Archive for June, 2011

PRISONER TRAUMA, SOCIETAL IMPACT

June 6, 2011

The American Society of Criminology has accepted my proposal for a presentation on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at their annual conference in November.  My abstract is below.  If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this, I encourage and invite you to get in touch with me.

PTSD:  INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE WALLS  

It took a very long time and a very difficult struggle by Vietnam Veterans to get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) recognized as a serious and debilitating disorder. Eventually it was acknowledged that people suffering from other kinds of trauma and abuse – physical, emotional, sexual – could also display symptoms of PTSD. Only relatively recently are mental health professionals beginning to realize that incarceration and the variety of forms of institutional abuse that occurs within the prison setting can lead to someone suffering from PTSD. The purpose of this paper is to explore further the connection between PTSD and institutional as well as post-release behavior. A variety of recommendations for the treatment needs of those with PTSD along with policy considerations will be presented.

 

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