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Between 26-27 September 2016, a series of events were organized marking the completion of the implementation of activities under the project Establishing a therapeutic community centre for women in Gherla Prison, run by the National Administration of Penitentiaries in partnership with Bredtveit Prison from Norway and Gherla Prison.

 

Thus, on September 26, 2016  a visit to the therapeutical centre for women – Lotus was organized, located inside Gherla Prison, including the participation of Ms. Raluca Prună, the Minister of Justice of Romania,  Her Excellency Ms. Tove Bruvik Westberg, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania, representatives of the Embassy, of the project partners, representatives of the Ministry of Justice – Programme Operator and the Ministry of European – the National Focal Point and other representatives from Romanian prison system.

 

Within the final conference, organized on September 27, 2016 the manner of achieving the objectives was assessed and the projects results were promoted.

Results obtained by implementing the project Establishing a therapeutic community centre for women in Gherla Prison:

  • A functional therapeutic community centre for women in Gherla Prison established and equipped;
  • 60 detainee/prisoner places which meet minimum standards of 4 square meters per detainee/prisoner.
  • A clinical protocol for depression developed, implemented and edited in 80 copies;
  • A clinical protocol for anxiety developed, implemented and edited in 80 copies;
  • A clinical protocol for personality disorders developed, implemented and edited in 80 copies
  • A program for personal optimization developed, implemented and edited in 80 copies.
  • 11 psychologists trained on psycho diagnose and clinical evaluation;
  • 19 persons from medical area, psycho-social assistance trained;
  • 30 prison staff trained on the therapeutic community methodology;
  • 1 dissemination session for 30 prison staff from other penitentiary units that are specialized in women custody;
  • 110 women (including Roma ethnics) deprived of liberty participated in the special assistance programs developed
  • 50 persons from the Romanian prison system participated in study visits in Norway
  • 320 manuals comprising each protocol and the program for the personal optimization of women deprived of liberty distributed in all the units who have women in custody;

To ensure visibility of the project were carried out a series of promotional activities, as follows:

  • 1 launch conference of the project;
  • 3 banners with visibility elements of the project;
  • 100 leaflets promoting the project;
  • general information of the project were posted on the NAP official website;
  • one intermediate conference;
  • the project website http://norwaygrants.anp.gov.ro/
  • one final conference of the project.

 

The project is implemeted during April 2014 – December 2016, has a budget of 1.232.437 euros and is supported by a grant from Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009 – 2014, Programme RO23 Correctional services, including non custodial sanctions.

 

The project aims at establishing a therapeutic community centre for women in Gherla prison, at developing special psycho-social recovery programs for their assistance, as well as at improving the professional competence and knowledge of the prison staff working with women deprived of liberty.

 

More details about this project are available at: http://norwaygrants.anp.gov.ro/despre-proiect-gherla  


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Innovation in the Criminal Enforcement Field: a Therapeutic Community Centre for the Psycho-Social Recovery of Women Deprived of Liberty

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Innovation in the Criminal Enforcement Field: a Therapeutic Community Centre for the Psycho-Social Recovery of Women Deprived of Liberty

Launched in May 2014 and developed within RO23 Programme –Correctional Services, including Non-custodial Sanctions, the project entitled Establishing a Therapeutic Community Centre for Women in Gherla Prison brings notable improvements in the Romanian Prison System concerning the effective support on psycho-social recovery of women deprived of liberty.

            The project is operated by the Ministry of Justice implemented by the National Administration of Penitentiaries, as a promoter, in partnership with Gherla Prison and Bredtveit Prison from Norway.

Having a budget of € 1.232.437 and financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009–2014, the project has reached the half of its implementation period, with relevant achievements in the addressed areas:

  • Initiating the execution phase of building and equipping the therapeutic community centre for women deprived of liberty – a very modern centre with an accommodation capacity for 60 inmates, which will meet the imposed international standards;
  • Developing and testing the clinical protocol for depression;
  • Developing and testing the clinical protocol for anxiety;
  • Elaborating a draft programme for personal optimization, during the two workshops held in Bucharest and launching of the testing phase in Gherla and Târgşor penitentiaries.

Each of the above mentioned programmes/protocols will be printed as manuals that will guide the Romanian prison staff in providing a real and competent support for therapy participants. This way, the therapy will serve to diminish, present cognitive, behavioural and emotional alterations, develop skills for communication, assertive behaviour and the ability to access personal resources. At the same time, the clinic protocol will help us treat the psychological component of anxiety, which results in the disappearance of the physiological symptoms and the development of the necessary skills to solve one's own problems.

Also, within the project, three study visits to Norway were organised, and 30 staff members of the Romanian penitentiary system were trained in contingent areas related to the therapeutic community methodology.