School of Psychology

Is punishment the answer?

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 15:00 to 16:00


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A quantitative study examining single and repeat incidents of assault by male offenders within a custodial setting.

Violence within the custodial setting is increasing in frequency and severity with a number of staff and prisoners falling victim to assaults. The study aimed to examine the role of punishment within this setting, specifically examining the difference between single and repeat perpetrators of assault. Aspects of the deterrence theory were considered, particularly the imminence and severity of punishment. The seminar will focus on the research findings and implications for practice.

Louise Carter
Public Sector Prisons Psychology Service

Louise joined the prison service in 2005 as a psychological assistant. For five years she delivered on the offending behaviour programmes Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS) and Controlling your Anger and Learning to Manage it (CALM).  Following a period as Deputy then Treatment Manager of the CALM programme Louise was successful in gaining a position as a Forensic Psychologist in Training in 2010. She continued her involvement in the delivery and supervision of accredited offending behaviour programmes such as RESOLVE, the Self Change Programme (SCP) and the Healthy Relationships Programme (HRP). In addition, Louise has undertaken risk assessments for the parole board, contributed to sentence planning meetings and supported the residential teams when faced with refractory and challenging prisoners.

In 2014 Louise started her qualification to become a chartered psychologist and is currently waiting for her final results. Louise has a special interest in safer custody and violence reduction and in March 2017 successfully achieved the position as regional psychology point of contact for safer custody and violence reduction. Within this position Louise contributes to the national strategy for this area and is involved in reviewing the contribution that psychological services make during this challenging time in the prison service.

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