Men Taking Responsibility
This program is organised for men over 18 years of age who have offended or who believe they may offend against children.
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The basic philosophy of the program is sustained by the following four principles:
Justice: The first priority of treatment is justice for the child and the child’s family.
Accountability: Sex offenders who enter this program must be willing to be accountable for their behaviour. Justice requires that sex offenders face the legal and social consequences of their actions.
Support: Support is provided to enable the offender to follow through on the requirements of accountability. A tough love approach is taken to encourage offenders in growth towards wholeness.
Change: The sex offender must be committed to changing all abusive behaviours. Developing new behaviour patterns demonstrates evidence of change.
While the program is run on Christian principles it is open to men regardless of race, creed, religion or sexual orientation.
The treatment focuses on eight areas:
A weekly group process is used. every effort is made to develop a safe group where men are respected and provided with a chance to change and grow.
It is important for me to be able to talk about my crime, my feelings and what was going on in my life when I offended. Being able to talk to others in group without being put down, learning to communicate and to listen is a new skill for me. To have patience when group members are struggling and to be there for others gives me a sense of security.
At group meetings I feel totally safe and loved. Most of my life I have felt insecure, but at group I am learning about my crime and myself.
Rev. Dr. Peter Powell is a Uniting Church Minister and a registered psychologist in Australia who pioneered the program in 1995 with men referred from churches. He has presented papers at conferences on the issue of religious belief among sex offenders and the nature of shame and empathy as a critical variable in sex offender treatment. Dr. Powell is a clinical member with the NSW Commission for Children and Young People (Adult sex offenders) and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Treatment of Sex Abuse.
Patrick Smith is a registered Mental Health Social Worker – Australian Association of Social Workers and has a Clinical level accreditation with Child Sex Offender Counsellors Accreditation Scheme (NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian). Patrick is in private practice and also works with New Street Sydney. He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse.
Download the full COMPLETE PROTOCOL 2017 (pdf file)
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