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.
The counselling in Prisons Network is a Partner Organisation in The WHO
Partnership for health in the criminal justice system
sharing publications, good practice guidelines, and other prison health
Promoting Excellence :Working Therapeutically in the Criminal Justice System – 11th Annual International Conference Counselling in Prisons Network
Wednesday, 4th July 2018 to Thursday,5th July 2018
Held at Durham University
Booking is now open. Book online at
Peter Jones: RMN MA FBACP FHEA FRSA
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
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.