[Music playing] Hey, everyone. Thank you for stopping by my channel. My name is Heather and I am really excited actually to bring this topic to you today. I’m going to be discussing working in prisons as a female psychologist. [Background noise] I know that prison is [Background noise] sort of a… [Cat meows] Pardon my…pardon my cat. I know that prison is a hot topic in society today [Cat meows] Yes, baby? So… sorry. So I worked in multiple prisons and it was actually in the beginning of my doctoral career that I worked at my first prison. It was my second year of my doctoral program. Working in a prison is like stepping into another world. There’s a completely different culture There are completely different terms that we use and It very much is its own small like world or civilization in and of itself, and I think that’s important for people to know. All sorts of personalities are part of the staff and part of the inmates, so that’s important to remember. Not everyone is meant or built to work in a prison. It is, I think, you will realize that when you first step in. It can be challenging, which is one of the reasons why I like it.
Having worked in multiple prisons as I said in my initial video both federal and state there are a couple of things that I like to keep in the back of my mind Which I think is important for anybody to know when working in a prison. One, inmates are human beings. Regardless of what you’ve done, the court has sentenced you to X amount of time, and my job, or anybody’s job, in a prison is not to punish. We are there to… Personally, for me, I’m there to rehabilitate. Another thing that is important to keep in mind is that society and people in society, myself included…. We are all just a couple of bad decisions away from being in prison, and… should that occur we would expect or hope that we wouldn’t be treated differently because we got in trouble. Now, I’m not excusing anything…any of the crimes that the offenders that I come into contact – or any offenders – I’m not excusing what they’ve done, but it’s not my job, it’s not my responsibility to judge. They’re there. They’re serving their time there They are being punished. So I’d like to just jump right into what it’s like being a psychologist – a female psychologist – in a male prison.
And I’ve actually taken some notes about what we are going to discuss and so Pardon me for looking down, I think I have a little bit of a habit of doing that um, Maintaining eye contact can be a little bit intimidating I think that when any of us goes to the doctor, especially a psychologist, we’re a little bit anxious and so… this is just my style, so whatever. Anyway, as a female psychologist, I’ve actually…it’s kind of interesting… I’ve primarily worked with males male offenders and… I’ve worked with female offenders briefly, like maybe for a couple of days in training, but yeah. I’ve only worked with the males I would say um and there’s some… Since I’ve not worked with women or females, which happens to be the fastest growing prison population in the United States They do… the female population prison population… absolutely needs more psychologists, and psychologists that actually understand what they’re going through. [Music playing]