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1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Forensic Psychology in Secure Settings

ISBN 9781138942578
Published May 26, 2017 by Routledge
434 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge International Handbook of Forensic Psychology in Secure Settings is the first volume to identify, discuss and analyse the most important psychological issues within prisons and secure hospitals.

Including contributions from leading researchers and practitioners from the UK, US, Australia and Canada, the book covers not only the key groups that forensic psychologists work with, but also the treatment options available to them, workplace issues unique to secure settings, and some of the wider topics that impact upon offender populations. The book is divided into four sections:

  • population and issues;

  • treatment;

  • staff and workplace issues;

  • contemporary issues for forensic application.

With chapters offering both theoretical rigour and practical application, this is a unique resource that will be essential reading for any student, researcher or practitioner of forensic psychology or criminology. It will also be relevant for those interested in social policy and social care.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction


Chapter 2: Young high risk forensic populations: Assessment, treatment, and risk management

Chapter 3: Understanding women in prison

Chapter 4: Offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Chapter 5: Understanding deception and denial in offenders

Chapter 6: Self-harm in prison

Chapter 7: Assessment issues in offending populations


Chapter 8: Treatment with firesetters

Chapter 9: Sexual offender treatment in forensic and correctional settings

Chapter 10: Domestic Violence Programmes

Chapter 11: Empirically-based strategies for treating personality disorder

Chapter 12. Trauma and its treatment in forensic settings

Chapter 13: Contemporary evidence-based approaches to the assessment and treatment of substance-abusing offenders

Chapter 14: Effective interventions to address acquisitive offending

Chapter 15: Modifying Assessment and Treatment for deaf forensic clients


Chapter 16: The psychological and emotional effects of prison on prison staff

Chapter 17: Relationships in prisons

Chapter 18: Staff supervision within in forensic settings

Chapter 19: The positive practice of safety: Reductions in workplace bullying behaviour through increases in safety and security

Chapter 20: The resilient organisation

Chapter 21: A practical approach to ethical issues for psychologists in prisons and secure settings


Chapter 22: Functions of critical incidents and their management in secure forensic services

Chapter 23: Understanding terrorism

Chapter 24: Understanding and intervening with partner abuse

Chapter 25: Gangs: Best practices in suppression, assessment, and intervention

Chapter 26: Understanding and managing intra-group aggression among residents in secure settings

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Professor Jane L. Ireland is a Chartered Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. Professor Ireland holds a Professorial Chair at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, and is Violence Treatment Lead within High Secure Services, Ashworth Hospital, UK. She is an elected Academy Fellow of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA). Professor Ireland is currently lead for the Ashworth Research Centre (ARC), an NHS clinical and forensic centre for research based within Mersey Care NHS Trust and covers all secure services.

Dr Carol A. Ireland is a Consultant Chartered Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She has experience of critical incidents, both as an advisor and trainer of negotiators. She is Senior Research Lead at the Ashworth Research Centre, Ashworth Hospital. She also works at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is the Director of Studies for the MSc in Forensic Psychology. She currently works at the Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services (CCATS).

Dr Neil Gredecki is a Consultant and Registered Forensic Psychologist with over 13 years’ experience of working in prisons and a variety of NHS and Private Sector settings. This includes high, medium and low secure psychiatric hospitals as well as working with adolescents in community and inpatient settings. He holds the role of Chief Supervisor for the British Psychological Society’s Qualification in Forensic Psychology and currently has a senior role within Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. In addition to working in clinical posts, Neil has extensive experience of supervision and management and conducts research with staff working in forensic settings. He is co-editor of the Journal of Forensic Practice.

Martin Fisher is a Consultant and Forensic Practitioner Psychologist, a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist who has worked in the Criminal Justice field for 28 years with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), formerly the National Offender Management Service, in England and Wales. He also holds appointments within NHS Secure Mental Health Services and academia. He is currently Chair of the BPS Committee on Test Standards, a member of the BPS Ethics Committee, and a member of the Forensic Faculty of Clinical Psychology Executive Committee. He is currently Lead Psychologist for the Young People’s Estate in HMPPS.