As a university that emphasises the importance of ensuring the psychological well-being of its students and surrounding communities, UBAYA researchers Prof. Dr. Yusti Probowati Rahayu, Dr. Hartanti, Ms Soerjantini Rahaju and Ms Srisiuni Sugoto have concluded their research on psychological rehabilitation as an effective strategy to work with and help troubled youths. This study focused on training staff at juvenile detention centres in Blitar as well as in Kediri, East Java so that they can offer guidance and counselling and actively discourage reoffending.
UBAYA’s research emphasised the rising number of reoffenders returning to the detention centres over the last nine years. This shows the rehabilitation and re-socialisation programmes offered are ineffective and juveniles leaving the centres therefore do not have the mindset to strive away from a life of crime. Over a three day period, staff members at the aforementioned facilities received training to enhance their skillset as well as knowledge in providing psychological help for children. The knowledge and skills obtained were then able to be implemented through the creation of a programme that rewarded children based on their efforts in education, vocational, extra-curricular activities, spirituality and cleanliness while at the centre.
The results of this research showcased a more positive outlook with regards to the behaviour of the juveniles. Through this method, children felt more empowered since they were assessed and rewarded for good behaviour and self-improvement. The psychological well-being of the children as well as staff had improved, and a more harmonious relationship developed between the two groups. This research demonstrated UBAYA's commitment to a sustainable community, with its people-centred concept of development being integral to improving the social services provided at the juvenile centres. Indonesia’s young demographic is a key driver to its economic development and it is essential for its young demographic to have a healthy mind-set so as to enhance the country’s competitiveness on a global scale.