Trauma-Informed Forensic Practice argues for placing trauma-informed practice and thinking at the heart of forensic services. It is written by forensic practitioners and service users from prison and forensic mental health, youth justice and social care settings.
It provides a compassionate theoretical framework for understanding the links between trauma and offending. It also gives practical guidance on working with issues that are particularly associated with a history of trauma in forensic settings, such as self-harm and substance use, as well as on working with groups who are particularly vulnerable to trauma, such as those with intellectual disabilities and military veterans. Finally, it considers organisational aspects of delivering trauma-informed care, not just for service users, but for the staff who work in challenging and dangerous forensic environments.
The book is the first of its kind to address such a broad range of issues and settings. It is aimed at forensic practitioners who wish to develop their own trauma-informed practice or trauma-responsive services. It also provides an accessible introduction to trauma-informed forensic practice for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Trauma and Offending 1. Childhood Maltreatment and its Links to Offending 2. Trauma, Violence and Gender 3. