Drug user motivation for application in the follow-up care after leaving custody

Speaker: Lidija Pilat (NNO Sdruzeni Podane ruce, Czech Republic).

In this paper, work methods used on drug users in penitentiary will be addressed, especially methods which proved to be effective in practice and which increased clients’ motivation to resolve drug problems after leaving custody. A part of the presentation will be dedicated to a handbook “Shipmate’s diary”, created for clients to increase and maintain their interest in therapy. The handbook is based on a theoretical approach of motivational interviewing, as discussed by DiClemente and C.C.Prochaska. Findings will be illustrated by case reports from practice. In conclusions, used methods and their position in the overall care of clients in custody will be evaluated with the considerations of clients’ specific needs.

CV: Lidjija Pilat is a psychologist with 15 years of experience in refugees camps in the Czech Republic. Since 2007 she has been working in Sdružení Podané ruce , o.s. in the project Prison Drug and Post-Release Care. Her therapeutic education consist of the 5-years of psychotherapeutic training at the Prague Psychotherapeutic Faculty.