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, 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 organizational and professional issues, and is an ideal resource for courses in Forensic Psychology.
Table of Contents
Part 1: What is Forensic Psychology?
- What do Forensic Psychologists do?
- Challenges in developing evidence-based practice in forensic settings
- Forensic Clinical Interviewing
- Forensic Risk assessment
- Designing Rehabilitative Interventions in Forensic Settings
- Aggressive and Violent Offending
- Sexual Offending
- Intimate Partner Abuse
- Deliberate Firesetting
- Terrorism, Extremism & Radicalisation
- Working with Women in Prison
- Working with Young People
- Forensic Mental Health
- Forensic Environments
- Consultancy in Forensic Settings
- Training in Forensic Settings
Adrian Needs and Yvonne Shell
Charlotte Lennox and Polly Turner
Part 2: Assessments in Forensic Contexts
Michelle Fletcher, Neil Gredecki & Polly Turner
Part 3: Specialist Forensic Interventions and Populations
Jamie S. Walton
Michelle Fletcher, Allison Nelson & Polly Turner
Neil Gredecki & Kerensa Hocken
Jude Kelman & Karen Lloyd
Emily Glorney & Siobhan Neave
Part 4: Forensic Settings and Professional Issues
Jenny Tew & Neil Gredecki
Polly Turner & Amy Freel
Dr Neil Gredecki is a Registered Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Psychologist with over eighteen 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 eighteen 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 Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Manchester.