‘This fascinating book examines some of the ideological underpinnings of forensic psychological research, policy and practice. It is refreshingly reflective and a significant contribution to the field. I strongly recommend it.’ - Professor Graham Towl, Durham University and formerly Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice ‘The strength of this book is the complexity of concepts and topics covered mean that it is suitable for students who wish to be challenged.’ - Dr Louise Almond, University of Liverpool ‘This is a book for people who like to think. It presents the realities of practice with the challenges of theory and asks the reader to shake off complacency. It is insightful and challenging but most of all, it is very readable.’ - Professor Joanna R. Adler, Middlesex University Students of Forensic Psychology need to learn how to combine practical skills such as report writing or assessments with a critical understanding of both theory and the wider political and policy landscape that surrounds the profession. Mapped to the British Psychological Society’s Stage One and Two training requirements for forensic psychologists Forensic Psychology: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice will help you understand how these crucial areas of the profession interact and how they can shape one another. Throughout the text the authors provide a detailed analysis of key concepts, debates and theories while weaving in insights and reflections from key professionals, ensuring you have the necessary knowledge and skills to pass assignments and get past the stage 2 supervised practice requirements en route to becoming a qualified forensic psychologist. This text will be essential reading for all those on MSc Forensic Psychology courses, and will also be a useful reader for those on practitioner doctorates as well as the already qualified needing to keep up with the CPD. The book is also a useful companion to professionals in allied criminal justice professions.

Treatment and rehabilitation

Treatment and rehabilitation

Key concepts

This chapter aims to provide an overview of the current status of treatment and rehabilitation of those who have committed offences and the central issues to be considered in provision of these services. The reader is introduced to key approaches in the field and is exposed to research and theories originating from other domains that are thought to be useful in understanding the current status of the field and to assist in thinking about future service provision and policy.

Knowledge concepts

Practice considerations

Desistance

Peer mentoring

Rehabilitation

Therapeutic communities

Treatment

‘What works’

Good Lives Model (GLM)

Managing hope and expectations

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Risk–Need–Responsivity (RNR) model

Therapeutic alliance

Transtheoretical model of the stages of change

Understanding desistance as a process

Questions addressed

  • What are and what should be our treatment targets?
  • What happens within treatment?
  • What should ...
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