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Therapy behind Locked Doors – Counselling in Prisons

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A subject that many find in equal parts intriguing, complex and difficult.

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A subject that many find in equal parts intriguing, complex and difficult. This talk explores what it means to work with some of the most vulnerable but often most marginalised members of our society; those in prison.

Criminal behaviour is a source of fascination, with crime and its punishment forming a powerful narrative in popular culture allowing the darkest side of human nature to be explored safely and, typically, resolved. What happens when those stories are real and resolution is not so easily achieved? What happens when those darker impulses are acted out in a way that creates a rupture with the social contract?

Counsellors work every day with the troubled and vulnerable, understanding the need to sit with people in their despair. What happens when that individual is also someone who has committed a crime? What happens when a model built around understanding emotional development meets a system structured around the management, containment and punishment of behaviour?

This talk explores how psychodynamic counselling, working as it does with developmental processes, might help those in prison. It will consider how crime and its punishment is a system grounded in the behavioural acting out of developmental disruption, early trauma, and experiences of abuse. It will think about what it means to work in prison as a counsellor, to work with people guilty of sometimes terrible crimes, to understand what their offending behaviour might suggest about their own development, how they might be encouraged to understand themselves and how they came to be in prison, and crucially how they might be rehabilitated.

Due to the sensitive nature of the material and vulnerable client population this talk will not be recorded.

Henry Adeane is a Psychotherapist, Visiting Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor. He currently works at the Counselling Foundation in St Albans, The Bedford Prison Counselling Service, Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Norwich and in a number of other organisations in various capacities. He specialises in complex cases, forensic psychotherapy and the ethical treatment of addiction and personality disorder.

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