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Employees of the psychological laboratory of SIZO-1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Amur Region introduced into practice the use of intensive short-term psychotherapeutic technologies in working with minors in pre-trial detention.

With the help of metaphorical associative cards, psychologists work with adolescents on intrapersonal and interpersonal problems, for example, relationships with parents, as well as negative emotional states.

Associative metaphorical cards are a set of pictures the size of a playing card or a postcard, depicting people, their interaction, life situations, landscapes, animals, household items, abstract paintings. When working with minors, employees of the psychological laboratory use cards “A Tale Inside You”, which reflect the world of childhood, full of miracles and adventures. All drawings were created by art therapist and artist Yulia Volovikova. Cards are used both in group and individual work.

The essence of the method is outwardly quite simple, but at the same time it requires appropriate training from a specialist. Before starting work, the psychologist, together with the teenager, formulate a question that requires resolution, after which he chooses one or more cards from the deck. This is followed by a discussion of the image on the selected map directly in the context of the question asked. Thus, a minor, under the guidance of a psychologist and with the help of metaphorical pictures, finds real ways to resolve his problems and difficult life situations.

According to experts, metaphorical associative cards show their effectiveness during periods of stress, conflict, crisis, trauma, in working out parent-child relationships, working with psychosomatics and in rehabilitation work.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Amur Region

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