Magazine article Corrections Today

The Essen Climate Evaluation Schema-EssenCES: A Manual and More,

Magazine article Corrections Today

The Essen Climate Evaluation Schema-EssenCES: A Manual and More,

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The Essen Climate Evaluation Schema--EssenCES: A Manual and More, (eds.) Norbert Schalast and Matthew Tonkin, Hogrefe Publishing, Boston, 2016, 108 pp.

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"The Essen Climate Evaluation Schema--EssenCES: A Manual and More" is an overview of the 17-item instrument EssenCES, which provides users an instrument that is valid and reliable by providing referenced norms to the populations of forensic and correctional institutions. However, its application could be transitioned to any community corrections setting or any in-patient or treatment facility with a correctional background.

This manual consists of administration and scoring protocols, normative data, background information, prior research, limitations of the instrument, interpretive and raw data, and conversion charts. It also showcases the rationale of the EssenCES for only utilizing and assessing three dimensions: therapeutic hold, patients' cohesion and mutual support, and experience safety. It also showcases the importance of anonymity to the ratings and places the importance of staff and residents into the spotlight. This may challenge an administration to provide a safe and secure location where participants can freely provide feedback. However, as the authors have pointed out, when truly anonymous, ratings have been generally more negative. Their choice to utilize only three dimensions in this text deliberately makes this particular tool useful by focusing on those areas essential to running a correctional facility. The EssenCES tool is not intended for those with severe mental impairment or traumatic brain injury.

The text provides normative data, collected from a range of countries--including the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia --and as recently as 2012. This up-to-date research provides comparable measures to other correctional institutions similar to the U. …

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