FCI Edgefield Mental Health of Prisoners

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Psychology Services


Brief Counseling
To receive brief counseling, submit a copout to Psychology Services. Please indicate briefly in the copout what you need to discuss. If you send in a copout requesting to see someone – WATCH THE CALLOUT! You will usually be seen within 1-2 weeks, unless it is an emergency.

Group Treatment

For group treatment submit a copout to Psychology Services.

There are currently waiting lists for these groups so if you are interested you should submit a copout as soon as possible:

  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Drug Education
  • Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment
  • Smoking Cessation

Notices will be posted for other groups as they are getting started

Inmate Companions
Inmates are trained to conduct direct observation on another inmate who is on suicide watch. Inmates receiving initial and annual training from the psychology department. If you are interested in this program, please submita copout to Psychology.

Parole Evaluations
Parole Evaluations will be completed when requesteddirectly from the Parole Board.

Crisis Management
In case of a personal crisis, alert any staff member who will contact psychology.

Evaluations for Referrals
Evaluations for referrals to the contract psychiatrist.

Psychology Staff
Psychology staff are at the institution M-F 7:30 to 4:00.

Psychology Staff at Mainline
A Psychology staff member will almost always be at mainlineto answer questions or take copouts.


Sexually Abusive Behavior Prevention and Intervention


While incarcerated, no one has the right to pressure you to engagein sexual acts. You do not have to tolerate sexually abusive behavior or pressure to engage in unwanted sexual behavior regardless of your age, size, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

According to federal law (Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003) sexually abusive behavior is defined as: the carnal knowledge, oral sodomy, or sexual assault with an object or sexual fondling of a person FORCIBLY or against that person’s will.

Sexual Misconduct (applies to staff) is the use of indecent sexual language, gestures, or sexually oriented visual surveillance for the purpose of sexual gratification.

Note: Sexual acts or contacts between two or more inmates, even when no objections are raised, are prohibited acts, and may be illegal. Sexual acts or contacts between an inmate and a staff member, even when no objections are raised by either party, are always forbidden and illegal.

Your Role in Preventing Sexually Abusive Behavior.
There are things you can do to protect yourself and others against sexually abusive behavior. For example, carry yourself in a confident manner and don’t permit your emotions (fear/anxiety) to be obvious to others. Do not accept gifts or favors from others. Most gifts come with strings attached. Don’t accept an offer from another inmate to be your protector. Find a staff member with whom you feel comfortable discussing your fears and concerns. Always be alert and don’t use contraband substances such as drugs or alcohol. Be direct and firm and never give mixed messages to other inmates regarding your wishes or sexual activity.

Stay in well lit areas of the institution and choose your associates wisely. Finally, trust your instincts. If you sense that a situation may be dangerous, it probably is.

What to do if you are Sexually Assaulted
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you should report it immediately to staff who will offer you protection from the assailant and refer you for a medical examination and clinical assessment. You will continue to receive protection from the assailant, whether or not you have agreed to testify against him. It is important to see medical staff BEFORE you shower, wash, drink, eat, change clothing, or use the bathroom. You also have other means to confidentially report sexual abuse if you are not comfortable talking to staff. You have also been provided a Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Brochure by Psychology Services. Please review this brochure which provides a thorough explanation of the BOP Policy and additional contact information.


Identifying Depression


It is not uncommon for people to experience feelings of hopelessness and depression while in prison, especially if they are newly incarcerated, are serving a long sentence, are experiencing family problems or problems getting along with other inmates, or receive bad news. Sometimes, inmates consider committing suicide due to all of the pressure they are under. Staff are trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicidality, and to refer all concerns to the Psychology Department. However, staff do not always see what inmates see. If you are experiencing any of the problems noted above or you know of any other inmate who is experiencing these problems, PLEASE alert a staff member right away. Your input can save a life.

Signs of Depression

  • Sadness
  • Tearfulness
  • Lack of enjoyment in activities
  • Staying away from others
  • Reducing phone calls/visits
  • Giving away possessions
  • Stating “There is nothing to live for”


What Psychology Services Will Not Do For You


  • Job Changes
  • Room Changes
  • Institution Transfers – except for psychological reason.

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