Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment

Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment

Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment

Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment


There is growing need to base the rehabilitation, prison regimes and treatment of offenders with special needs on research based methods and experience. This authoritative handbook will help you provide care for such offenders which is effective,humane and related o individual organisational and social considerations - whether based in community,residential prison or secure hospital settings.

The Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment provides a comprehensive guide to the whole range of approaches to treatment, including behavioural/cognitive,family work, reasoning and rehabilitation,and anger management. It goes on to examine the assessment of various categories of offenders such as child abusers,violent,mentally disordered offenders and sex offenders,and also looks a different ypes of reatment settings -in prisons,maximum security hospitals,residential settings and in the community.

- Editor and contributors with wide-ranging understanding and extensive expertise in the field of offender treatment.
- A single-volume,authoritative,comprehensive and international reference.


In one of many discussions with Michael Coombs at Wiley I said that I wanted to do a “big” book: two years later, here it is! Admittedly there are bigger books to be had, some of which might enter into the “huge” category (Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry by Robert Bluglass and Paul Bowden immediately springs to mind) but the scope of this text is broad enough to form, I hope, a significant compendium of knowledge.

When this text was at the stage of being a good idea, my thoughts were along the lines of an all-inclusive book that would cover every possible topic in the field. However, as reality took hold, it quickly became obvious that in an area as wide and diverse as the assessment and treatment of offenders, coverage on an encyclopaedic scale is not really possible, at least not without entering hugebordering-on-gargantuan territory. Accordingly, an outline was drawn together of topics that were central to the field and, if collected between two covers, would be a valuable resource for practitioners, teachers, and researchers. Guided by some helpful reviews of the initial outline, a structure for the book, a list of contents, and finally individual chapter titles were eventually produced.

The first section of the book aims to set the main part of the text in a broad context, with chapters reflecting on the historical, empirical, and costeffectiveness issues involved in the treatment of offenders. The second section, focusing on risk assessment, aims to set the tone for the book with an explicit emphasis on offending. Risk assessment is at the forefront of practice with offenders: the chapters here are concerned with risk assessment for specific types of offence or offenders and also with methods of carrying out risk assessments.

The third section gives a review of the main approaches to offender treatment and includes a wide range of theoretical and practical themes. The fourth section complements the third in offering an overview of assessment and treatment for specific offences and types of offender. The book ends with a fifth section that discusses the strengths and weaknesses of working in different settings, reflecting on the realities and diversities of working in the field of offender treatment.

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