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

International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy 
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

Saturday Forensic Forum – 2nd September

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Time:                  10:30 – 12:30

Price:                  Free


You are warmly invited to attend this free event to discuss future developments following the closure of HMP Holloway as well as on-going therapy provision in prisons.

The MoJ have recently launched the formal consultation on the draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Holloway Prison site (see for more information). The SPD sets out how the development of the site should be approached by potential developers.

The Saturday Forensic Forum encourages discussion amongst professionals and we look forward to a stimulating meeting and hope you will join us in making plans for future presentations.

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


 10:30           Refreshments

 11:00          Update on Holloway plans

                     Presentation of clinical work with young mother in prison

 12:30          End

Howard League lecture held in memory of Lord Parmoor

Monday 30 October 2017, 6pm
Clifford Chance LLP, 10 Upper Bank Street, London, E14 5JJ

Guest speaker: 

The Rt Hon Sir James Munby
President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales

Sir James Munby is a leading judicial voice on children and young people. His landmark judgment in November 2002 on the application of the Children Act 1989 to children in prison was the first major legal case brought by the Howard League legal team.

This year, the Howard League celebrates fifteen years of legal work with children and young people in prison, many of whom have benefited from the impact of that decision.

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If you would like to attend, please submit your request online at:
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The event is free to attend, but you are invited to make a donation to cover the charity’s costs.  Please give generously.

Progress Update and Free Get Together

Greetings to you all after a very long time.

A year has passed since the closing of HMP Holloway. During this year many therapists from Holloway have been working on a book to document 20 years of psychotherapy provided to the women held there. In addition to this another project, HUT (Holloway United Therapies) is taking shape. HUT’s aim is to extend specialist forensic therapy to female prisoners on their release from prison.
The book, “The End of the Sentence” is scheduled to be published by Karnac. “The End of the Sentence” is being edited by myself and Jessica Collier. It will appear as part of the Karnac Forensic Series edited by Brett Kahn who is also supervising us in the editing of the chapters.
The exploration of loss is a key component of psychotherapy. The mourning process can go many ways. Healthy mourning provides fuel for further creativity which I believe our two current and complimentary projects express and embody.
To catch up and reconnect SFF is holding a free meeting on 2nd September from 11:00 – 1pm at the usual place, the Philadelphia Association, 17 Marty’s Yard, off of Hampstead High St., NW3. where we will have time to tell you about both “The End of the Sentence” and HUT. Anyone interested in forensic work is warmly invited. There is so much to talk about keeping forensic work alive not only in our practice but in the larger world. My experience of working at HMP Holloway and many other prisons supports my strongly held view that psychotherapy has much to offer in the treatment of offenders and the marginalised. Together let us share our work and find ways in which forensic understanding can be shared and demonstrated to a wider public, ensuring more understanding and support for psychotherapy in (and after) prison.
This is a free event and will include refreshments. A donation would be useful to help cover the rental of the room. We do hope to see you and hope you can help us keep the forensic ball in play. If we do not stand up for our work – who will?
Please do keep in touch and hope to see you on 2nd September. We are always looking for people keen to present their work!
Best wishes to all,
Pamela Stewart
Founder Saturday Forensic Forum