If Orange Really Was The New Black: Examining Trends Seen Across The Incarcerated Women Population | 105369
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International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience
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If orange really was the new black: Examining trends seen across the incarcerated women population

5th International Conference on Mental Health and Human Resilience

Breanna Lynn and Brittney Montgomery

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA

ScientificTracks Abstracts: Int J Emerg Ment Health

DOI: 10.4172/1522-4821-C1-026

Research indicates that the population of women who are incarcerated is increasing exponentially. Over-crowding in the prison system becoming a more common occurrence, access to appropriate mental health services continue to be scarce. Due to society typically envisioning the male population when discussing individuals who are incarcerated there is far less consideration for the needs of women who are incarcerated. The mental health needs and resources for this special population often go underestimated and underserved. Incarcerated women bring about special challenges such as attachment as it relates to motherhood, increased prevalence of specific mental health diagnosis, and different needs to reduce recidivism. By examining the data, needs, and current resources for incarcerated women clinicians will able to develop a diverse perspective on how to more effectively treat and serve this specialized population. Research supports the Risk-Need-Responsivity model as an effective approach to treatment when working with criminal behavior. By illuminating the unique and specific needs of women in prison the ability to improve quality of care during and incarceration and success after release.

Breanna Lynn is completing her Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She currently holds a MA in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She began her career working at the state psychiatric hospital in Nevada. Her time in Nevada was also spent doing program development for Nevada Senior Center; a non-profit organization specializing in geriatric care. Currently she is certified by the California Sex Offender Management Board as an Apprentice Treatment Provider. She also works as a forensic report writer, completing reports in both the civil and criminal field of forensic psychology. She hopes to continue her work with the sex offender population. Brittney Montgomery is going into her second year of the Clinical Forensic Psychology Doctoral Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She is a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society and a member of the Chicago School Student Association. She is currently focusing on her education and will be working at the Lost Angeles Mission this fall. She hopes to work for the court system, correctional system, and/or law enforcement in the roles of assessment and recidivisms reduction.

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