In November 2004, Doug Stephenson and Mal Gillan from the Spirituality in Prison Working Group were invited to run a two day training course in the south of Poland. The participants were prison managers and psychologists from around the country, as well as representatives from a Ukrainian NGO. (The Polish Prison Service is a military system and so there is a clear distinction between the guards and those who manage the lives of the prisoners.)

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Some of the key learning points

Seminar for Polish Prison ,Service Management, Wisla, South Poland


A visit to the high security prison

A visit to the high security prison in Warsaw


Facilitators experiences are shown in the attached report : Download Report >>


Trinidad And Tobago

The Brahma Kumaris, who have been working in prisons in Trinidad since 1995, have established strong connections with the Service.

In May 2005, Doug Stephenson was invited to the Caribbean where he was presented with the opportunity to run a half day stress management seminar/workshop for managers. officers and staff of the Trinindad and Tobago prison service.

Some of the key learning points are provided in a report on the seminar:

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South America

In March 2009, Doug Stephenson of the Working Group, was invited to Argentina, Chile and Paraguay to meet with and address those who are working in prison and in social services initiatives, particularly with the most marginalized and vulnerable sectors of the community. These programmes were a part of national training initiatives. The seminars explored the role of the less tangible aspects of inter-personal communication in enabling others to fulfil their potential.