Motivating Offenders to Change: A Guide to Enhancing Engagement in Therapy

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There is increasing pressure, soon to be legislation, for particular offenders to be given a choice of psychological treatment or imprisonment, even if treatment must sometimes be within special prison hospitals or units for offenders.

The key issue will be motivating offenders to commit themselves to treatment, and to maintain their motivation trough the therapeutic programme and thereafter, on release.

This is the first book to tackle the subject of motivating offenders in therapeutic programmes and as such, will prove an invaluable resource for forensic practitioners.

* Written by some of the top clinical and forensic practitioners and researchers in offender rehabilitation

* There is a real demand for a book on this subject as a result of changes in criminal justice policy and in mental health provision

Part of the Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology

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How can you help someone who doesn't want to be helped? Should you even try? If motivation is considered not only as an intrinsic attribute of the offender, but dependent upon a range of factors including what obstacles there are, what sort of changes are needed and the kind of intervention on offer, steps can be taken to improve the situation.

Mary McMurran has skilfully brought together eminent researchers and practitioners, who provide the reader with best knowledge and practice from two major fields-addictions and criminological psychology-to examine the therapeutic process and suggest how best to engage offenders in therapy. Throughout, ethical issues surrounding motivating offenders to change are closely scrutinised.

This book is an invaluable resource and guide to those training and working with offenders and training staff, including clinical and prison psychologists, probation officers, forensic psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists , counsellors, and prison officers.

"Scholars and practitioners who despair because 'the people who are most in need of treatment are the most difficult to engage' will feel optimistic and reinvigorated after reading this book. Motivating Offenders to Change provides the most valuable and comprehensive information available anywhere about how to encourage offenders to attend sessions and to comply with and benefit from treatment." David P. Farrington, Professor of Psychological Criminology at Cambridge University, UK

"This excellent book is a must-read for all who are involved in the criminal justice system. It challenges the idea that confrontation with offenders is necessary and demonstrates that effective treatment results from building effective relationships with these clients. McMurran's book is a groundbreaking synthesis of what is known from various fields about motivating offenders." William L. Marshall, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

About the Author:

Dr. Mary McMuran is Senior Baxter Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK, and is funded by the Department of Health's National Programme for Forensic Mental Health Research and Development. She is both a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has worked with offenders in a young offender's center, a maximum security psychiatric hospital, a regional secure unit, and in the community. Over the years, she has taken a particular interest in alcohol and crime, a topic on which she has published widely, and in the treatment of personality disordered offenders. She is the author of several structured treatment programmes for such offenders, and these are now widely used in the UK. She is a former Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Criminological and Legal Psychology (now the Division of Forensic Psychology), and founding editor of the journal Legal and Criminological Psychology.

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Verlag: John Wiley & Sons Ltd. (2002)
ISBN 10: 047149755X ISBN 13: 9780471497554
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