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Hello, I was thinking about the best way for prisoners to rehabilitate while serving time, and I thought seeing a therapist one week and group therapy another week would be a good idea. Do you agree? Is it ok if it’s different psychologists or should it have to be the same person both times? (From Argentina)

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 Excellent question. I’d recommend an assessment initially to determine if an inmate is ready to use individual therapy as part of their rehabilitation. I do not think it is a good idea for everyone to be offered it — but rather selectively using it to help those who will benefit most from it most. As far as group therapy is concerned I would only offer this to those who have done well in individual therapy. This will maximize the their use of group to re-enter society.

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Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Rehabilitation Inmates. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 17, 2019, from
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