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Transitions to Better Lives

Offender Readiness and Rehabilitation, 1st Edition

By Andrew Day, Sharon Casey, Tony Ward, Kevin Howells, James Vess


320 pages

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Transitions to Better Lives aims to describe, collate, and summarize a body of recent research – both theoretical and empirical – that explores the issue of treatment readiness in offender programming. It is divided into three sections:

  • part one unpacks a model of treatment readiness, and explains how it has been operationalized
  • part two discusses how the construct has been applied to the treatment of different offender groups
  • part three iscusses some of the practice approaches that have been identified as holding promise in addressing low levels of offender readiness are discussed.

Included within each section are contributions from a number of authors whose work, in recent years, has stimulated discussion and helped to inform practice in offender rehabilitation.

This book is an ideal resource for those who study within the field of criminology, or who work in the criminal justice system, and have an interest in the delivery of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for offenders. This includes psychologists, social workers, probation and parole officers, and prison officers.


'The book provides an encouraging insight into the advancements being made in providing ethical and effective interventions to reduce reoffending, within a therapeutic milieu of legitimate and respectful relationships, and led by the individual's own efforts to stop offending and achieve their goals.' - Ros Burnett, Reader in Criminology, University of Cambridge in The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, May 2011

Table of Contents

Part I: What is Treatment Readiness? 1. The Multifactor Offender Readiness Model 2 . The Origins of Treatment Readiness 3. What are Readiness Factors? 4. The Good Lives Model of Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Readiness 5. The Assessment of Treatment Readiness Part II: Readiness and Offenders 6. Interpersonal Violence: the Need for Individualised Services 7. Sex Offenders: Understanding Low Readiness 8. Substance Use and Readiness 9. Readiness and Treatment Engagement in Personality Disordered Offenders: Towards a Clinical Strategy Part III: Clinical and Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Low Levels of Readiness 10. The Modification of Low Readiness 11. Goal-focused Interventions with Offenders 12. Treatment Readiness and the Therapeutic Alliance 13. Readiness and Risk: a Case Illustration 14. Ways Forward and Conclusions Appendix 1: Measures of Treatment Readiness

About the Authors

Andrew Day is Associate Professor of Psychology at Deakin University, Australia.

Sharon Casey is a Lecturer at the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, at the University of South Australia.

Tony Ward is Head of the School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Kevin Howells is Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

James Vess is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Deakin University, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology