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By: Robert D. Morgan, Christopher J. Romani & Nicole R. Gross

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 34: Group Work with Offenders and Mandated Clients

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Group Work with Offenders and Mandated Clients
Group work with offenders and mandated clients
Robert D. MorganChristopher J. RomaniNicole R. Gross

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 ...

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