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Psychology Department


The 6 main focuses of work of the psychological service are prevention, mentoring, rehabilitation,post-release monitoring, researches and team work.


Group/Individual work:

1. Against the abuse of medications in prison

2. To decrease the symptoms related to sleep disturbances

3. To promote verbalization and expression with torture victims

4. In order to reduce negative thoughts and depressive dysfunctional patterns

5. Improve the quality of life


I. Individual

1. Psychological evaluation

2. Therapeutic individual follow-up

3. Cognitive behavioral therapies

4. Psychodynamic therapies

5. Supportive therapies

6. Counseling

II. In group

1. Support groups

2. Psychological and educational groups: emotional education, personal development

  III. In family

1. Breaking the news of the incarceration to the children

2. Communication parents/children

3. How to avoid dysfunctions and stress

4. Development of support networks

5. Work with the wives of prisoners (support, autonomy, decision making and family leading)

6. Work with the parents of drug addicts:

Familiarization with the problem of drug addiction

Interpersonal communication

Situation and family setting

Prevention of triggering factors in order to avoid relapses

    IV Emergency interventions

The psychological service intervenes first and foremost in risky situations such as:

1. Suicide threats

2. Depressive states

3. Hunger strikes

4. Self-harming behaviors

5. Risky individual and group situations

6. Mental illnesses


The work at the rehabilitation centre includes:

1. A psychological evaluation

2. Rehabilitation groups

3. Individual therapies

4. Discussion groups

5. Psychological and educational groups

6. Family counseling

Post-release monitoring

Before the release from prison, the psychological service helps for the preparation of the prisoner through psychological and social work conducted with the families and through helping the individual in question when it comes to career guidance and personal development (decision making, anticipation, planning…).

After the release from prison, the ex-detainee can benefit from an individual follow-up, group therapies and rehabilitation programs.

Team work

The psychological service organizes trainings to assist the teams working in prison with several issues:

1. Managing stress and burn out

2. Attentive listening, neutrality and empathy

3. Psychotropics

4. Addiction: drug types, substitution treatments

5. Somatic complaints and somatisation

Moreover, it organizes the coordination and the communication with the judicial system (monitoring protocol, expertise) of the medical centre and the ISF.

The service handles as well the guidance of patients.


The psychological service regularly publishes case studies, quantitative data and comparative studies which you can find in our “publications” section.