New Event – Voices of Dissent: Visioning a World Without Prisons – 19th June 2018

Prisons are often overlooked: we seldom hold them in mind, and take for granted that we’ve always needed them. But what if this isn’t true?

New Unity have organised a talk led by Mo Mansfield and Mandy Ogunmokun on Tuesday 19th June.

See for further details and to book your tickets.


Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades

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In the summer of 2016 the UK’s most famous prison for women, HMP Holloway, closed its doors. Yet renowned as Holloway was, no one had ever written its full story.

Now Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades, by Caitlin Davies, traces the prison’s 164-year history through the stories of the women and officers inside.

The book reveals how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century, what crimes – real or imagined – they committed, who found them guilty and why. It is a story of victimization and resistance; of oppression and bravery.

Bad Girls is published by John Murray on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2018

For further information and links on where to buy the book:

Saturday Forensic Forum – 17th February 2018

Time:   10:30am – 12:00pm

Venue: Philadelphia Association, 4 Marty’s Yard, 17 Hampstead High Street,  London, NW3 1QW

Price:    £10


You are cordially invited to celebrate the inspiring and ground-breaking work of Dr Estela Welldon as well as the publication of “New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy, Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon”.

Please contact us at if you have any questions or to book your place for this forum.

Save the date: 17th February – Saturday Forensic Forum

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To celebrate the inspiring and ground-breaking work of Estela Welldon as well as the publication of “New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy, Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon“, I hope you will save the date of 17th February 2018 to attend a very unique Saturday Forensic Forum.

The plan is for Estela to be in conversation with Brett Kahr.  Together they will explore and highlight themes of this contemporary pioneer in the forensic field.  The doors will open at 10:30. There will be time for questions and refreshments. Bookings for this forum will be taken closer to the date.

Please keep in touch and watch this space for more information to hear about Estela’s amazing work which has influenced many and continues to encourage growth and curiosity in the challenging work of the forensic psychotherapist, or anyone interested in working with complex patients and difficult settings.

Pregnancy and Motherhood in Prison (CPD Event) – 8th Feb 2018

Date and time: Thursday 8th February 2018 (9:30am-4:30pm)
Location: The University of Manchester

This one-day event aims to improve your knowledge and understanding of the experiences of pregnant women in prison, and the impacts of this on mental health.

Please see the following website for further information and booking details:

15th December 2017 – Christmas Seminar

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Christmas Seminar 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017
9.30am – 4.30pm
Quaker Meeting House, Oxford, UK

Parents with personality dysfunction can struggle to care for their children because of their own traumatic experiences. This seminar will focus on identifying parents early and different ways of offering therapy: both individual and group.

Speakers include Louise Howard, Anna Motz, and Amanda Jones. The day will be facilitated by Gwen Adshead.

Please see the following website for further information and booking details:

24th October 2017 – ICAPT Evening Lecture

The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training (ICAPT) team, colleagues and partners will be presenting some of their ideas that are at the heart of what drives their interest in developing research informed practice in arts psychotherapies. Jessica Collier (art psychotherapist) will be faciltating a talk on art psychotherapy with mothers in prison who have killed or harmed children.

Please see the following website for further information and booking details:

The Work – Prison Documentary


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Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, “The Work” follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. “The Work” offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

See for further information and available showings