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In prison, Brian is expecting an intense therapy program

Can give rise to a prisoner in a therapy session under the impression that he sees things differently now, he got his aggression out now in the grip? This is possible if the therapist sees his clients more than once per week for an hour and the rest of the everyday life in prison nothing will notice. He can't recognize that the client has transferred his aggression only, and while you're at work or in the evening on the living group living.

It is obvious that in such a case, it is impossible to predict the recidivism risk of an offender to be reliable. At the latest to the particularly pressing issue if the offender is a severely mentally disturbed, highly recidivist offender, was convicted of this by a court to an in-patient therapeutic measure.

Switzerland, the first institution of its kind

For almost exactly ten years within the criminal Pöschwies prison in a two-storey building, which addresses this Problem: In the first Swiss-wide forensic Psychiatric Department (FPA) will be treated in a secure framework of two dozen to criminal offenders with a stationary measure, called a 59-measure.

The basic idea is simple: It is to prevent that from happening, in what was described in the introduction. The 25 people that are currently living in the FPA and the were all sentenced to a stationary measure, apart from the time, while they are included in your single cell under constant observation.

Supervised and Caring life together, together make the time together, eating and cleaning. Occurring problems such as aggression, difficulties with fellow prisoners or emotional stress can be immediately discussed and recognized. It is in this environment, it is no longer possible, a therapist for years, 24 hours a day, non-existing progress to audition.

Bernd Borchard, a forensic psychologist in the office for law enforcement and previously long-time Director of the FPA, is called the "Therapist of the accommodation, everyday life". In other words: The normal, everyday institution within the criminal is specifically used for therapeutic change processes. Experts speak of a systematic milieu - and psychotherapeutic Setting.

How to deal with Brian's propensity for violence?

What is the significance of the therapeutic work, is shown alone in the fact that the obligation to work, the client shall apply for the 59, but is to be made of this work for therapeutic measures free and still be financially compensated, as they would have their obligation to work in the tailoring, gardening or carpentry ?met in full. Borchard: "working time and therapy time, and Vice versa."

it Should remain in the court-arranged stationary measure for Brian, expecting the young man to an intensive therapy program. Before joining the FPA, the 24-Year-old would have to undergo a preparation phase.

At Brian may but still a different Problem: its unpredictability and propensity for violence.

And if he refuses? "We use the time in front of the FPA in order to inform the client about the content of the milieu of therapeutically-oriented measure. We try to trust the therapist, to restore, to motivate the Affected. Our Teams are not so fast, small, and try for many, many months," says Borchard.

Brian could standby but still a different Problem: his unpredictability and violence. "It had to show whether he takes our therapist as the hated representatives of the justice system, or as a problem-solver, to assist him on his way therapeutically." Sure, you had to proceed step by step according to the Maxim: "when In doubt, for safety."

More layoffs than new entries

in the context of a stationary measure of a small custody is spoken, "not even makes us happy," says Borchard. "For us, there are no small storage, but a wide range of therapy services. Kept people see, however, is hardly a therapist."

The Forensic psychologist does away with the idea that a Person with a 59-measure, hardly more of a Chance to be released into the wild. The responsibility of the office of correctional 239 people currently have an in-patient measure. 36 life in the secure part of the Pöschwies.

last year, 31 people took a ' 59-measure. At the same time, left 35 people shot this System. "This development, more redundancies than new, will watch for years," says Borchard.

Created: 08.11.2019, 23:07 PM

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