DCPC Team, Huddersfield England, International Coalition of Children With Incarcerated Parents Conference

 

On August 10, 2019, Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson and colleagues traveled to the United Kingdom to present preliminary research findings for a project affectionately known as the “Storybook Research Project.” The purpose of the qualitative study was to understand how parents and caregivers communicate with their minor children (under 10 years old) about parental incarceration. Further, the research team wanted to understand how these guardians of children with incarcerated parents perceived the use of storybooks as a creative intervention.

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Mr. Philip Fornaci, Esq.

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When a loved one goes to prison the family can experience multiple periods of crisis. Financial setbacks, overwhelming fear, and anxiety may become the norm. To affected individuals, family life may not ever be the same.  According to Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson, some families experience "Symbolic Imprisonment" ®2015, which that can entail self-punishment, withdrawal, guilt, shame, grief, and social isolation; thereby causing the affected individual(s) to refrain from normal activities. Children are especially vulnerable to separation and loss. Their grief can be perpetual and prolonged similar to mourning a death of a loved one.  

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