Karralika Justice Counselling (Karralika Programs Inc.)

Provides specialised alcohol, tobacco and other drug counselling support for community based individuals connected to Justice Services in the ACT (e.g. Community Corrections and Alexander Maconochie Centre), or those who have concluded with these services within the last three months. The program focusses on supporting people to transition back to the community.

Telephone: 02 6185 1300 or 1800 1 KARRA (1800 1 52 772)
Fax: (02) 6169 3200
Mailing Address: PO Box 2230, Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Email address: info@karralika.org.au
Website: http://karralika.org.au/feature/reversed/
Location (head office street address): Ground Floor, 2 Napier Close, Deakin ACT 2600

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • Within one week

Target Group:

  • Adults
  • Men and Women
  • People who are currently in contact with, or concluded with Justice services in the last three months

Documentation required:

  • No documentation required

When and how to access:

Operating hours: Program operating hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday). After hours appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Ways to access: By appointment only
Disability access: Accessible toilets
Referrals accepted from: Self, another service, Corrective Services, Alexander Maconochie Centre case manager


  • Assessment required
  • Face to face
  • Appointment required
  • Takes less than 1 hour

Specialist ATOD assessment includes:

  • Comprehensive alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Comprehensive mental health history
  • Basic physical health & medical history
  • Social and family history
  • Domestic and family violence screening
  • Criminal and legal history
  • Risk assessment

Treatment Plans

  • An individualised treatment plan will be developed


Program type: Counselling

Model:Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic approaches, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused counselling, motivational interviewing and mindfulness.

Duration and intensity:  Up to twelve sessions

Philosophical approach: Harm minimisation

Additional program description: 
Provides trauma informed specialist AOD counselling services for community based clients who are currently engaged with justice services in the ACT (i.e. Community Corrections or Alexander Maconochie Centre), or who have concluded with these services within the last three months. Up to twelve counselling sessions can be provided, with a focus on assisting clients to develop strategies to address AOD and other issues arising from the transition back to the community.

Additional supports available: 

  • Work and development program

Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Support

  • Referrals to access screening, treatment and ongoing monitoring for viral hepatitis with external providers,
  • Referrals to access screening & treatment for sexually transmitted infections with external providers

Aftercare and Exit of Service

  • Documented exit plan
  • Relapse prevention
  • Links with community self help groups (e.g 12 step)
  • Active referrals and support to access other services

Harm Reduction

  • Harm reduction drug education and strategies (i.e safer injecting information)

Mental Health

  • Screen for mental health
  • Assessments include a mental health history
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Staff have mental health training

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

  • Access to free interpreter services

Tobacco Management

  • Smokefree
  • Screen for tobacco use
  • Provide tobacco brief interventions
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy


No cost

Staff available

  • Counsellor

Alexander Maconochie Centre

  • Counselling: if clients enter AMC a one off follow up appointment is provided in AMC, clients can return to the program on exit from the AMC
  • Assessments
  • Referrals for services are accepted from Community Based Corrections as part of a parole conditions.

Other Information

  • Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT
  • Preparation of reports for Corrective Services

Last Updated on April 2019

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