Life within Hidden Worlds: Psychotherapy in Prisons

Editor : Jessica Williams Saunders

Part of The Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series - more in this series

Life within Hidden Worlds: Psychotherapy in Prisons

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2001
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 144
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  • Catalogue No : 13808
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855752191
  • ISBN 10 : 1855752190
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'Psychoanalytic psychotherapy as a practice is the antithesis of a prison regime. Prisons are hard; psychotherapy is porous, permeable. Echoed throughout this book is the obvious paradox that is being worked when practicing psychotherapy in a prison. The two are worlds apart, yet each can creatively serve the other. What I hope will be apparent is a view that occurs in all the writing: that people who commit crimes against another person are human, not animals, albeit with the capacity to carry out deeply disturbing, dark acts.'
- Jessica Williams Saunders, Editor, from her Introduction.

'Prisons are not ideal environments in which to practice psychotherapy, but they are places in which it is needed urgently. Unfortunately, too many people do not understand either the need, or what therapy can offer, and ignorance is a powerful enemy of practice.

'The Prison Service has the difficult task of attempting to ensure that all needs can be catered for. Its most intractable problem is with those at the extreme end of the difficult, dangerous and disruptive spectrum, whose treatment cannot solely be a matter of control. These are the prisoners whose treatment and needs are described in this book.

‘Psychotherapy should not be seen as antithetical to the ethos of a prison…it is important that prison staff should understand therapists, and vice versa. The value of Life Within Hidden Worlds is that it helps to fill the gap by explaining, simply yet graphically, the challenges that face therapists. I therefore recommend it strongly.'
- Sir David Ramsbotham, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, from his Foreword

About the Editor(s)

Jessica Williams Saunders, Registered Dramatherapist, Dip. Forensic Psychotherapy, specialised in forensic work in prisons and special hospital settings as a therapist and clinical supervisor. She has helped devise theatrical productions with her company The Theatre of Reflection. She has authored several publications based on her work as a clinical and theatre practitioner. She currently works as a freelance consultant.

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