Psychology Services is comprised of one psychologist, one Drug Abuse Program Coordinator, and seven drug treatment specialists.
Psychology Services offers individual therapy, group therapy, personal adjustment courses as well as participation in the drug abuse education class and Comprehensive Drug Abuse Treatment Program. Nonresidential drug counseling is available both individually and in groups.
Confidentiality is maintained in all your contacts with Psychology Services.
The Chief Psychologist’s Office is located in the Custody/Medical building on the northeast corner. The Chief Psychologist maintains an open door policy.
The offices of the Drug Abuse Program Coordinator and Drug Treatment Specialists are located within the DAP Office section of Birmingham Unit. The Drug Abuse Treatment Program staff have office hours from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on normal work days. Birmingham Unit is the residence unit for the institution’s Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), an intensive cognitive-behavioral treatment program that assists inmates in beginning their journey on the road to sustained recovery from addictive substances. A modified therapeutic community approach is employed in this setting, meaning that all residents of Birmingham Unit work collectively to support each other in achieving recovery and challenging criminal thoughts and behavior. Only inmates who are on the wait list for RDAP, are participants, or have completed RDAP may reside in Birmingham Unit
If an emergency occurs and there is no psychologist on duty, report to the unit officer or the lieutenant on duty and request to see the psychologist. The psychologist will be contacted under these circumstances during duty or non-duty hours. A written Inmate Request To A Staff form is the best way to contact a psychologist on all non-emergency occasions.
It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and hopelessness while in jail or prison, particularly 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 suicide, and are trained to refer all concerns to the Psychology Department.
However, staff 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 (sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities), withdrawal (staying away from others, reducing phone calls and/or visits), or hopelessness (giving away possessions, stating that “there is nothing to live for”), PLEASE alert a staff member right away. Your input can save a life.
FPC Montgomery is a tobacco-free facility. The Psychology Department recognizes inmates arriving at this facility who are accustomed to smoking or using chewing tobacco may experience difficulty with the abrupt discontinuation of these products. The Psychology Department offers a Smoking Cessation Program which emphasizes healthy living, including nutrition, exercise, and stress management.
Smoking Cessation classes are conducted in groups of no fewer than four individuals, during the work day, in two-hour sessions on a weekly basis for six weeks. Inmates interested in participating should submit an Inmate Request to Staff form to the Residential Drug Abuse Program Coordinator.
Nicotine replacement patches are available for purchase through the institution commissary once an inmate has been cleared by Health Services to receive this intervention. For information about nicotine replacement therapy, please submit an Inmate Request to Staff form to the Health Services Department. For all other information about smoking cessation, please submit an Inmate Request to Staff form to the Psychology Department.