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Prison support launch


           Prison to receive support from The Salvation Army

Monday 2nd April 2007

The Salvation Army is announcing the provision of a new Alcohol and Other Drug group program to Risdon Prison inmates.  The agreement with the prison is to provide a ten week drug education program for groups of approximately 8-10 inmates.  Attorney-General, the Hon Steve Kons, will launch the program on Tuesday 3rd April, 2007.

The curriculum is an educational model adapted from the materials used at The Salvation Army’s Hobart Bridge Program and the Matrix model.  The model, called the Matrix model, was developed by the Matrix institute on addictions, a partner of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), is an intensive outpatient alcohol and drug treatment course.

The course is set out with an introductory session as week one, eight interactive educational sessions and a final summary closing session. Topics covered include Drug & Alcohol Awareness, triggers and cravings, boundaries, models of recovery and readiness for change, relapse prevention and reintegration.  Participants also undertake a one-to-one 30 minutes assessment interview prior to commencing the course and a further 30 minute one to one exit interview once the course is completed.

The first course commenced in the Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison on Wednesday, 7 March 2007.  As this is the pilot course it is expected that the resources and presentations will change to accommodate participants needs.  Inmates will be given opportunity to provide feedback about the information and topics presented.

It is hoped that courses will also be run in the medium and maximum security prisons  and the Mary Hutchinson Women's Prison in the near future. 

Launch:        Tuesday 3rd April at 1:30pm

Venue:         The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters

                   27 Pirie Street, NEW TOWN

For further information please contact:

Stuart Foster on (03) 6278 7184 or 0419 326 865.