Brain Science and The Law: From the Brain Culture: Neuroscience and Society series on Radio 4
Matthew Taylor asks if the ability to scan brains will transform our system of criminal justice. He meets the doctor who operated on a paedophile’s brain and seemingly “cured” him. He explores how studies of the brains of criminal psychopaths are changing our understanding of whether anti-social behaviour is “hard-wired” in the brain. These ideas raise the controversial question of a new legal edefence “my brain made me do it.” Should this be accepted in court? These studies have also inspired pioneering work with young children tackling brain-based bad behaviour, with remarkable new techniques. Matthew also explores the frontiers of a transformative, but potentially frightening, new technology: the brain scanner in the courtroom. He looks at how scans have been used to test memories and evidence in courts so far – including in a case of murder. Producer Mukul Devichand. Broadcast 2011. 30 minutes
Attending Juliet’s Group: The Slippery Slope Group: A New Participant’s Experience
I really did not know what to expect as I pulled into the car park outside the hall for my first ‘Slippery Slope’ therapeutic group session with Juliet Grayson, Chair of STOPSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending). How many people would be in the group? Why were they there? What would the ‘structure’ (what they call a client session) be like and how would I cope? Would I be accepted or rejected by my fellow group members? Since the police had called on me a few weeks before I had been on a rollercoaster, learning the true meaning of the terms ‘acceptance’ and ‘rejection’ – and how painful the latter can be. So many questions and I was admittedly more scared than curious. But I took a deep breath and walked in. Click here to read
A letter: Someone contacted me who uses child sex dolls. He shares his thoughts and experience of this.
As requested, I am writing down my experiences as a doll collector. You’ll notice that I try to give my insights, as well as the facts, and to explain why I do this. Let me say, that Albert Issendorf isn’t my real name. I’ll start with thoughts on beauty, and then paedophilia. Click here to read.
An Insider’s View: What happened in the prison SOTP groups I undertook and how the “Hot Seat” caused stress and fear
Someone who was imprisoned for a sexual offence has anonymously written up his experience of SOTP groups, and prison. He also, at the end, talks about the different experience he has had from one-to-one therapy. It is a powerful, and shocking, read. Click here to read
An Article: The Therapist Who Treats Paedophiles and the Compassion She Feels:
About Juliet Grayson click here to read it.
Back to the Root: Healing Potential Sexual Offenders’ Childhood Trauma with Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor
by Juliet Grayson. This chapter was originally published in a book called Sexual Diversity and Sexual Offending: Research, Assessment and Clinical Treatment, edited by Glyn Hudson Allez, published by Karnac in 2014, pp51-274, and is reproduced with the kind permission of Karnac Books. This is the method that Juliet uses with the Slippery Slope group in South Wales
Click here to read the chapter: Back to the Root: Healing Potential Sexual Offenders’ Childhood Trauma with Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor
Working With People Who Commit Sexual Offences and Their Families
by Juliet Grayson: published in The Psychotherapist, Issue 60 Summer 2015 pp11-12
Know Your Law Quiz:
about Working with Sex Offenders, for therapists. Volume 26 Issue 5 June 2015 Page 10-14
Letter to the Psychologist. A letter written by Juliet Grayson,
published in the Psychologist, clarifying the current legal position for a therapist working in private practice (and in the NHS) around issues of mandatory reporting and the law about reporting a client who has committed a sexual offence. The Psychologist: Issue 28.3, March 2015
Click here to read the letter in The Psychologist
Press release from StopSO: Date July 13th 2015 After PM interview
Date: 14 January 2015 Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, gave money to subsidise StopSO (to provide specialist training for therapists and to subsidise therapy for sex offenders who cannot afford to pay for themselves), said: “Since being elected into office I have focussed strongly on working with numerous partners in the community such as StopSO on tackling crime and its root causes. Projects such as this one, which have rehabilitative qualities at their core, play a vital role in supporting offenders to break free from the cycle of reoffending. It’s important to note that every £1 invested in interventions saves £33 in tackling crime overall and these partnerships and initiatives which I fund and support assist me in developing approaches which ensure people in Gwent are less affected by crime.”
Date: 8th December 2014 Press Release