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Social workers operating in the correctional services industry are faced with a unique set of circumstances, and needs to be adequately equipped in order to interact positively with individuals who may well have a range of personal problems, may be difficult to manage and who in some cases may be quite dangerous.
In view of this, an important question, would be; “What special competencies should a correctional social worker have in order for him/her to assist the offender effectively and efficiently with the rehabilitation process?” This text offers a a conceptual framework with a number of specific training and developmental outcomes that could be utilized for the ongoing training and development of social workers employed in a correctional setting.
Leon Holtzhausen holds a PhD in Criminal Justice Social Work.
After graduating, he practised clinical social work in a super maximum prison where he specialised in offender profiling, assessment and correctional treatment of male adult and juvenile offenders and families.
His research interests include crime, deviance and interpersonal violence.
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