Supporting people with unusual beliefs in forensic settings

June 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Amnesty International UK
25 New Inn Yard
Mind in Camden
020 7911 0822

You may already be aware of the Hearing Voices Group approach, but working with people with beliefs or paranoia can sometimes feel a step further.

To talk to people about their beliefs may bring up anxiety in us – should I challenge them or should I listen? If I don’t challenge, will this be ‘collusion’? In a forensic setting, this might also carry additional weight, because of concerns around ‘risk’.

In this training, we will explore:

  • Understanding and reframing paranoia and beliefs
  • Ways to cope with distressing beliefs
  • Safe ways of talking about distressing beliefs
  • Our personal reactions to people with strong beliefs, and how this can impact on our work with them
  • Reflection on risk and on the challenges of creating and maintaining peer support groups in these settings

This workshop is free for those who work in an Immigration Removal Centre, Prison or Forensic Unit (medium-high secure). We welcome enquiries from staff in all roles inclusive of officers and safer custody departments, mental health and healthcare teams.

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