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Psychology in Probation Services

David A. Crighton (Editor), Graham J. Towl (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3782-9
216 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book serves as a route map for psychologists and probation officers working in probation services.

  • Outlines the strategic framework for psychological services across prisons and probation.
  • Gives an up-to-date picture of some key emerging areas of applied psychological practice in probation settings.
  • Covers the development of applied psychological services, court work, mental health, working with sex offenders, risk assessment, group work, cognitive skills, multi-agency public protection panels, and lifer assessments.
  • The editors are Deputy Head and Head of Psychology for Prisons and Probation Services, and therefore well placed to compile this book.
  • Complements Graham Towl’s book Psychology in Prisons (BPS Blackwell, 2003).
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List of Contributors.

Foreword – Herschel Prins, University of Loughborough and TrentUniversity.

Editors’ Preface.

Series Editors’ Preface.

Revolving Doors Agency – its Work with Offenders in the Community.

1. Applied Psychological Services in the National Probation Service for England and Wales – Graham Towl and David Crighton.

2. Work in the Courts – David Crighton.

3. Counselling Psychologists and Mental Health Work in Probation Services – Sharon Mayer, Devon NHS Trust.

4. The Role of Psychology in the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders in the National Probation Service – Andrew Bates, National Probation Service, Thames Valley area.

5. Risk Assessment – David Crighton.

6. Suicide and Intentional Self-Injury – Sara Casado, National Probation Service, Sussex area, and Amy Beck, National Probation Service, Surrey area.

7. Groupwork-based Interventions – Anne Williams, HM Prison Service and National Probation Service, West Midlands area.

8. Cognitive Skills Groupwork – Derval Ambrose, National Probation Service, London area.

9. Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements – Tanya Tancred, National Probation Service, Kent area.

10. Domestic Violence Work with Male Offenders: Examining Current Practice and Considering Potential Future Developments – Jane Lindsay, University of Portsmouth, Dermot Brady, National Probation Service, London area, and Debbie McQueirns, National Probation Service, London area.

11. Work with Life Sentence Offenders – Debbie McQueirns.

12. Partnership Working: Organizational Roles, Structures and Interfaces – Trudy Leeson, National Probation Service, Derbyshire area, and David Crighton.

Bibliography.

Index

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David Crighton is Deputy Head of Psychology for Prisons and Probation Services. He is also visiting Professor of Forensic Psychology at London Metropolitan University and co-editor of the British Journal of Forensic Practice.


Graham Towl is Head of Psychology for Prisons and Probation Services. He is also visiting Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham and the University of Portsmouth. He has received the British Psychological Society award for distinguished contribution to professional psychology. He is the editor of Psychology in Prisons (BPS Blackwell, 2003) and joint editor of Suicide in Prisons (BPS Blackwell, 2002). He is also co-editor of the British Journal of Forensic Practice.

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  • A route map for psychologists and probation officers working in probation settings and in prisons.

  • Outlines the strategic framework for psychological services across prisons and probation.

  • Gives an up-to-date picture of some key emerging areas of applied psychological practice in probation settings.

  • Covers the development of applied psychological services, court work, mental health, working with sex offenders, risk assessment, group work, cognitive skills, multi-agency public protection panels, and lifer assessments.

  • The editors are Deputy Head and Head of Psychology for Prisons and Probation Services, and therefore well placed to compile this book.

  • Complements Graham Towl’s book Psychology in Prisons (BPS Blackwell, 2003).
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"A comprehensive introduction, from an operational standpoint, of the role of psychology and psychologists in the Probation Service as it is and might develop, for both students and practitioners. Everything from basic risk assessment to MAPPA and work with life sentence prisoners is covered." Rod Morgan, Chairman, Youth Justice Board, formerly HM Chief Inspector of Probation

"This is a timely, elegant and wide-ranging collection of essays. It will prove of value and interest not only to professional psychologists and those working in probation but to all those seeking to identify 'what works' in the criminal justice system." Stephen Shaw, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales

"A very practical and informative book that clearly illustrates the contribution and potential contribution that applied psychology can make to the care of offenders and victims in the community, as well as to those working with these individuals within the probation services. It is clearly written and will make a useful contribution to the knowledge base around the issues discussed and will inform both clinicians working in the field and allied services, plus academics and students studying in a variety of related disciplines." Sharon Riordan, Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health Care, University of Birmingham

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