This person is responsible for the performance of diagnostic, therapeutic, research, educational and evaluations pertinent to psychological services. The Psychologist plans, organizes, participates and provides professional expertise for unit counseling programs. This function includes the assessment of inmate psychological needs and the design of corresponding programs to meet specific needs. You may request an appointment with a psychologist by submitting a Request to Staff Member form. A Psychologist is also available to inmates at open house Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., or on emergency basis, by request from staff.
Suicide Prevention Program
The suicide prevention program is coordinated by Psychology Services. Inmates may volunteer as “Inmate Companions” and receive training in this area. Inmates are encouraged to contact our service if they are experiencing depression and/or hopelessness and desire counseling. Additionally, if you see a peer (another inmate) exhibiting signs of depression, hopelessness, etc., you are encouraged to tell a staff member immediately (see below).
It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and hopelessness while in jail or prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, are serving long sentences, are experiencing family problems or problems getting along with other inmates, or have just received bad news. Sometimes inmates consider committing suicide due to all the losses they have suffered and the pressure they are under. Staff members are trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicide risk and to refer all concerns to the Psychology Department.
However, staff members do not always see what inmates see. If you are personally experiencing any of the problems noted above, or you or another inmate are showing signs of depression, PLEASE tell a staff member today. Depression is seen as sadness, tearfulness, irritability, lack of enjoyment in usual activities, staying away from others, refusing phone calls and / or visits, feeling worthless, being hard on oneself, hopelessness, giving away possessions, and statements like “there is nothing to live for.”
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