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 https://theworkmovie.com/ for further information and available showings

Saturday Forensic Forum – 2nd September

mother and baby

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 https://www.islington.gov.uk/consultations/development-of-holloway-prison-site 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 saturdayforensicforum@gmail.com 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.

Request a ticket
If you would like to attend, please submit your request online at: www.howardleague.org/events/parmoor-lecture/
or you can email: barbara.norris@howardleague.org

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

2016 PAS Annual Lecture – 3 November 2016

“Life without Parole”

by Edward Fitzgerald QC

When: Thursday 3rd November 2016, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Drinks will be served during the evening.

Where: Herbert Smith Freehills, 1st Floor Auditorium, Exchange House, Primrose St, London EC2A 2EG.


• The Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) (www.prisonersadvice.org.uk) is an independent registered charity providing free legal advice and information to prisoners in England & Wales on their legal rights and condition of imprisonment.
• Edward Fitzgerald QC  is a Patron of PAS and barrister who specialises in criminal law, public law and international human rights law. He is also a trustee and patron of other charities such as the Death Penalty Project and The Longford Trust.
• Herbert Smith Freehills is a leading global commercial law firm with a strong commitment to corporate responsibility and pro bono support of charities including PAS.

At this event, we will also continue celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year – do join us and raise a glass to our achievements!

RSVP: If you would like to attend this event, please email events@prisonersadvice.org.uk to register your place. Tickets are free. Maximum two tickets per person. Please note that tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis. If you book and subsequently cannot attend, please notify us so we can re-allocate your place.

Donations: If you wish to support the work of PAS, this can be done here.

Thanks: This event is kindly supported by Herbert Smith Freehills. We are most grateful for their generous support.

Next Forum: Learning from Baby P


Former Director of Children’s Services Haringey Sharon Shoesmith discusses her experience of being at the centre of a child abuse scandal and dealing with other children’s services, the media and government

This forum will be chaired by Psychotherapist Karen Rowe

When:  Saturday 12th November, 2016
Time:   Refreshments and registration from 10:30 for prompt 11am start, finishing at 1.15pm

Price:   £10 (concessions for students)

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

Booking is advised saturdayforensicforum@gmail.com

Event: Trauma, Grief and Resilience. What does it mean to be a child in Gaza?


Dr Mohamed Altawil and David Harrold
will be presenting an evening on the work of the
Palestine Trauma Centre

“One person suffering from PTSD in a family affects all the rest: everyone becomes in a state of hyper-vigilance. The sufferer’s symptoms seem bizarre at best, intolerable at worst. Imagine if you have tens, or thousands, of people all living together, who have these kinds of symptoms. Together, it makes for a psychotic society.”

Saturday 17th September, 7.30pm

4 Marty’s Yard, 17 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1QW
0300 123 1708  office@philadelphia-association.org.uk