Spotlight on Bec Trigg - Social Worker - North East Community Correctional Centre
When did you join Correctional Services? I completed my final student placement in a Master of Social Work degree at NECCC in March-July 2017. I then commenced employment at NECCC as a CCO3. On receipt of my academic transcript I began a position as a CCO4 in August 2017.
What did you study? I completed a Master of Social Work at Flinders University. My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor Of Arts Majors in Criminology and Legal Studies.
Can you tell us a little bit about your career with corrections so far and why you decided to join corrections? I have been employed in Community Corrections at NECCC for just over six months. I requested completing my placement at Corrections as it seemed a natural transition from my undergraduate degree to apply my Social Work skills in this field.
What have you enjoyed most about your time with Correctional Services so far? The diversity of the work. I really enjoy working directly and collaboratively with offenders and applying intervention strategies to assist them make changes. Likewise, I enjoy writing reports, predominantly I have enjoyed the parole reports the most and the opportunities to visit the prisons. On a day to day basis, I enjoy the fast pace and the constant change in prioritising my work when the unexpected arises.
What you think makes corrections a great place to work? It is never lacklustre and people are very supportive of one another and most appear to have a great sense of humour. I regularly meet people who have worked at corrections for many years in different parts of the department, so there is constant exposure to a plethora of experience and skill.
Any advice for those thinking about a career with corrections? Think laterally in your approach to corrections and challenge your perceptions, values and ethics. I initially thought that the compliance focused role of a CCO could at times appear overly punitive to offenders in the community. However I soon learnt that this was not oppressive as they are always offered choices. I have found that compliance can be used to re-direct offenders to focus on their reality and is empowering because they are challenged to accept responsibility for themselves and make informed choices, when for many of them, they have not previously held themselves accountable or been in full control of their lives.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Being outdoors, (in contrast from an office), as much as possible especially at the beach with my partner and son teaching my son to surf and skate. A favourite hobby remains continual study on Social Work and Criminological theories. This, I often undertake in the middle of the night when I cannot sleep.