Is Relationship Education a key ingredient to successful Prison Safety and Reform?

Special Guest Lecturer: Dr Galena Rhoades

Pact is once again delighted to hold a free public lecture in celebration of the life of our former Vice-President, the late Sir Harold Hood.

This year, our special guest lecturer will be Dr Galena Rhoades, one of the world’s pre-eminent academic experts on what works in relationship education. Galena is coming to the UK from Denver, Colorado, to give this year’s lecture, which is being kindly hosted by London South Bank University.  In her lecture, Galena will share insights based on her research studies in the United States, and her work to develop ‘Within My Reach’ and other relationship education programmes with the PREP team in Denver. She will also provide some perspectives on the opportunities for applying some of this learning to support the aims of the Prison Safety and Reform White Paper, and forthcoming Farmer Report.

In addition to the lecture, we are delighted to announce that the meeting will be opened by Bishop Richard Moth, RC Liaison Bishop to prisons. Other special guest contributors will be announced in due course.

About Sir Harold Hood

Sir Harold Hood, 2nd Baronet (23 January 1916 – 5 September 2005) was a devout Catholic Christian who worked in Catholic publishing for much of his life, including working on the Catholic Herald and The Universe newspapers. He was a generous philanthropist with a keen interest in prison reform and prisoner rehabilitation, and was personally involved with many charities including Pact (Prison Advice and Care Trust). Sir Harold Hood was a Knight of Malta and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He died aged 89. His family have continued to support the work of Pact and a number of other charities through the charitable trust founded in his name.

About Galena Rhoades

Dr. Galena Rhoades[1], Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. Her research is on romantic relationship development and functioning and the effectiveness of relationship-focused interventions for children and adults. She has over 100 publications in these areas.

In addition to conducting research, she collaborates with PREP[2] in the development of relationship education curricula (e.g. Within My Reach and Within Our Reach). A particular interest in this applied work is the prevention of intimate partner violence through community-based relationship education.

Galena’s research projects and collaborations include 1) basic science studies on commitment, cohabitation, aggression, infidelity, family background, relationship processes and psychopathology, military families, and adolescent and child adjustment as well as 2) studies on the effectiveness of preventive relationship interventions for couples and individuals (including gene-environment interactions). She is currently working as an evaluator or consultant on several foundation or federally-funded projects in the United States. As examples, one project is testing the effectiveness of hospital-based relationship education delivered to pregnant women and another is on measuring and modelling early relationship development.

Galena also has a private practice in which she specializes in couples and families. Dr. Rhoades received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 2007.

About the Lecture

The Sir Harold Hood Memorial Lecture is held most years by Pact as an opportunity to celebrate the life and memory of a great friend and champion, the late Sir Harold Hood. The lecture is a free event and seeks to contribute to public knowledge and understanding of how we as a Society can make our prisons places in which individuals can achieve personal change and growth, and leave to live good lives, in stable and healthy relationships with family and the wider community.

Previous lectures have been given by Archbishop (now Cardinal) Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, Bishop Richard Moth, Lucia do Rosario-Neil and Sister Gemma Simmonds CJ.

About London South Bank University

London South Bank University is one of the city’s largest and oldest universities, with courses that reflect the priorities of industries today, giving our students the knowledge and confidence to embark on rewarding careers. Within LSBU is the Centre for Education and School Partnerships which offers undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses which are embedded with the principles of social justice. A top London teacher training university, LSBU is committed to working with the local community to meet their needs.

About Pact

Pact is a charity that works across England and Wales to provide support to prisoners, people with convictions and their children and families through a range of services, including:

  • Prison-based family engagement workers.
  • Prison visitor’s centres.
  • In- prison visitor support, supervised play, catering and enhanced family activities.
  • Prison and community based relationship and parenting education programmes.
  • Court and community family support.
  • ‘Through the Gate’ and community based mentoring and befriending programmes.
  • National helpline and digital information service.
  • Our work is informed by evidence-based learning, desistance theory and research, and continuous consultation with our service users.

Booking for this event has now closed.