1st Edition

Forensic Psychology

Edited By Neil Gredecki, Polly Turner Copyright 2022
    252 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Drawing on psychological theory and research, this text outlines the core roles of the forensic psychology profession, providing students with a broad overview of the field and bringing to life the work of the forensic psychologists. Written by leading UK practitioners and researchers working in a range of contexts, it invites students to reflect on how psychological literature helps us to understand people in contact with the justice system.

    Forensic psychology is continually evolving as a discipline and profession, shaping and responding to changes in legal processes, policies and provision. This book highlights the work of forensic psychologists, which covers a range of areas including assessment and intervention, applied research, consultancy and the training and development of staff working in forensic services such as secure services or community settings. Case studies are used to link psychological theory to practice, showcasing the latest developments in the field, and providing students with insights into best practice. The book further challenges myths in the field, encouraging students to humanise human harm and to apply compassion in their understanding of offending behaviour. Each chapter includes tasks and scenarios to promote critical thinking around theory and practice in what is an exciting time to work in this evolving field.

    As a field of study and a profession within the systems for criminal and civil justice, forensic psychology overlaps and interacts with many other areas within and outside of psychology. As such, this volume details the contribution of forensic psychology to a range of presentations and organisational and professional issues, and is an ideal resource for courses in forensic psychology.

              Part 1: What is Forensic Psychology?

    1. What do Forensic Psychologists do?
    2. Adrian Needs and Yvonne Shell

    3. Challenges in developing evidence-based practice in forensic settings
    4. Charlotte Lennox and Polly Turner

      Part 2: Assessments in Forensic Contexts

    5. Forensic Clinical Interviewing
    6. Caroline Logan

    7. Forensic Risk assessment
    8. Michelle Fletcher, Neil Gredecki & Polly Turner

    9. Formulation
    10. Fiona-Wilks-Riley

      Part 3: Specialist Forensic Interventions and Populations

    11. Designing Rehabilitative Interventions in Forensic Settings
    12. Jamie S. Walton

    13. Aggressive and Violent Offending
    14. Michelle Fletcher, Allison Nelson & Polly Turner

    15. Sexual Offending
    16. Neil Gredecki & Kerensa Hocken

    17. Intimate Partner Abuse
    18. Fiona Wilks-Riley

    19. Deliberate Firesetting
    20. Sally Tilt

    21. Stalking
    22. Rachael Wheatley

    23. Terrorism, Extremism & Radicalisation
    24. Zainab Al-Attar

    25. Working with Women in Prison
    26. Jude Kelman & Karen Lloyd

    27. Working with Young People
    28. Katie Lambert

    29. Forensic Mental Health
    30. Emily Glorney & Siobhan Neave

      Part 4: Forensic Settings and Professional Issues

    31. Forensic Environments
    32. Jenny Tew & Neil Gredecki

    33. Consultancy in Forensic Settings
    34. Polly Turner & Amy Freel

    35. Training in Forensic Settings

              Rachel Roper


    Dr Neil Gredecki is a Registered Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Psychologist with over 18 years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of forensic clients. He has held posts in HM Prison & Probation Service and in High, Medium and Low Secure Mental Health settings in both the NHS and private sector working with adults and young people, as well as academia.

    Dr Polly Turner is a Registered Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist with over 18 years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of forensic clients. She has worked predominantly with assessment and treatment of habitual aggression and personality disorder. She has held posts in High and Low Secure Mental Health settings in both the NHS and private sector and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.