Psychotherapy Behind Bars: The Good, Bad, and Helpful!
Length: 32 minutes
Martin Cosgro, PhD
Though prison is an unconventional setting to conduct in-depth psychotherapy, it contains a rich mixture of positive and negative elements that can lead to significant change for inmates who are willing to work hard and clinicians who are willing to reach out to them. This presentation highlights the wide range of positive and negative elements that impact in-depth psychotherapy and how they came together in a successful psychotherapy case. Attendees will learn what kind of psychotherapeutic work is possible a non-traditional setting like a prison, and that seemingly negative factors can be an opportunity for the work to deepen if both therapist and inmate are aware of the fertile environment they share.