A FORMER Nelson Mandela Bay student who works with hardened criminals has been recognised in New Zealand.
Psychologist Cameron Laubscher's therapeutic art programme in a New Zealand jail caught the attention of the country's prisons boss, Ray Smith.
The programme is so successful Smith is considering rolling it out nationally.
"This programme has provided prisoners with a platform to speak about and work on the deep- seated issues in their lives that have contributed to their offending," Smith said.
Laubscher, a former Alexander Road High School pupil, has been helping inmates in the Hawke's Bay regional prison's drug treatment unit for the past six months. The 30-year-old registered counsellor moved to Napier, on the North Island, last year after having worked at a Port Elizabeth practice. He holds an honours degree in psychology from NMMU.
Laubscher's parents – Dr Philip Laubscher, a general practitioner and anaesthetist, and Patsy Laubscher – were thrilled their son's work is being recognised. "He has always been involved with art," his mother said. – Xolisa Phillip