ones, are discussed by Julia Houston. Like sexual offenders, mentally disordered offenders typically present a real challenge to forensic workers. The following chapter by Winter considers some issues and problems while considering stress and police work. The last two chapters of the book examine the different settings of the community and the institution, in which forensic psychology is practiced. Community-based programmes have very particular circumstances and challenges to consider, just as institution-based programmes, including prisons and forensic hospitals, have unique concerns. Some of these issues will be addressed by Anthony Eccles and William Walker. Finally, Jody Bennett and I tackle the topic of providing psychotherapy to offenders in forensic institutions.
While the book was assembled with the interests of practitioners firmly in mind, it should also appeal to forensic theorists and researchers alike. The research generated by PCT and constructivism in the field of forensic psychology, limited at present, is growing. We hope to provide a background for further growth with this book. We hope, too, that all readers will approach this book with curiosity and openness, which were part of our efforts in writing it.