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The inmates took part in the training aimed at analyzing their life path and mentally presenting a new life scenario.

Classes within the program “Psychological correction of the system of value orientations with the help of group classes” are held weekly. Therefore, such psychological training within the framework of spiritual and moral education in content fits well into this program. The main focus of the lesson was on working with metaphorical associative cards. The participants of the event performed the exercise “Photography”. They were asked to carefully look through the metaphorical associative cards and choose the one that “responds” to him at the level of sensations and is connected with his life before condemnation.

Through the map, the reasons were analyzed that contributed to the fact that each of them ended up in prison. Since mostly convicts blame circumstances or other people for this, it was important to focus on their role in this event. The convicts took an active part in the discussion of their perception of the current life path and discussed the topic “How I live my life.” In the final part of the lesson, each participant chose, in closed form, one card from the deck, which would symbolize their life after liberation.

The undoubted advantage of metaphorical cards is that it is easier for convicts to speak in the third person, this contributes to liberation and a more emotional story. The analysis of the image takes place in a live form, does not enter the participants into a stupor when “I have nothing to say” or “I don’t know”. Through the card hero, they reflect and relive their emotions and work out relationships with loved ones.

– The convicts note that they begin to think about what became the real reason for the crime, pay attention to the way of life that they led, to the circle of friends, how these factors influenced their fate. Therefore, work with value orientations is one of the priority areas of work of the institution’s psychologists, – said Lyubov Vakhrusheva, senior psychologist at the IK-29 psychological laboratory.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Komi Republic

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