Abstract

This paper explores some of the conditions of detention and the role of the professional mental health worker laboring under these conditions. The ethical, professional and legal responsibilities of the mental health care practitioner are the object of inquiry.

Indefinite detention without trial, which often includes long periods of solitary confinement, is a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading suffering. Terror and torture find a home in the detention situation and are two crucial characteristics of the anguish, distress, and torment of a detainee's experience.

0.15 in The detention context gives rise to conflicting loyalties for the mental health professional: faithfulness to a set of ethical practices, legal requirements, and the responses to the victim. The mental health worker is therefore in continual conflict. Effective psychotherapy is impossible under these conditions.

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