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Group Therapy at a Prison for Women: A Therapist's Perspective
Smith College Studies in Social Work
  • Marian S. Harris, University of Washington Tacoma
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A wide range of issues are explored that are identified by incarcerated mothers during their participation in a Family Reunification Group at a prison for women. They include concerns regarding parent–child visits; lack of communication by child welfare social workers, attorneys, foster parents, and other caregivers; the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA); lack of finances; past and present unresolved trauma issues; and the absence of notification of scheduled court hearings. This article also provides an in-depth look at how a group therapist established a therapeutic alliance with varied women in the group over a period of 5 years (2008–2013) and maintained a sense of professional self in this controlled setting. Finally, the implications for clinical social work practice and social work education are presented. Confidentiality is ensured with the use of de-identified case composite clinical material.
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Marian S. Harris. "Group Therapy at a Prison for Women: A Therapist's Perspective" Smith College Studies in Social Work Vol. 84 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 40 - 54
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