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Grendon and the Emergence of Forensic Therapeutic Communities: Developments in Research and Practice

Grendon and the Emergence of Forensic Therapeutic Communities: Developments in Research and Practice

Richard Shuker (Editor), Elizabeth Sullivan (Co-Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-99057-5

May 2010

358 pages

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This unique collection of research and practice papers highlight HMP Grendon’s groundbreaking and sustained contribution to our understanding of the role therapeutic communities have in effective interventions with offenders.
  • Reveals the history and research behind HMP Grendon, one of the first prisons to develop therapeutic communities
  • Combines a mixture of quantitative and qualitative research papers, coupled with historical, theoretical and practice commentary
  • Features quantitative research based on unusually complete and extensive records, collected over an extended period and stored in Grendon’s database
  • Provides an international perspective with prominent figures from America and Holland
About the Editors.

Contributing Authors.



Part I: Developments in Therapeutic Communities.

Introduction (Peter Bennett).

1. Introducing Forensic Democratic Therapeutic Communities (Alisa Stevens).

2. Dovegate Therapeutic Community: Bid, Birth, Growth and Survival (Eric Cullen and Alan Miller).

3. The Van der Hoeven Clinic: a Flexible and Innovative Forensic Psychiatric Hospital Based on Therapeutic Community Principles (Judith de Boer-van Schaik and Frans Derks).

4. A Therapeutic Distinction with a Difference: Comparing American Concept-Based Therapeutic Communities and British Democratic Therapeutic Community Treatment for Prison Inmates (Douglas S. Lipton).

5. Towards a Social Analytical Therapy (John Shine).

Part II: Practice.

6. Putting Principles into Practice: The Therapeutic Community Regime at HMP Grendon and its Relationship with the ‘Good Lives' Model (Michael Brookes).

7. Personality Disorder: Using Therapeutic Communities as an Integrative Approach to Address Risk (Richard Shuker).

8. Psychodrama as Part of Core Therapy at HMP Grendon (Jinnie Jefferies).

9. Self and Social Function: Art Therapy and Readiness for Treatment in a Therapeutic Community Prison (Bill Wylie).

10. Undertaking Therapy at HMP Grendon with Men Who Have Committed Sexual Offences (Geraldine Akerman).

Part III: Research and Outcomes.

11. Reflections on Grendon: Interviews with Men Who Are About to Leave (Elizabeth Sullivan).

12. ‘This can't be real': Continuity at HMP Grendon (Lorna A. Rhodes).

13. The Experience of Officers in a Therapeutic Prison: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (James McManus).

14. Emotional Influence and Empathy in Prison-Based Therapeutic Communities (Karen Niven, David Holman and Peter Totterdell).

15. The Quality of Life of Prisoners and Staff at HMP Grendon (Guy Shefer).

16. Suicide and Self-injurious Behaviours at HMP Grendon (Adrienne Rivlin).

17. Changes in Prison Offending Among Residents of a Prison-Based Therapeutic Community (Margaret Newton).

18. Changes in Interpersonal Relating Following Therapeutic Community Treatment at HMP Grendon (Richard Shuker and Michelle Newberry).

19. The Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Prisoners in a Therapeutic Community Prison (Michelle Newberry).

20. Research in Prison (Martin J. Fisher, Carol Ireland and Elizabeth Sullivan).