Many of those who engage with PALLS are challenged around addiction, trauma, bereavement, anger and mental health issues including depression, anxiety and in some instances suicidal ideation. It is clear from the relevant literature (Liebmann 1994, 2008; Teasdale 1997; Court 2005) that the provision of art therapy within a probation and prison context has much to offer individuals in ‘freeing’ adults to become less encumbered by emotional distress.
In 2014 PALLS introduced a pilot programme of one-to-one and group Art Therapy for ex-prisoners within the PALLS centre. In 2015 this provision was extended to prisoners in Limerick Prison (in a joint venture with Bedford Row Family Support Services). This programme has enabled PALLS to reach often hard to reach clients and enable these individuals to engage with Art therapy for the first time.