Our interview with Dr. Terry Kupers delves into mental health and prison, specifically, the extreme conditions of isolation in solitary confinement and the effects of these conditions on the human psyche. This interview is by no means meant to compare what we are experiencing in quarantine with the extreme conditions that one experiences inside correctional facilities—let alone solitary confinement. However, it is meant to give us some perspective, help us better understand a bit more about the human condition, and perhaps give us a new lens with which to understand ourselves, each other, and systems in our society that need reform.
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About the Expert
Dr. Kupers is a psychiatrist with a background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, forensics and social and community psychiatry. He did his residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute and, because of an interest in object relations theory, spent the third year of his residency at the Tavistock Institute in London. He also did a fellowship in social and community psychiatry. Since 1974, he has practiced psychiatry in both the public and private sectors. At Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital (and Charles Drew Postgraduate Medical School, where he was Assistant Professor) in South Central Los Angeles and the Richmond Community Mental Health Center in Richmond, he served as director or co-director of an outpatient clinic, a psychiatric residency program, and a partial hospitalization program. He left the Richmond Center in 1981, joined the faculty at the Wright Institute, and has continued to teach and to maintain his private practice while consulting to various mental health centers and social rehabilitation programs in the community.
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