On July 22, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia held a special educational event within the framework of its anti-drug program. The workshop for correctional psychologists took place at the premises of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.
In cooperation with the Bridge of Life Foundation, FJC’s Department for Interaction with the Armed Forces, Ministry of Emergencies and Law Enforcement Agencies aims to increase the effectiveness of penitentiary specialists in offering treatment and support for people serving sentences, to help them through their psychological problems and substance abuse.
“Since drug trafficking and antisocial behavior caused by drug and alcohol abuse are closely related to violation of the law, a special role in counteracting addictions is assigned to the specialists of the psychological service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia,” said in his opening speech Rabbi Aaron Gurevich, head of FJC’s Department for Interaction with Law Enforcement Agencies, a member of the public Council at the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, “That is why FJC Russia pays special attention to projects aimed at increasing the efficiency of specialists in penitentiary institutions.”
The date of the event marks another milestone for the organization’s project — seven years since its launch. From 2014, thousands of social workers and related professionals participated in seminars, interactive lectures, and face-to-face tutorials to effectively combat drug and alcohol addiction in Russian regions. The events were held in Moscow, Tver, Ryazan, Bryansk, Kursk, Orel, Nizhny Novgorod, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and many other cities.
Photos provided by the “Bridge of Life” (“Most Zhizni”) Charitable Foundation.