Back to my favourite subject…
Since it was revealed by the government that the SOPT had been a complete failure (see blog: 1O3), the psychology department department here appears to be having some problems..
Firstly, the head of psychology is leaving; no idea why but it seems a little coincidental; sinking ship! Then, some of the psychologists have revealed that funding for the Thinking Skills Programme (TSP) is being withdrawn.
I’ve done this course: oh, my word, where to begin. I’ll sum it up in two words: patronising and pointless. TSP was another one of their flagship courses. If it was yielding results, why withdraw the funds?
Finally, it was revealed by a governor that the government are going to be restructuring prison psychology. Whilst I wasn’t present at that particular meeting with prisoners, the words relayed to me were that psychology were going to be “removed from prisons over the next 2 or 3 years”; a whole new approach is being developed. Time will tell whether that ‘new approach’ will end up being the disasterous white elephant that prison psychology has become.
Be happy, be safe.
Graham Coutts, 4th February 2018