Proyecto Hombre Association participated in the Pompidou Group

Autor: Asociación Proyecto Hombre      24/03/2022     

On January 13, Proyecto Hombre presented virtually and to the Pompidou Group the experiences obtained by the application of the #TherapeuticCommunities model in prison contexts, such as the Spanish prisons of Picassent (Valencia) and Soto del Real (Madrid).

Pompidou is the cooperation group created to combat drug abuse and illicit trafficking inside the Council of Europe and its main mission is to contribute in its member states to the development of multidisciplinary, innovative, effective and evidence-based drug policies.

With this objective, last January a meeting was organized under the title «Development of comprehensive drug treatment systems in prisons» in which experts and professionals from therapeutic communities based in the South Eastern Europe (SEE) shared case studies and practical experiences.

Throughout the meeting, different profiles were discussed:

  • adolescents and youth
  • Mothers and pregnant women
  • People with some mental illness/dual pathologies

The expected objectives of this meeting were:

  • Improve knowledge among the members of the SEE group on Therapeutic Communities and specific populations
  • Recorded presentation to be used as supplementary material to the Pompidou Group Manual on Therapeutic Communities in Prisons for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
  • Networking.
  • Update on the progress of the SEE project.

The Association was represented by Oriol Esculies, international delegate of the Proyecto Hombre Association, and Begoña Gómez, international technician of Proyecto Hombre Association, who were able to present to the group the experiences of the application of the Therapeutic Communities model in prison contexts, as well as the challenges that they faced.

Among the attendees there were participants from Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia or Turkey.

In addition, the evento counted with the presence of renowned figures from the field of Therapeutic Communities such as Rowdy Yates from the University of Stirling.