All in the Family? The use of Family Intervention Programs and Methods in Juvenile Justice

24 October 2012

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The Institute of Criminology is pleased to announce the first seminar in the 2012-2013 Juvenile Justice seminar series, which will explore models of family intervention and their effectiveness in reducing juvenile offending behaviour. In exploring the role of family intervention, the seminar will bring together key government, non-government organisation and academic perspectives. Critical attention increasingly is being paid to this area of juvenile justice practice; some jurisdictions are enthusiastic about the uptake of such programs, while others are more cautious. In light of this, it is timely that this seminar asks: how effective are family intervention programs and methods? Do they assist young people from deepening contact with the criminal justice system and prevent offending behaviour? Simply put, can and do they work?

About the speakers

Michael Szyjan Ph.D. is the Manager of the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) in Juvenile Justice, NSW. Michael was trained as a Clinical Community Psychologist at DePaul University, Chicago. He has managed community mental health programs in the US including programs with offenders. Michael provided consultation to the Department of Community Services (DoCs) for the roll out of psychological services. His interest is in the development, implementation and evaluation of evidenced based programs within the NSW public service.

Bron Parker is Manager ALIVE, Catholic Care. She has an MA in Community Management. Originally from Adelaide, Bron worked in nursing with remote Aboriginal communities before moving to Melbourne and working with Community Services in child protection and with youth. She has been with CatholicCare for 20 years where she manages Adolescents Living Independently Via Empowerment (ALIVE). ALIVE was established in 1992 to work with 16-25 year olds at risk of homelessness and empower them with skills and information in their pursuit of secure independent living. ALIVE supports between 40 - 50 young people at any one time and offers a suite of programs, including programs specific to the needs of Juvenile Justice clients. These include the Joint Tenancy Assistance Program (JTAP), the Juniperina Housing and Support Program (JH&SP), and ALIVE HAP (Homeless Action Project) which are ALIVE's most intensive accommodation support programs. Bron has managed JTAP since its inception in 1997.

Associate Professor Brian Stout joined the University of Western Sydney in April 2012, as Associate Professor of Social Work in Department of Social Work, Welfare and Therapy Studies. Previously he was Associate Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University, in Leicester, UK, where he worked for 9 years, primarily in Community and Criminal Justice. Associate Professor Stout's practice background is as a probation officer, in Northern Ireland, and has been involved in developing and delivering training and education for probation officers and other criminal justice professionals both in the UK and in South Africa. Most recently, he has been involved in a number of European criminal justice social work projects, and he has also contributed, as an international expert, to probation and prison training in Georgia and Chechnya.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this seminar is equal to 2 MCLE/CPD units.

This event is sponsored by Juvenile Justice NSW and hosted by the Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School.

Time: 6.00-8pm (Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm)

Location: Law Foyer, Level 2 New Law Building (F10) Eastern Ave University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration essential

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: 02 9351 0323

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