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Assessment And Reintegration Specialists

The GEO Group Australia - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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About The Opportunity

The Assessment and Reintegration Specialist plays a critical role in undertaking a suite of assessments that inform the case planning, referral pathways and service delivery for prisoners. This includes
reception assessments to determine transition needs, reintegration needs assessments, risk assessments to determine dynamic risk factors and general recidivism risk, and assessment of other factors
that contribute to the development of case-management plans.

The Assessment and Reintegration Specialists facilitate information sessions for prisoners on leaving prison, managing health and mental health issues post-release and succeeding on parole or a community-based order. They work closely with the prisoner’s custodial casemanager and other program providers in meeting their identified needs. Importantly they interface with The Bridge Centre post-release services to support a continuum of care for prisoners as they reintegrate into the community.

Assessment and Reintegration Specialists form part of the greater multi-disciplinary team and report to the Assessment and Reintegration Team Leader.

  • Assess the transition and reintegration needs of prisoners within required time-frames to determine appropriate programs, services and referrals for meeting their post-release needs.
  • Provide prisoners with practical transition and reintegration assistance such as assisting with utility disconnection, access to back accounts and identification in addition to assisting prisoners with access to Centrelink, Disability Services and other external support agencies.
  • Provide prisoners with access to information about the parole application process and attend case-review meetings for prisoners who have applied for parole.
  • Schedule and facilitate prisoner information sessions.
  • Attend pre-release Case Management meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with all program areas including custodial, non-custodial, Alliance Partners, Forensicare and Correct Care, to ensure the reintegration needs of prisoners are prioritised appropriately.
  • Liaise with Community Correctional Services (CCS) staff attending Ravenhall to undertake Parole Suitability Assessments in relation to local orientation and support.
  • Effectively, efficiently and accurately manage data entry and provide written reports as required.
  • Participate as a member of the broader Transition and Reintegration team, reporting to the Assessment and Reintegration Coordinator.
  • Conduct daily reception assessments to determine prisoners’ immediate transition and accommodation needs
  • Conduct forensic risk assessments for sentenced prisoners to determine risk of recidivism including key risks and issues that informs treatment planning.
  • Administer the Good Lives Assessment Tool (GLAT) to explore areas to improve prisoner’s quality of life. assessments for prisoners serving greater than 6 months to explore areas of life enhancement
  • Liaise with custodial case-mangers in relation to the development of case-management plans in line with information identified through assessment.
  • Liaise with Aboriginal Programs Staff and Cultural Advisor in relation to new receptions who identify as indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse.
Your Skills & Experience

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • An undergraduate degree in social work, welfare, psychology, criminology or other related human services area or equivalent professional experience.
  • A thorough understanding of the Offender Management Framework and the principles underpinning assessment, offender engagement and reintegration.
  • Knowledge and understanding of, the issues faced by individuals who have been institutionalised including issues of adjustment, behaviour, transition and reintegration.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a correctional environment involving direct contact with prisoners.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills and attitudinal characteristics conducive to non-judgmental evaluations of prisoners.
  • Ability to administer assessment tools, analyse and record data, prepare plans and make referrals to service providers.
  • Well-developed time management and organisational skills, in addition to the ability to formulate and clearly communicate by way of written communication, prisoner needs based on available information.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and navigate various information management systems.
  • Ability to coordinate and deliver programs related to the transitional needs of prisoners including those released to parole and the community.
  • Experience in assessment and the development of case formulations and treatment recommendations
  • Previous experience working with mandated clients.
  • Certificate II in Assessment and Case Management.
  • Certificate III in Correctional Practice.
For further information about this role including the Position Description and how to apply, please click the Apply Now button.

About The Benefits

Joining GEO is your chance to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of prisoners, their families and the community. Benefits of working for GEO, include but are not limited to:
  • Role diversity and internal career progression opportunities
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities (including further education sponsorship)
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Competitive salary and rewards scheme
  • Salary sacrifice options
  • Free parking
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Staff gym
  • Subsidised meals
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are highly encouraged to apply .

Applications close at 11:00 pm, Sunday 20 June 2021.

Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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