Design, Development, and Implementation of a Positive Psychology Psycho-Education Curriculum with Remand Prisoners

Woldgabreal, Y, Day, A, Mercer, G, Pharo, H, Sim, C, Beard, F, Hafiz, I, Fuller, G, Wang, X and Grant, E 2018, 'Design, Development, and Implementation of a Positive Psychology Psycho-Education Curriculum with Remand Prisoners', Advancing Corrections Journal, pp. 117-130.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Design, Development, and Implementation of a Positive Psychology Psycho-Education Curriculum with Remand Prisoners
Author(s) Woldgabreal, Y
Day, A
Mercer, G
Pharo, H
Sim, C
Beard, F
Hafiz, I
Fuller, G
Wang, X
Grant, E
Year 2018
Journal name Advancing Corrections Journal
Start page 117
End page 130
Total pages 14
Publisher International Corrections & Prisons Association
Abstract This paper reports the design, development and implementation of an innovative psycho-educational curriculum currently being offered to remand prisoners in South Australia by the Department for Correctional Service (South Australia). The project is noteworthy given that few programs are available to remand prisoners, and the application of positive psychology concepts and methods in a prison setting. The initial stages of program delivery have confirmed that engaging remand prisoners in psycho-education increases individuals openness, motivation and readiness to engage in alternative ways of viewing life events that may increase individuals resilience and problem-solving abilities. This paper highlights that an engagement in psycho-educational curricula in the remand phase may increase the potential for individuals to engage in education and other rehabilitation programs should they subsequently receive a custodial sentence or community-based sanction. Salient questions arise as to whether people released without conviction may benefit from completing psycho-education and reduce further contact with the criminal justice system.
Subject Social and Cultural Anthropology
Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Architecture not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) remand prisoners
positive psychology
psycho-education
prison programs
resilience
gratitude
self-efficacy
optimism
hope
values and goals
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ISSN 2517-9233
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