More inmates taught Anger Management

– 4th batch that graduated for 2018 in Berbice

– topics selected to expose the inmates to “a well-designed rehabilitation and social re-entry programme” – Managing Director of Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services

– convicted and remanded prisoners benefited from Anger Management Programme

DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 28, 2018

Thirty-two inmates from the New Amsterdam Prison were recipients of a certificate today which indicates that they have successfully completed a twelve-week Anger Management Course.

The programme which commenced on July 12 was conducted by the Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services (STCCS), and marks the fourth batch to graduate for the year in Berbice. The graduation ceremony was held at the Prisons’ Conference Hall, Penitentiary Walk, New Amsterdam, Berbice.

The ten women and 23 men, decked out in gowns, sat patiently before gracing the stage to collect their award. Among those graduating were convicted and remand prisoners.

Officer-in-Charge, Superintendent of New Amsterdam Prisons Deoraj Gyandat, remarked that the initiative undertaken by the Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services (STCCS), has contributed tremendously to the lives of the inmates. He noted that since the beginning of the sessions, his officers did not encounter any challenges and have since seen great improvements from the participants.

“The programme is a testimony to our commitment towards our mandate which is safe custody and retraining of inmates … we want persons to be reintegrated into society and live as law abiding citizens,” the Senior Officer said.

In addition, Gyandat congratulated the inmates for completing each session and encouraged them to practice what they have learnt after they are reintegrated into society. “I want you to use and spread this knowledge and be good role models,” Gyandat added.

Managing Director of Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services (STCCS), Mr. Will Campbell highlighted that the lessons taught were much more than just learning how to manage anger. The course, he said, was planned to expose the inmates to “a well-designed rehabilitation and social re-entry programme,” while citing that the topics have helped the participants to explore various issues which cause individuals to experience difficulty managing their emotions.

Campbell, who is also a psychologist, said that those who were involved in the three-month programme were also encouraged to adjust new ways of being, by adopting new ways of thinking.

The fifth batch of the rehabilitation initiative by the STCCS is expected to commence shortly.

Story and Images: Kellon Rover

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