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VOICES OF VIOLENCE SERIES (2 Programs)
Effective therapy with criminals has the power to significantly reduce violence in our communities, yet forensic populations can be volatile and especially intimidating to work with. These videos provide deep insights into one of society's most intractable issues, and in opposition to the punitive approach to violence prevention, make a compelling case for treating violent offenders with human dignity and responding to violence with psychological treatment and education. It will likewise challenge the viewer to see the humanity within violent individuals and inspire new ways to think about how to reduce violence in our communities. Two 59-minute programs:
THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE
In this program ten experts elucidate the root causes of violent behavior. They offer a probing look into the unsettling childhood experiences of violent offenders, examining the disturbed parent-child attachment styles, destructive thought processes, and distorted social perceptions that underlie violence. In addition to the expert commentary, riveting interviews with both incarcerated and rehabilitated offenders offer direct insight into the thinking that led to violent crimes.
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT OF VIOLENT INDIVIDUALS
Part Two examines the critical components of effective treatment programs for violent individuals by focusing on prison programs in California and the U.K. Beyond the creation of an environment of safety and respect, these therapists confront the patriarchal beliefs, social misperceptions, and destructive thoughts that precipitate violent responses to real or perceived threats.
Vignettes of actual therapy sessions, along with interviews with incarcerated men, display the remarkable insight these individuals can achieve through treatment. Their chilling accounts of violence will challenge the empathy of even seasoned therapists, yet many of their stories are ultimately redemptive, as they learn to make use of their violent pasts by working to prevent violence in their communities. This video demonstrates vividly that conventional assumptions about crime and punishment fail to endure close scrutiny.
*Featured experts include:
Dr. James Gilligan, Dr. Peter Fonagy, Andy Smith, Dr Robert Firestone,
Dr Lisa Firestone, Dr Donald Meichenbaum, Hamish Sinclair, Dr. Peter Bennet,
David Jones, Dr. Felicity de Zulueta