Resistant, difficult, full of attitude, and hostile: all words that have been used by mental health professionals to describe mandated clients. It should be no surprise that these clients often evoke negative reactions from practitioners (De Jong & Berg, 2001). In addition, corrections (jail, probation, prison, parole) is a unique environment in which to maintain a career (Hawk, 1997), a reality experienced by mental health providers, including group therapists. In fact, due to the uniqueness of working with offender and mandated clients, a common mantra from correctional mental health professionals is, “If you can facilitate groups in here, you can facilitate groups anywhere.” Offender groups ...
Group Work with Offenders and Mandated Clients
Group work with offenders and mandated clients