Naomi Murphy and David Jones are vastly experienced in bringing creative working to prisons and forensic settings. Here they interview experts across a range of disciplines to discover what does make a difference in fostering resilience and creativity in those who have been locked up for the things they have done and those who look after them.
Crime and addictions. Ray Bishop describes his pathway through treatment to being a successful businessman and author.
David first met Ray Bishop when he came to HMP Grendon in 2003. He did well there and moved on towards release. It was not an easy path and Ray's tendency towards self destructive and addictive behaviour caused him to seek support and treatment several more times. Ray is the author of Outlaw a book based upon his experiences growing up in a council estate in South East London. Ray tells all of his early days of petty crime. Being despatched to notoriously violent youth-detention centres where he was further criminalized he graduated with flying colours to a career in London's underworld as an armed robber, a drug smuggler and a people trafficker, developing a serious addiction to cocaine and heroin along the way.
But Ray's is also story of redemption, of coming back from rock bottom and learning lessons the hard back. Enrolling in a rigorous rehabilitation programme, Ray turned his life around. He went on to realise his childhood dream of becoming British Middleweight Boxing Champion, setting up his own business and advocating for others along the way.
A career creating rehabilitative cultures. Psychotherapist Mary Hayley talks about how she finally got to Grendon.
Mary Haley was until very recently Head of Psychotherapy at HMP Grendon the only fully therapeutic prison in the UK and which incidentally celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2022. She is now Head of Training and Development also at Grendon.
We are very pleased to be talking with Mary because she has had an unusual career pathway working in different roles within the prison service. These roles include prison officer, governor, inreach psychotherapist and wing therapist on a therapeutic community.
Professor Paul Gately talks about the emotional cost of the obesity epidemic.
Paul Gately is Director of MoreLife and a Professor of Exercise and Obesity at Leeds Beckett University, he is the Co-Director of the Obesity Institute at Leeds Beckett University. Paul was the Principle Investigator on Public Health England’s Whole Systems Approach to Obesity and he is the Co-director of the Centre for Applied Obesity Research. His primary research interest is child and adult obesity treatment strategies but also the wider determinants of obesity. Paul has delivered over 600 presentations and scientific publications, as well as numerous policy documents on obesity treatment, whole systems approaches to obesity and physical activity promotion.
Dave Harris talks about boxing, the risk of dementia and his determination to open a specialist residential home.
Dave Harris is a former amateur boxer as well as having worked as a trainer, manager and promoter of boxers. He is founder of the British Boxing Hall of Fame and also founded the Ringside Trust which is a charity aspiring to create a residential home for former boxers. He also worked for many years in the social services sector managing residential homes.
Ally Fogg. How do we think about men, and women the relationships between them and their social context?
This conversation is with writer, journalist, and co-founder of the men's men and boys coalition Ally Fogg. Ally is used to writing for national press. So is someone who has well thought out arguments around many issues that relate to men and boys.
Ally Fogg is a writer and journalist who has written extensively on men and boys’ issues for the Guardian and many other national and international media outlets. His work has always closely involved social and political activism, with many years in the not-for-profit and charitable sectors, including periods as staff writer for Big Issue in the North and developing community media in disadvantaged inner city areas. He lives in Manchester with two sons, two dogs, two cats and two guitars. Ally is a co-founder and Trustee of the Men and Boys Coalition.
Boundary breaking and boundary keeping. We know it matters but how do we do it. Laura Hamilton describes the boundary seesaw
Laura has such great clinical and academic experience that we could have talked with her about many things but in this episode we focus on how her thinking on boundaries developed as she worked in the challenging setting of a new personality disorder unit.
Laura Hamilton is a Registered and Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Senior Lecturer. Working in forensic practice for 20 years, she has specialised in the assessment and treatment of trauma and personality disorder with individuals who have convictions. She is an innovative practitioner often working at the cutting edge of clinical practice and seeking new ways of enhancing forensic interventions. She conducted the first trials of Radically Open- Dialectical Behavioural (RODBT) Therapy with forensic service users and was part of the development team which trialled Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). Laura is trained in a range of treatment modalities, including CAT, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, RODBT, EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. As an academic she developed postgraduate courses for forensic psychologists in-training, and delivers specialist teaching, supervision and workshops on a range of applied clinical forensic issues. Her research interests are in applied boundary studies, overcontrol and trauma.