Within Treatment or Program Change

Treatment and rehabilitation programs for offenders are widely employed in correctional and forensic mental health settings. Usually these interventions aim to reduce criminal risk, improve mental health and institutional adjustment, or some combination of both. Assessing within treatment or program change becomes important for establishing whether the purpose of the referral for treatment has been met. The majority of programs are aimed at reducing recidivism risk, leading to improved community outcomes. Less often, but equally important, are programs or treatments that are aimed at supporting offenders so that they are easier to manage safely (e.g., they are able to be placed in a lower security environment) or, relatedly, increasing their specific responsivity (i.e., offenders’ ability for, or commitment to, undergoing personal change, and to engaging ...

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