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.

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Kita, E. Potential and Possibility: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Social Change with Incarcerated Patients. Clin Soc Work J 39, 9–17 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-010-0268-3

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Keywords

  • Prison
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Bourdieu
  • Social change