more than 15 years service with The Buttery.
  • David Dalton – for more than 10 years service with The Buttery. 
  • Jenny McGee – for more than 10 years service with The Buttery.
  • John Kerr – for more than 10 years service with The Buttery. 
  • Larissa McClelland – also with The Buttery for over 10 years.
  • Hayden Bowen – Case Worker with Odyssey House Victoria’s Circuit Breaker Program.
  • Haydn Cooke – from Odyssey House Victoria’s Circuit Breaker Program.
  • Keir Larter – Assistant Manager of the Circuit Breaker Program, Odyssey House Victoria. 
  • Krystal Cryer – Case Worker with Odyssey House Victoria’s Circuit Breaker Program.
  • Kyohei Fujiie – Duty Worker in the Odyssey Circuit Breaker Program.
  • Brett Kessey – member of the Karralika Program’s staff since 2004.
  • Joseph Tandl – a member of the Karralika Program’s therapeutic community team ince 2007.
  • Kate Hillas – Case Manager in the Karralika Program’s Adult TC since 2004.
  • Kaylene Rose – a member of the Night Supervisor team at Karralika Programs since 2005.
  • Kelly Connell – a member of the Karralika Program’s staff since 2007.
  • Michael Saad – a member of the Night Supervisor team at Karralika Programs since 2005.
  • Troy Kitto – Centre Manager at One80TC, has been with the organisation for 10 years.
  • Zeke Webb-Pullmancommenced with Goldbridge in a student role in 2009 and was appointed to a staff position in 2011.
  • Patrick Williams has been a Night and Weekend Supervisor with Cyrenian House Rick Hammersley Centre Therapeutic Community for the past 12 years. 
  • Sally Saunders – has been a Counsellor Educator at the Cyrenian House since 2007.
  • Carolyn Stubley – is the Nurse Manager for WHOS, overseeing Nursing staff and a range of programs.
  • Chris Claire – has been working for WHOS Najara since its opening 14 years ago.
  • Gaye Byron – is the Clinical Nurse Manager for WHOS Rozelle.
  • Kate Daley – works with staff and residents in the WHOS Gateway service.
  • Mahesh (Sunanda) Manandhar – has worked at WHOS Najara for over 10 years.
  • Melissa Thorpe – joined WHOS as a Community Support Worker 12 years ago at the Najara TC.
  • Susie Xu – Accounts and Payroll for We Help Ourselves (WHOS). 

Our congratulations and appreciation for the work which you have all done over the past decade in supporting residents in our TCs and in your commitment to the TC and community as method.

20 years’ Recognition Awards

Therapeutic Community staff are well known for their longevity and passion to the TC Model.  In 2019, ATCA publicly recognised colleagues who have made a dedicated contribution to the TC movement for 20 and 30 years.  These awards recognise dedicated service over a significant period of time, often in a variety of capacities and in more than one organisation in Australasia or internationally.

  • Roz Holmes has provided 25 years of dedicated service to The Buttery in Administration and Intake, providing supportive interaction between staff and residents.   Her endearing personality has been, and remains, a fixture of Buttery lore. 
  • Dawn Bainbridge is a passionate advocate of the TC Model, and member of the Karralika Programs’ leadership team and quality committee.  She has worked since 1998 in  senior roles across residential and community services, and is now Program Manager of Karralika Adult and Family Programs.
  • Ian O’Brien has been employed as a Night and Weekend Supervisor at the Cyrenian House, Rick Hammersley Centre Therapeutic Community since 1999.  He has an amazing strength of character and a strong belief in and practical application of Community as Method.  Ian provides leadership and stability to night and weekend staff and his signature crisp white shirts are an iconic part of the Rick Hammersley Centre TC.
  • Linda Santiago has been a valued member of staff at the Cyrenian House Rick Hammersley Centre TC since 1999 and is the Senior Counsellor Educator in the Saranna Women and Children’s Program.  She began her journey as a student on placement, and has had multiple and varied part time and full time roles including Welfare Worker, Senior Counsellor, Saranna Outreach Worker and Clinical Coordinator. She has enriched the service provided to Saranna residents.
  • Des Walsh has been with WHOS for more than 20 years and currently manages both Gunyah, a position he took up in 2001, and Gateway, which he added to his portfolio in 2017.
  • Lyn Roberts commenced at Aspell House, a small TC in Wellington, NZ and six years later she moved to Higher Ground in Auckland, NZ.  She started with WHOS at New Beginnings and has since been employed with WHOS for more than 22 years. She currently manages the WHOS Opioid Substitution Treatment residential programs.

