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Working with a Correctional Cohort - Applying a Strengths-Based Approach

Working with complex individuals who have engaged with corrections requires a strengths-based approach in order to build clients’ resilience and help them to successfully integrate and feel supported to move forward. 

One of the first steps of applying a strengths-based approach is to challenge our own perceptions and ideas and acknowledge clients’ capacity for change.

This workshop looks at how to apply a strengths-based approach and engage positively with a correctional through examining evidence-based practice strategies.

Learning outcomes

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • how personal perceptions can impact working with a correctional cohort
  • strategies for applying strengths-based practice with a correctional cohort
  • about creating capacity for change through resilience-building strategies
  • about the role of psycho-educational programs and strengths-based models
  • about the challenges of working with a complex cohort and understanding how strengths-based practice can build motivation and engagement
  • how to separate empathy from collusion when working with a correctional cohort.

Ideal for

Professionals working with a correctional cohort and/or supporting families.

About the presenters

Lucille Hart is the Training Lead for Family Violence and Relationship Counselling and an experienced facilitator at Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV). She has qualifications in psychology, social science and meditation and is experienced in the provision of family violence, mental health, healthy relationships, rehabilitation, youth and psychoeducational services. Lucille has substantial experience working with correctional cohorts including facilitating and leading programs for individuals engaged with the correctional system. She regularly provides training for government and non-profit organisations in areas including vicarious trauma, managing challenging behaviours, professional boundaries and managing difficult conversations.

Luke McCord is an experienced Program Facilitator who works with correctional cohorts and the Support for Fathers team at RAV. Luke brings with him over 12 years' experience in both the government and private sectors including 6 years with Youth Justice. He also has over 10 years' experience leading large teams delivering positive change programs within correctional facilities and the community. Luke is passionate about working with men and fathers, and blends his professional and personal experience to engage people from all walks of life.

Registration information

  • Registrations for scheduled workshops close 48 hours before the event.
  • Workshops must be paid for at least 2 business days before the training date, or your registration will be cancelled. 
  • If paying by invoice, proof of payment needs to be provided at least 24 hours ahead of the event.

Training Workshops Cancellation Statement [PDF, 1MB] 

Contact us

Training and Development Team
Phone: (03) 8573 2222
Email: [email protected]


No workshops are currently scheduled. Please contact us directly to express your interest.

We can provide this workshop either online or face-to-face.
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