On 24-25 of October within the project “Back to society: establishing Social Bureaus for former inmates, prisoners and probationers in Georgia”, funded by European Union, the training with MCLA and NPA staff was conducted.
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The goal of the training was to improve awareness of the MCLA and NPA staff about best practices of the psychosocial rehabilitation of the prisoners, former prisoners and probationers. 15 persons (social workers of the MCLA, probation officers of the NPA and chief of social and medical departments) took part in the training.
Representatives of the MCLA and NPA presented existing rehabilitation programs and future vision on how to improve access to psychosocial rehabilitation services for prisoners, former prisoners and probationers.
Representative of Tanadgoma, Sergo Chikhladze presented preliminary results of the qualitative research conducted within the project. The goal of the research was to identify needs of probationers and probation officers in improving psychosocial rehabilitation of probationers.
Ms. Hilde Roberts, expert from Dutch organization “MainLine Foundation” presented best practices of the EU countries in psychosocial rehabilitation of prisoners, former prisoners and probationers.
At the end of the training participants expressed their opinion that such trainings (meetings) are very important for future development of the psychosocial rehabilitation programs and strengthening inter-organizational communication between governmental structures and NGOs.