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Counseling Kids With Incarcerated Caregivers
Elisabeth Bennett, Miranda Lewis, and Elyssa Hunsaker
This paper examines the impact of parental/caregiver incarceration on children and proposes skills and techniques that counselors could employ when working with this population. Statistics related to incarcerated parents and their children are presented as well as the common characteristics of those children. Existing policies related to this issue are outlined and the need for more policy and protocols is called for. The process of incarceration from the crime to completion of probation, the types of incarceration, and the security levels and characteristics of facilities that house the incarcerated are discussed. Finally, strategies, skills, and techniques that counselors can use when working with children throughout their experience of their caregiver’s incarceration are presented.