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Understanding Offenders in the Context of Family

Understanding families in supporting offenders and ex-offenders in their rehabilitation journey

About this course

Family plays a crucial role in shaping who we are as a person; it has a huge influence on one’s values, beliefs and behaviours. Understanding the history and dynamics of a family can help us better understand an offender’s criminal behaviours. To promote the effective rehabilitation of offenders, there needs to be an understanding and assessment of their family background and situation. Where feasible and appropriate, the families should be involved in offenders’ rehabilitation and reintegration.

Upon completing the course, you will gain a better understanding of the complex interplay of factors that contribute to criminal behaviours by examining family dynamics and their impact on offenders. This knowledge can assist us in identifying areas which need our intervention and/or the intervention of our community partners.

Course Access Period

Please note that this is an online self-paced asynchronous course where learners will be granted two months of access from the enrolment date. Do also note that the course tile may take up to 48 hours to show up on your dashboard after purchase, and your access will start after it has been made accessible.

What you will learn

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of involving families in offender rehabilitation
  • Describe how you can support a family with incarcerated family member at each of the five stages of incarceration 
  • Recognise the complexity of any family profiles you may interact with
  • Practice effective communication skills when engaging an offender and his/her family
  • Start: Available Now
  • Length: 4 hours
  • Price: S$54.50 (including GST)
  • Course Provider: Singapore After-Care Association
  • Subject: Corrections, Rehabilitation, Social Work, Volunteering, Family
  • Language: English




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