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<b>CDs Bring Relaxation & Peace to Men in Prison </b>

06 Jun
CDs Bring Relaxation & Peace to Men in Prison

A clinical social worker tells of the value of guided imagery for mentally ill prisoners who are incarcerated in prison...
I am a clinical social worker working with two populations, and I would like to share some of my successes (and ask for a favor, too!).

The first population is in a men''s prison in a residential treatment program for individuals with mental illness and behavioral challenges. In two of my treatment groups, I have been using your tapes and CD''s brought from home.

They have been very well received. About 50% of the men find that they are much more relaxed and peaceful, at least for some time, after just one session of listening.

Recently, I have started using the imagery during individual sessions for men who want extra listening time. Now, if I could just get the imagery piped over the intercom!

Anyway, I am wondering if there might be some way to have some tapes donated to our unit or if you folks might know of an organization that might be interested in helping us. Time and rooms for group treatment are at a premium because the environment is very structured. Our budget here in Michigan is being cut below the bone, and it''s difficult to get treatment materials, given the financial challenges in corrections.

Also, in my volunteer position as group co-facilitator for bereaved parents and survivors of suicide, I have offered your "Grief" imagery on at least 3 occasions. Just last week I offered it again and it especially touched a very dear member. She reflected that the imagery had changed for her since the first time she heard it. Last fall, when she listened, she saw butterflies flying all around in her special place. Last week she saw her daughter''s face in the butterflies. She said that she felt confident that it was a message from her daughter, telling her she was all right. Sadly, her beautiful daughter took her life on her third attempt, while dealing with the aftermath of a breast cancer diagnosis. This past year has been full of unspeakable grief and longing for this woman, and I thank you for helping alleviate her suffering.

I also want to extend my gratitude and thanks to healthjourneys for your commitment to wellness and healing. Your have touched many lives and added a richness in mine that I can share with others. God Bless You all.

Jan McD.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award