Offering group mental health programs in a maximum security correctional facility

Observations, outcomes and recommendations

  • Amar Ghelani CAMH / Laurier University
Keywords: Prison mental health groups, Correctional mental health, Forensic mental health, Forensic social work, Correctional social work, Prison social work

Abstract

In the following article, the author discusses psychoeducational groups offered in a men’s maximum security prison by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Forensic Early Intervention Service (FEIS) in partnership with correctional services staff.  The author shares observations and experiences facilitating mental health programs with clients in custody and explore related challenges, risks and opportunities. Outcomes and feedback from group participants are reviewed and recommendations for others interested in offering similar programs are presented.

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Published
2019-11-28
How to Cite
Ghelani, A. (2019). Offering group mental health programs in a maximum security correctional facility. International Journal of Risk and Recovery. https://doi.org/10.15173/ijrr.v3i1.4030
Section
Letter to the Editor