p. 815. Working with offenders
- David Canter
‘Working with offenders’ looks at the settings where forensic psychologists work with convicted offenders and the types of assessment, risk management, and therapies that they carry out. Psychologists have three broad tasks: helping offenders deal with pre-existing problems; helping them deal with their existing situation such as coping with prison life; and determining what risks the individual poses to himself and others, and the most appropriate way of managing those risks. The assessment process and course of action depends on the offender type — violent sex offenders, alcoholics and other substance dependants, or those with personality disorders or mental illness — and may involve enhanced thinking skills, which is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy.