| Unit Description
This unit will introduce students to the practical issues and processes associated with working with offenders in different settings and for different purposes, such as prisons and community corrections. The subject draws upon knowledge from social work, psychology and criminology to provide theoretically informed discussion of principles and practices using concrete examples. Students will learn how best to work with a wide variety of offender groups, why and how people stop offending (desistance) and how practitioners can support processes of positive change and community reintegration. Topics to be covered include offender rehabilitation, recidivism, case management, duty of care, working with difficult clients and work situations, addressing complex needs, multi-agency collaboration, models of offender management, prison culture, assessment tools and risk management, offender narratives and restorative justice.