30 years’ Recognition Awards

  • Roy Dennett has been groundsman, handyman and support driver at The Buttery TC for 30 years, with many stories to tell from The Buttery’s humble beginnings.  He is always up for a chat with staff and residents and has provided dedicated service over a long period of time.
  • Garth Popple has held the Executive Director role at WHOS for over 25 years. Prior to this he held the positions of General Manager, Board Member and Accounts Officer dating back to 1981. All in all – covering 35 years in the TC field. Garth is a founding board member of ATCA and has held positions of President and Chair.  He is currently in his second elected term as Deputy President of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities. 
  • Kerry Fitzroy commenced at Karralika Programs over 30 years ago as the Child Care Director in the Family Program.  During her time with Karralika, she has undertaken further study and has managed several programs, including the TC’s Adult and Family Programs, and is currently Program Manager of Community-based services.  She remains driven by client outcomes and quality services, she represents the organisation on several committees and has a strong commitment to staff and residents. 
  • Eric Allan’s contribution to TCs in Australia has been enormous over his 30 years at Odyssey House Victoria. Initially working with young people, he has been the Executive Manager of Residential Services at Odyssey House Victoria for almost 20 years, enhancing the Lower Plenty TC, establishing the award-winning Circuit Breaker program in North East Victoria in 2005, and now establishing a new TC in Bairnsdale. He has served as a board member and past chair of ATCA, and his expertise is regularly called on by government and other residential programs around the country.
  • Lynne Magor-Blatch commenced work at the ley Community in Oxford, UK in 1974 – having first completed a period of training at Alpha House, Portsmouth. She has held a number of positions in TCs in Australia and the UK, notably with Karralika over a 14-year period, commencing in 1988, and has been the Executive Officer of ATCA since 2009.  She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities.
  • Janet Woolley was the Operations Manager at WHOS for 28 years and retired from that position in 2017. Janet now works part-time on the Executive Team as a Consultant assisting the CEO and board of directors and is an important member of the admin team.
  • Trevor Hallewell first began supporting WHOS over 30 years ago as a volunteer Board Member over an 18-year period, serving in various roles including Vice President. For the past 14 years Trevor has been the Manager of the Najara program, Sunshine Coast.  His contribution has seen the recognition of WHOS as a major TC player in Qld.

ATCA also honoured two others whose work in the United States and internationally has served to expand, develop and promote the TC model.  They have done amazing work and we were privileged to have them as our keynote speakers during this conference. 

  • Naya Arbiter began at Amity in 1981, although her roots in the TC movement go back many years before to Synanon. She has been responsible for the total transformation of this organisation and its recognition nationally and internationally as one of the most innovative and effective.  She has developed restorative paradigms for those marginalised through addiction, poverty, racism, sexism trauma and violence. She has been recognized for the development of pro-social strategies for people that represent populations that have confounded the mainstream.
  • Rod Mullen began his career in the therapeutic community in 1967 with Synanon Foundation. During his career he has developed and implemented TCs with adolescents, women and children, native Americans, and for men and women under criminal justice supervision both those incarcerated, and those in community-based settings. He been a consultant to many organisations in the US, and several in other countries. 

The cumulative years of service and commitment by those who have received Recognition Awards this evening, amounts to many hundreds of years – and during that time thousands of people have entered and succeeded in their treatment journey.  We congratulate and honour you tonight.