Healing program ‘A New Day’ will be taken over by the John Howard Society

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Minister of Justice Louis Sebert announced on Wednesday at the Legislative Assembly that the healing program “A New Day’ dedicated to men who are violent won’t be interrupted.

The program is run by the Tree of Peace since December 2014 and until the end of this month. Then, the John Howard Society will take over. The program is currently designed to be completed in 20 weekly two-hour sessions in classes of 6-10 men.

“Men will have walk-in registration at the office next door to the current program space. Qualified counselors will meet with men individually to prepare them to join weekly groups. Those groups will run continuously, so men can start as soon as they are ready. If they need to take a break for any reason, they can quickly get back into the group. These minor changes to the scheduling do not affect the curriculum. They are based on the demonstrated need for drop-in groups and on the attendance trends that we saw in the pilot.”

Minister Louis Sebert explained that the John Howard Society is making arrangements for counselors to begin meeting with clients and start weekly groups. He thanked the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre “for their efforts and the dedication of their staff.”

He also expressed his interest in finding potential partners to offer this program throughout the Northwest Territories.

In the last evaluation report, in November 2016, the program was defined “most effecting in reducing re offending rates, after 12 months, for those who have completed more than 10 sessions.”

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Melinda Trochu
Melinda Trochu is an independent multimedia journalist from France who moved to Yellowknife recently. She has worked and lived in France, Lebanon and Australia. She is currently the News & Current Affairs Director at CKLB. If you want to contact her, here's her email: melinda.trochu@cklbradio.com

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