Drugged and compliant

Earlier this month I interviewed a prisoner who was being prescribed mood stabilisers for his undiagnosed (and non-existent) bipolar disorder. As a prison behaviour management strategy, this made sense. By prescribing medications that blunt a prisoner’s affect and flatten their emotions, prisons are more able to control and manage their inmates. However, often psychotropic drugs Read More

Power Threat Meaning Framework and a trauma-informed Criminal Justice System

Over the last two days I have attended a workshop in Adelaide to learn about the Power Threat Meaning Framework from psychologists Dr Lucy Johnstone and Professor John Cromby. Matt Ball, mental health nurse and Chair of ISPS Australia also spoke about the relevance of life experiences and adverse childhood experiences in psychosis. This workshop reminded Read More