Abstract: In this talk Gwen will take up themes from her recent book The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion, and explore the problem of being antisocial and its relevance for offending. She then explores what it might mean to become prosocial, and how groups might help with this process. She discusses group work with offenders, including her own experience of conducting groups with violence perpetrators. She also explores the challenges of running such groups.

Gwen Adshead’s first book for general readers, The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion, (co-authored with Eileen Horne) was published in 2021 and will come out in paperback in June 2022.
The Devil You Know was BBC Radio 4’s book of the week in June 2021 and one of the Sunday Times’ book of the year recommendations.
Gwen has appeared regularly on Radio 4 and is consultant for a drama serial about a forensic psychiatrist called ‘this thing of Darkness’ for BBC Scotland.

Gwen is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She has worked in forensic psychiatry for over 25 years, mainly providing psychodynamic psychotherapy to violent offenders in secure psychiatric hospitals and prisons.

She qualified as a member of the Institute of Group Analysis in 2000, and is also trained in mentalisation based therapy and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. Gwen is the editor and/or author of a number of academic papers, book chapters and textbooks; including the Oxford Handbook of medical psychotherapy and the Oxford handbook of forensic psychiatry. Also, Clinical Topics in Personality Disorder; Personality Disorder: The Definitive Reader; A Matter of Security; The Application of Attachment Theory to Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and The Approved Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Psychiatry and Medication.

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