Community in Difference: Cultivating a Home for Love & Justice in an Indifferent World
the annual conference of the Society of Humanisitic Psychology (division 32) of the apa

Mental Disorders, Addiction,
and the Criminal Justice System

with Maureen Murdock and Ruth Ackerman

Wednesday, February 27, 1:30 to 4:30pm | $70 includes lunch

3 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

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The stigma about mental illness criminalizes the mentally ill. A mental disorder can happen to anyone at any time yet jails and prisons have become our new state treatment centers where we hide the mentally ill rather than treat them. There are 134,000 prisoners in the California state prisons, many with severe mental disorders who have committed crimes ranging from felonies to petty misdemeanors. One-third of them need addiction treatment and therapy rather than incarceration. Prosecutors see mental illness and addiction as moral issues rather than diseases of the brain. The training of judges and all participants in the criminal justice system about disorders of the brain is critical. This workshop will address the need to educate others about the realities of mental disorders and address the issue of stigma in our culture.

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and Jungian-oriented psychotherapist with a private practice in Santa Barbara. She was Chair and Core Faculty of the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and is now adjunct faculty in Pacifica's Somatics Program and at Antioch University. She is the author of The Heroine's Journey, Fathers' Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind, Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children, The Heroine's Journey Workbook, and Monday Morning Memoirs. Dr. Murdock has written articles about mental illness, addiction and the criminal justice system for professional journals and the Huffington Post, is a member of NAMI, and has just completed a memoir entitled Hooked On Hope: A Mother's Tale.

Ruth Ackerman, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., received her M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967, a Master's Degree in Organizational Development in 1991, and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, California in 1994. Dr. Ackerman has been affiliated with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association since 1986. In 1988 she founded the acupuncture based chemical dependency treatment program, Project Recovery, in Santa Barbara. She served as a consultant to various Drug Court Diversion Programs nationally and internationally. Her research has focused on acupuncture treatment for chemically dependent pregnant women and she has been instrumental in establishing many such programs.