From the `nothing works' maxim of the 1970s to evidence-based interventions to challenge recidivism and promote pro-social behavior, psychological therapy has played an important role in rehabilitation and risk reduction within forensic settings in recent years. And yet the typical group therapy model isn't always the appropriate path to take.
In this important new book, the aims and effectiveness of individual therapies within forensic settings, both old and new, are assessed and discussed. Including contributions from authors based in the UK, North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, a broad range of therapies are covered, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focussed Therapy.
Each chapter provides:
an assessment of the evidence base for effectiveness;
the adaptations required in a forensic setting;
whether the therapy is aimed at recidivism or psychological change;
the client or patient characteristics it is aimed at;
a case study of the therapy in action.
The final section of the book looks at ethical issues, the relationship between individual and group-based treatment, therapist supervision and deciding which therapies and therapists to select.
This book is essential reading for probation staff, psychologists, criminal justice and liaison workers and specialist treatment staff. It will also be a valuable resource for any student of forensic or clinical psychology.
Jason Davies is Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology at Swansea University, UK and a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist with ABMU Health Board in South Wales. He has worked in high, medium and low secure mental health settings, and is author Supervision for Forensic Practitioners (Routledge 2015).
Dr Claire Nagi is a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Forensic Psychologist. She is Associate Clinical Tutor at the Department of Applied Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales UK. She has worked in prison, forensic mental health and community NHS services.