10th Edition

Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation

    410 Pages 36 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    410 Pages 36 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This text presents the foundations of correctional treatment and intervention, including overviews of the major therapeutic modalities that are effective when intervening with justice-involved individuals to reduce ongoing system involvement and improve well-being. The text also focuses on diagnosis of mental illness, correctional assessment and classification, case planning strategies, and the necessary counseling and human service skills for working alongside system-involved people.

    Specific chapters focus on working with women, individuals struggling with substance abuse, and clients with severely antisocial behavior such as psychopathy. Written to help students prepare for a career in correctional counseling or forensic social work, the book also assists working professionals (e.g., institutional and community corrections staff) to determine which strategies might be most effective with their clients. Revised using person-centered language, the tenth edition includes a new chapter focused on the necessary relational skills that probation and parole officers must have to be agents of behavior change. The content is divided into four parts: (1) A Professional Framework for Correctional Counseling; (2) Client Assessment, Diagnosis, Classification, and Case Planning; (3) Contemporary Approaches for Correctional Counseling and Treatment, and (4) Effective Correctional Interventions for Special Populations.

    This book is appropriate for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Psychology, and Social Work programs, as well as correctional practitioners looking for professional development to enhance behavior change among clients. 

    Part I: A Professional Framework for Correctional Counseling

    Chapter 1: The Process of Correctional Counseling and Treatment

    Chapter 2: Understanding the Special Challenges Faced by the Correctional Counselor

    Chapter 3: Community Corrections Officers as Change Agents

    Chapter 4: Correctional Treatment: Accomplishments and Realities

    Part II: Correctional Assessment, Diagnosis, Classification, and Case Planning

    Chapter 5: Assessment and Diagnosis of Correctional Clients

    Chapter 6: An Overview of Correctional Classification Systems

    Chapter 7: Case Planning and Case Management

    Part III: Contemporary Approaches for Correctional Counseling and Treatment

    Chapter 8: Behavioral Interventions

    Chapter 9: Cognitive Interventions

    Chapter 10: Social Learning Interventions

    Chapter 11: Family Interventions

    Part IV: Effective Correctional Interventions for Special Populations

    Chapter 12: Treating Clients with Substance Abuse

    Chapter 13: Treating System-Involved Women

    Chapter 14: Treating Clients who Commit Sex Offenses

    Chapter 15: Treating Clients with Severe Antisocial Behavior and Psychopathy


    Emily J. Salisbury, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center at the University of Utah College of Social Work. She is trained as an applied criminologist and focuses her research on the science of correctional treatment interventions, particularly among system-involved women. The Utah Criminal Justice Center is an interdisciplinary research center that provides organizations with research, training, and technical assistance grounded in scientific evidence to prevent and reduce crime and victimization among all communities, with an understanding that approaches must be tailored to the contextual needs of organizations and the diverse populations they serve.

    Dr. Salisbury’s research focuses on correctional policy, risk/needs assessment, and treatment intervention strategies, with a particular focus on system-involved women, gender-responsive practices, and trauma-responsive care. As a result of her scholarship on behalf of women, she was awarded the Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Corrections and Sentencing.

    Patricia Van Voorhis, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Van Voorhis has published extensively, including two books and many articles in the leading criminology and criminal justice journals. She has provided expertise to federal, state, and local agencies on topics pertaining to correctional effectiveness, program implementation, evaluation techniques, women offenders, risk assessment, and correctional classification. She has directed numerous federal- and state-funded research projects on inmate classification, gender-responsive assessment, program implementation, and cognitive behavioral interventions, and continues to pursue a rigorous consulting and research agenda in retirement. Dr. Van Voorhis is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious American Society of Criminology August Vollmer Award, which recognizes a criminologist whose research scholarship has contributed to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior. 

    "Every once in a while, you come across a book that matters. And it matters so much that it continues to be updated with the latest information possible. This is what you have in your hands with Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation by Salisbury and Van Voorhis. Helping people get the tools and skills they need to successfully re-enter society is about investing in them as people, the communities they return to, and our community more generally. This book does that and does it masterfully. With COVID-19 ravaging the correctional system, this book is all the more important for students, policymakers, and practitioners."

    Alex R. Piquero, Ph.D. University of Miami, Department of Sociology & Criminology, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Scholar.

    "This book, Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation, is a masterpiece. It consists of theoretical frameworks, treatment modalities, and most recent cutting-edge evidence-based practices for treating justice-involved people in institutional settings and in the community.  

    Salisbury and Van Voorhis go the extra mile and provide a critical analysis and the importance of race and culture. They highlight the significance of providing multicultural counseling for racially and ethnically diverse correctional populations, as opposed to an ethno-centrism perspective.  

    This text is so well designed and orchestrated, that any ordinary person can read it and truly understand the meaning of corrections and treatments for individuals in justice systems."

    Leroy Curtis Johnson, MSW, Assistant Professor (clinical), University of Utah, College of Social Work