Psychological and medical applications of certain innovative therapies in correctional settings: Clinician, staff, and client observations from three institutions

doi 10.9769/EPJ.2019.11.1.JH

John Hartung, University of Colorado, USA
Norma Alicia Leal Morales, Monterrey, Mexico


Three field studies are described in which Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and similar innovative therapies were used to treat residents of different correctional settings. Clients in a juvenile residential facility, an adult community corrections center, and an adult county jail were treated for psychological and medical complaints. The authors summarize how the practices were adapted to specific settings, how challenges were approached, and what staff and clients said about the programs. Though the sites and applications differed, some common findings and recommendations for future research are noted.

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