Reading for pleasure and going to prison…

The Guardian (Review section, p.15), 19.1013, Neil Gaiman
“Face Facts: we need fiction”
Fascinating article about children’s reading which begins:
“Once in New York I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in the US.  The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need?  How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now?
And they found they could predict the answers very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based on asking what percentage of 10 and ll years olds couldn’t read for pleasure.”

Intro to working with clients in contact with the law…

Thanks to those of you who came to a lively start to the SFF, and of course huge thanks to Pamela and Karen who gave a very interesting talk combining theory and practice. We were also pleased to welcome so many of you art and movement therapists as our “patients are of often acting out because they can not speak out”.

Some of the things we discussed included:

  • Where crime, the offender and the therapist sit in society and their relations to each other.
  • Our work will, in part, be about understanding the offence: what is the meaning of the offence; both conscious and unconscious?
  • What is the function of the crime and what are the secondary gains?
  • Working towards accountability.
  • How do we, as therapists, bring together society, the crime and the individual.

As requested here are the two references:

Richard Davies (2007): The Forensic Network and the Internal World of the Offender. Buy here or preview here.

Hanna Pickard (2011): Responsibility Without Blame: Empathy and the Effective Treatment of Personality Disorder

We have a few places left for this Saturday.

We have a few places left for this Saturday. Email to guarantee a place. You can also come on the day.
We look forward to seeing you.
Oct 12, 2013
A prison cell door
An Introduction to the complexities of forensic work and keeping links alive.
Pamela Stewart and Karen Rowe
Coming up…
Nov 9, 2013
Hidden Victims of Crime
A school therapy project with art examples
We will hear from a teacher who is working with 2 children who witnessed their father nearly kill their mother. Includes examples of their art work and discussion about the on-going work in a school setting.