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In Conflict and Custody
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In Conflict and Custody
Therapeutic Counselling for Women

  • Rani Dhavan Shankardass - Secretary General, Penal Reform and Justice Association, Gurgaon, India and President, Penal Reform International, London, UK

April 2012 | 324 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Myriads of unhappy women feel overwhelmed by formal legal processes and a criminal justice system they believe to be ridden with gender and other biases. Personal crises, whether in their captive lives or in correctional institutions, leave women facing dead ends and crossroads that cause lasting visible and invisible damage to body and mind if not addressed. They need help that is professional without being intimidating. In Conflict and Custody recommends fine-tuned agenda-free professional counseling as the most constructive method of addressing the mental health issues of women in two problematic contexts in the Indian society—conflict and custody.

The book imparts theoretical and practical guidance for trainers and would-be counselors to equip them for therapeutic counseling of women faced with a range of personal, social, and legal problems. It demonstrates how professionally conducted therapeutic intervention can be the most empathetic way of enabling and empowering distressed women to take charge of their lives.

 
Preface
Introductory Insights  
Theoretical and Experiential Fundamentals Relating to Women and Mental Health  
Definitions, Aims and Approaches  
Structuring and Getting Started  
Conflict Resolution and Mediation  
Women in Prisons  
Selecting and Training Counsellors  
 
Conclusion
 
Annexures
 
References
 
Index

Rani Dhavan Shankardass has given a wonderfully practical treatise on women counselling in all its facets… The author’s efforts in this field are commendable indeed and the book gives a hands-on, systematic review and practice of such areas related to women…. the strength of the book lies in its simplicity and its many easy, proven methods and therapeutic interventions conducted in the most empathetic manner to enable and empower distressed women to take charge of their lives.

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