Once a referral has been received all new clients will go through an assessment process, which is designed to gather information about their past and current situation and offending behaviours. At the same time, partners and family members will be offered the services of the Family/Whanau Worker.
Generally an assessment takes about four meetings with a therapist to complete. At times it is important for a partner or significant other person to be involved in order for us to assess safety in the family, particularly where children are present.
At the completion of the assessment a review meeting will be held with the client and others closely associated with him. This is to feed back the conclusions of the assessment process, look at safety issues and to discuss 'where to from here.'
After an initial assessment, the client joins the programme and is appointed an individual therapist. During the next 12 months, they work with this person and also attend regular group therapy sessions. Family counselling is an important aspect of the programme and a WellStop therapist or the Family Worker will meet regularly with the clients family or support people as needed.
Families and partners are also offered counselling and support, giving them the knowledge and resources they need to prevent abuse happening again. Once every three months, all those involved in the treatment of the offender will meet to review their progress and to set goals for the next three months.
You are welcome to contact the Adult Programme Team Leader to discuss any questions you might have or contact us on (04) 566-4745. Alternatively, you can access the Adult Programme Brochure or the Adult Mens Booklet for any further information you may require.