Forensic Practice in the Community
Edited by Zoë Ashmore, Richard Shuker
Routledge – 2013 – 208 pages
Series: Issues in Forensic Psychology
Whilst there are many books looking at forensic practice in secure settings, such as prisons or hospitals, very little has been written about forensic work in the community, such as in individual’s homes, or in Probation or Youth Offending settings around the country. The developments vary from Multisystemic therapy for young people at risk of custody, to interventions with adults who have offended, who have mental health problems, and misuse substances.
This book describes the current exciting developments in forensic practice in community settings for both adults and young people, where the outcomes of interventions with those who have offended are all ultimately tested. Bringing together a range of experts from both the practitioner and academic community, this book covers:
Offering a range of recent case studies and covering cutting-edge developments in practice and policy, this book will be of interest to graduate students in forensic psychology, as well as social workers, probation officers, youth offending officers and mental health professionals.
This book should be essential reading for all of those who are interested in working with offenders, young and old. Written by a group of leading practitioners and researchers, the book provides a detailed account of how to work in community settings in ways which not only address the psychological and social needs of offenders, but also effectively manages the risk of further offending occurring.
Professor Andrew Day, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Deakin University, Australia
This book provides a wide-ranging overview of theory and practice in a previously neglected area. This neglect is all the more remarkable because of the area’s crucial importance at so many levels. The area – that of forensic practice in the community – now has a major new text to support and stimulate its growth.
Adrian Needs, Principal Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
Introduction and assessment, Part I: 1. Overview of forensic services in the community, Andrew Bridges and Kasturi Torchia 2. Policy and practice in working with offenders in the community; the case for community based interventions, Nick Benefield 3. Assessment in community setttings, Joel Harvey 4. Forensic practice in community settings: dilemmas and ethical issues, Gerard Drennan 5. International perspectives, Natalie Woodier Part II - Treatment approaches: 6. Working with sex offenders in community settings, Derek Perkins 7. Violent offending, Matt Bruce 8. Learning disabilities, David Nash 9. Addressing substance misuse: developments in community based interventions, Matt Gaskell Part III - Management in the community: 10. Managing risk in the community, Simone Fox and Richard Latham 11. Multisystemic therapy, Zoe Ashmore 12. From prison to community: sustaining the benefits of custodial programmes, Richard Shuker and Andrew Bates 13. Community forensic mental health, Phil Minoudis 14. Desistance of criminal behaviour, Anthony Bottoms 15. Future durections for forensic practice in the community, Lord Bradley, John Shine and Rebecca Morland.
Zoë Ashmore is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist and Multisystemic therapy (MST) Expert. She was the first MST Expert appointed in the UK to train and advise teams in the effective clinical delivery of MST, now being introduced across the UK. She has specialised in intervention programmes for adolescents and their families, both in the community and in custody, for over thirty years, working in the Prison Service, the Home Office, the National Health Service and the Youth Offending Service. In 2011 she was awarded the Senior Practitioner Award by the British Psychological Society for her distinguished lifetime contribution to Forensic Psychology.
Richard Shuker is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Head of Psychology and Research at HMP Grendon, a therapeutic community prison for personality disordered offenders. He has managed cognitive behavioural treatment programmes within adult and young offender prisons and is currently lead clinician on the assessment unit at Grendon. His special interests include the assessment and treatment of offenders with personality disorders and other complex needs. He is Series Editor for the book series Issues in Forensic Psychology and has published in areas including risk assessment, treatment readiness, therapeutic outcome and clinical intervention. He has recently co-edited a book on Grendon’s work, research and outcomes.