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Bienvenue à l'IPCA

We hope that you enjoy your visit. The official language of IPCA is English. Some limited information on IPCA en français peuvent être trouvés ici and IPCA en español se puede encontrar aquí. If you are able to help in this effort please use the contact us form and let us know.

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General Information about the Conference can be found here.
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Questions about the Registration process can be directed to
David King.
Payment of Conference Fees is required at the time of registering.

Hope to see you “down under”.

Dr. Tom O'Connor
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Tom grew up in Ireland and qualified as an attorney in the Irish legal system. Then he took a new direction in life and joined a contemplative Catholic religious order called the Carmelites, and lived as a friar (a wandering monk) for 9 years working and studying in Ireland, Scotland, France and the USA. The Carmelites sent Tom to Washington, D.C. to study in 1987 and he has lived in America ever since.

In 1989 Tom left the Carmelite order and took a job at Loyola University in Maryland to research the impact of a Christian faith-based prison program on the success of the prisoners after their release. Since that time, twenty-six years ago, Tom has worked to develop human, spiritual and religious capital in the prison system, and to change himself so that he could better help the system to change and become more compassionate, less costly and more effective.

Tom has degrees in law, philosophy, counseling and theology; his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America focused on Religion and Culture in the US Penal System. Tom has been nationally certified in the US as a chaplain and as a counselor. Tom lives in the Northwest of America in Oregon with Aislinn, his wife and professional illustrator, and Sorcha, his 14 year-old daughter.

Most recently Tom worked as a research manager for two years and as the head chaplain for eight years with the Oregon Department of Corrections. He is currently an assistant professor in Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University, and is CEO of Transforming Corrections.

Tom is one of the leading researchers in the world on the role of chaplaincy, volunteers and religion in corrections. Tom has trained thousands of people in the criminal justice system, including chaplains, prison staff of all kinds, probation officers, lawyers, judges and volunteers, in the use of “evidence-based practices” such as helping people to make meaning in their lives; Motivational Interviewing; Cognitive Behavioral Coaching; and how change agents can help people to lift themselves out of crime. He has trained and spoken in venues across the US, as well as in Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, England and Australia. Tom is a gifted storyteller and has a great ability to engage and inspire people to approach their work in new and more life-giving ways.

Tom’s keynote address and other workshops at the conference will guide you through a learning process that will assist you to become a more effective change agent. Prior to the conference he will send you some web-based assessments that will help you to learn more about your preferred style of communication, collaboration and pastoral care. You will get your individual results before the conference. Then Tom will present the overall group findings at the conference to show us how to better match our own styles to the styles and needs of the people we work with. In his own dynamic way, Tom will guide us to discover more about who we are and how to “tell our story”, and about the unique strengths and gifts we bring to prison systems around the world. Dr. O’Connor will also lay out the latest research findings on how to become a more skilled and effective chaplain, and guide us in the development and practice of those skills at the conference.
the Rev. Hennie Human
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Hennie is the National Director of Spiritual Care in the Correctional Services in South Africa. He is heading the Correctional Services Chaplaincy since 2003. The Reverend started as correctional chaplain at the Groenpunt Correctional Centre in the Free State province, South Africa.

Hennie grew up in Bethlehem, South Africa. He graduated and obtained the BA (Theology Admission) at the University of the Free State and BD (Theology) at the University of Pretoria. He started his ministry as an ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church before he accepted the calling to the Correctional Ministry in South Africa.

With the birth of the new democratic South Africa in 1994, he was instrumental in the transformation of the Chaplaincy in Correctional Services in South Africa, establishing an inclusive chaplaincy which was representative of all churches and faiths in South Africa. He was part of an advanced human rights programme between the University of Pretoria and Raoul Wallenburg Institution at the Lund University, Sweden, in the establishing of a human rights culture in government institutions, the Police, Justice and Correctional Services.

Hennie was the National Director of Labour Relations and chief negotiator of Correctional Services South Africa for the period 1998 - 2003.

He is part of the Safety and Security Christian Advisory Board on Correctional Services, Police Services and the National Defence Force of South Africa informing policy and legislation on chaplaincies. The reverend also represented Correctional Services at the National Central Drug Authority of South Africa advising on drug legislation, treatment and prevention.

For the past two decades Hennie is been involved with the University of South Africa (Department of Practical Theology) in the presentation of the Correctional Ministry course and training of pastors working in correctional centres in South Africa and Africa.

Since 2005 the reverend is the Africa representative on the International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA) Worldwide Steering Committee. He served as one of the Vice presidents of IPCA from 2005 - 2010. Recently, he has been involved with training and assisting prison chaplains in the DRC to enrich the prison ministry in the southern part of the country.

He is of the opinion that the rehabilitation of inmates should be supported strongly by needs and evidence based spiritual programmes, focussing on restorative justice, family restoration, moral development and community support programmes.
the Rev. Dr. Ulrica Fritzson
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Ulrica was ordained a minister in the Church of Sweden in 1996. In 2000 she became a Prison Chaplain in Malmo. She continues to hold that position but is currently on study leave, completing her Ph.D. She is also a trained Gestalt Therapist and has been working with men (and their partners) who are dealing with domestic violence at a Crisis Centre in Malmo.

Currently is currently a full time a doctoral student in the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Lund, Sweden. Her dissertation focuses on the meaning of the meeting between the offender and the victim. The context of her work is the Restorative Justice program at Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa. Her interest is to understand, in a philosophical way, what impact the meeting with the victims has for the offender. She is interested in the dynamic between the offender as a human being able to atone for the guilt and harm caused. The point of reference for her work is relational philosophers such as Ricoeur, Lévinas, Buber, Cavarero and Gobodo-Madikizela.

In 2011 she started the Reconciliation Group in Sweden, based on the Restorative Justice Program, founded and facilitated by Jonathan and Jenny Clayton her worked at Hope Prison Ministry at Pollsmoor Prison. The Reconciliation group works in cooperation with the Department of Correctional Services, the municipality, Church of Sweden, and private Rehab centers.

It is Ulricka’s opinion that this program is working remarkably well, both within a South African and a Swedish context. The program complements the ordinary justice system since it addresses the difficult areas of guilt with existential and relational guilt that that the ordinary justice system often does not address.
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Justice Reflections is an ecumenical collection of theological papers appearing three times a year. The publication incorporates worldwide papers linking Christian ideas with matters of justice. Each issue consists of up to eight papers in English of 2,000 - 8,000 words on theological insights into ethical, moral, pastoral or restorative aspects of justice. IPCA is presently working out a partnership arrangement with Justice Reflections and we look forward to being able to share this with you soon. In the meantime please do visit their website.
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In Memory of Capuchin Friar, Brother Kieran Garvey, long-time Prison Chaplain and Friend of IPCA who died on July 9th, 2013. Read more here.

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Rev. Bob Payne, an Anglican Priest and member of IPCA, receiving the Order of the British Empire from the Queen. Congratulations Bob on behalf of your IPCA family.
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