Coaching behind bars : facing challenges and creating hope by Clare McGregor

By Clare McGregor

So much people's notion of training is that it's a excessive price carrier for hugely paid executives or managers. yet what in the event you provided it to a few of the main marginalized humans in our society- girls in legal?

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I took a deep breath as I looked back into Alex’s eyes. The eyes of someone who had no hope at all. Months later I was showing some new coaches around the wing when I randomly chose a cell to ask if we could have a look inside and saw it belonged to Alex. She invited us in and happily answered the others’ questions about what life was like in the prison. After a while I asked how she was, now someone else had coached her. ’ I smiled in delight and astonishment and if Alex were the hugging type she would have got a bear hug.

The only time I felt sick with terror at Styal was the day I arrived as an ambulance sped away. ’ Suicide is an ever-present spectre. Illness, intertwined with fear, mental pain, guilt or soul-destroying remorse, can be fatal. Six The pain 37 women died in Styal in 2003/4 and in just one day six people were ‘cut down’ 27 times between them after attempts to hang themselves. A coach, who was suitably qualified, offered counselling rather than a coaching session when her client’s next-door neighbour had tried to commit suicide that morning: she ‘was very angry and upset, her feelings exacerbated by previous experiences of suicide, including one where she was involved in cutting down a friend who had hanged herself [and who had died]’.

If a woman is a long way off leaving it may 30 COACHING BEHIND BARS be hard to connect with the issues she will face outside, so we can switch to three monthly sessions and consider follow-up thereafter. It is totally up to the client and her coach. Options: how to build your rocket As coach and client explore the reality, the options, opportunities and/ or obstructions appear. This enlightening phase reveals barriers I never dreamt existed. In turn, clients come up with solutions they never knew possible, sometimes as soon as they articulate the problem, sometimes a lot later.

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