Potential and Possibility: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Social Change with Incarcerated Patients
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In the present paper, Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power is used to illustrate how the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy in a prison-based mental health treatment program constitutes both a psychological and sociological intervention, congruent with clinical needs of this particular population. The author draws from psychodynamic theory, Bourdieu’s framework and her experience as a clinical social worker with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
KeywordsPrison Psychotherapy Psychodynamic Bourdieu Social change
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