WELCOME To Counselling In PRISONS Network

The Counselling in Prisons Network was founded in 2007 primarily to provide a professional home for counsellors and therapists working in the criminal justice system. The key focus is to pool expertise, share best practice and provide an evidence base for therapeutic practice in the criminal justice system.

Message from our patron

The counselling in Prisons Network is a Partner Organisation in The WHO
Partnership for health in the criminal justice system
(http://www.euro.who.int/prisons). The platform is used as a tool for
sharing publications, good practice guidelines, and other prison health
related information,

Our Work


To pool expertise and best practice, to identify research agendas and develop excellence in working with offenders, with a view to pushing back the boundaries.

Aims of Group

To develop and agree best practice for the engagement, management and treatment of female and male offenders who are resident in the custodial setting.

Objectives of Group

To pool expertise; share knowledge through networking, conferences and a virtual learning site. To conduct relevant research in order to inform practice and development.


Promoting Excellence :Working  Therapeutically in the Criminal Justice System – 13th Annual International Conference Counselling in Prisons Network

Details to follow shortly


Tammi Walker
Programme Director for MSc
Tammi is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University. She Read More
Michael Brookes
Professor of Forensic Psychology
Professor Michael Brookes OBE is the MSc Forensic Psychology Programme Director at Birmingham City University. He was Read More
Kate Brooke
I currently work as an Anglican chaplain in a men’s prison in the North East of England. Read More
Counsellor/Supervisor with Cruse Bereavement in COMMUNITY
Trustee n.i counselling in prison network counselling in prison network since 2010 Counsellor/Supervisor with Cruse Bereavement in Read More



Chair Counselling in Prisons Network

Peter has an extensive background in mental health, and has undertaken training as a counsellor, graduating with a Diploma in Counselling in 1997 and obtaining a MA in Counselling in 1999 from Ripon and York St John. He is a recognised national leader in working with victims of sexual violence and trauma who disclose this both within the custodial setting and mental health arena, and he has presented his work at a number of national and international conferences. He has developed models of practice and pioneered work in this area both within and outside the custodial setting over the last 10 years. It is through this work that he has been challenged to explore more deeply the nature of regimes and their relationship to the patient and the healthcare worker and their impact on health. He has published a number of articles and books in this field. His published books in the field of working therapeutically in the criminal justice system include

 Interventions In the criminal justice system. A handbook for counsellors and therapists working in the criminal Justice system Volume 1

 Interventions In the criminal justice system. A handbook for counsellors and therapists working in the criminal Justice system Volume 2

 Male sexual abuse and trauma training : A manual , DVD and CD Rom

Peter was awarded a BACP Fellowship in 2009 in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the development of BACP and to Counselling/ psychotherapy in general. Peter chairs a specialist interest group within the World Health Organisation in relation to Sexual Violence and Trauma within custodial settings. He also chairs and leads the Well- Being in Prisons Network within Higher Education founded in 2010 in partnership with the Mental Health in Higher Education Network. His hobbies include attending his local gym, eating out and walking through the Purbecks. Peter is also a keen supporter of Liverpool FC.

Peter was elected a Fellow of the Royal society of Arts in 2013.

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