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Forensic CBT: A Handbook for Clinical Practice

Raymond Chip Tafrate (Editor), Damon Mitchell (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-58987-8 September 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 520 Pages


Forensic CBT: A Handbook for Clinical Practice is an edited collection that represents the first authoritative resource on the utilization of CBT strategies and techniques for offender clients.

  • Features contributions from leaders of the major schools of CBT on the treatment of antisocial personality patterns as well as anger, interpersonal violence, substance abuse, and sexual aggression
  • Addresses modified CBT approaches for female, juvenile, and culturally diverse forensic populations
  • Covers emerging areas of forensic practices, including the integration of motivational interviewing and strength-based approaches
  • Includes an assortment of worksheets, handouts, and exercises for practitioners to use with their clients

Contributors x

About the Editors and Contributors xiii

Preface xxi

1 Introduction: Critical Issues and Challenges Facing Forensic CBT Practitioners 1
Damon Mitchell, David J. Simourd, and Raymond Chip Tafrate

Part I Criminal Behavior and Antisocial Patterns: Conceptualizing Treatment from Different CBT Perspectives 11

Section 1 Traditional and Next Generation CBT Models 13

2 Traditional Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Models for Antisocial Patterns 15
Lori Seeler, Arthur Freeman, Raymond DiGiuseppe, and Damon Mitchell

3 ACT for the Incarcerated 43
Jai Amrod and Steven C. Hayes

4 Schema Therapy for Aggressive Offenders with Personality Disorders 66
Marije Keulen-de Vos, David P. Bernstein, and Arnoud Arntz

Section 2 Criminal Thinking Models 85

5 An Overview of Strategies for the Assessment and Treatment of Criminal Thinking 87
Daryl G. Kroner and Robert D. Morgan

6 Applying CBT to the Criminal Thought Process 104
Glenn D. Walters

7 Training Community Corrections Officers in Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Strategies 122
Tanya Rugge and James Bonta

Part II CBT Interventions for Common Criminal Justice Problem Areas 137

Section 1 Two Perspectives on the Treatment of Anger 139

8 Anger Management for Offenders: A Flexible CBT Approach 141
Howard Kassinove and Michael J. Toohey

9 Contextual Anger Regulation Therapy (CART): An Acceptance-Based Treatment for Domestic and Non-Domestic Violent Offenders 161
Frank L. Gardner and Zella E. Moore

Section 2 Two Perspectives on the Treatment of Intimate Partner Violence 185

10 CBT for Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: The “I3” Approach 187
Christopher I. Eckhardt, Cory A. Crane, and Joel G. Sprunger

11 A Couples-Based Violence Reduction Approach to Curbing Intimate Partner Assault 211
George F. Ronan, Kimberly Maurelli, and Krista M. Holman

Section 3 Two Perspectives on the Treatment of Addictions 231

12 An Integrated REBT-Based Approach to the Treatment of Addicted Offenders 233
F. Michler Bishop

13 Social and Community Responsibility Therapy (SCRT): A Cognitive- Behavioral Model for the Treatment of Substance-Abusing Judicial Clients 252
Kenneth W. Wanberg and Harvey B. Milkman

Section 4 Two Perspectives on the Treatment of Sexual Aggression 279

14 Balancing Clients’ Strengths and Deficits in Sexual Offender Treatment: The Rockwood Treatment Approach 281
William L. Marshall and Matt D. O’Brien

15 Recidivism Risk Reduction Therapy (3RT): Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Treating Sexual Offense Behavior 302
Jennifer Wheeler and Christmas Covell

Part III Tailoring CBT to Special Forensic Populations 327

16 Advancing the Use of CBT with Justice-Involved Women 329
Marilyn Van Dieten and Erica King

17 CBT with Juvenile Offenders: A Review and Recommendations for Practice 354
Eva Feindler and Alison M. Byers

18 Culturally Responsive CBT in Forensic Settings 377
Andrew Day

Part IV Emerging Ideas for Practice 391

19 Session-by-Session Assessment of Client Participation and Progress 393
David J. Simourd

20 Integrating Motivational Interviewing with Forensic CBT: Promoting Treatment Engagement and Behavior Change with Justice-Involved Clients 411
Raymond Chip Tafrate and Jennifer D. Luther

21 Integrating Strength-Based Practice with Forensic CBT: The Good Lives Model of Offender Rehabilitation 436
Clare-Ann Fortune and Tony Ward

22 Treating Depression and PTSD Behind Bars: An Interaction Schemas Approach 456
Key Sun

Part V Conclusions 471

23 Forensic CBT: Five Recommendations for Clinical Practice and Five Topics in Need of More Attention 473
Raymond Chip Tafrate, Damon Mitchell, and Raymond W. Novaco


“I very much enjoyed reading this book; it contains excellent chapters, and demonstrates the advances that have been made in recent years in the understanding and treatment of offenders. There is no doubt that this book will be of immense interest and use to practitioners. The book is very informative of what is currently available for treating offenders and includes user friendly forms, worksheets, and examples of case histories, which will aid the practitioner. The book offers hope to practitioners who have to deal with challenging offenders, most of whom lack motivation to change. In short, I found reading this book fascinating and inspirational.” Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2014

"This book should be considered a must read for anyone who works anywhere in the corrections system, (local, state, and/or federal). Whether you are working with pretrial incarcerated offenders in a jail, convicted offenders in a prison, probation, parole, half-way house and/or community supervision, this book will offer you numerous practical worksheets and handouts and a set of new tools that will make you more effective and successful with the people in your care and supervision." Gustavo R. Grodnitzky, Psychologist and Consultant,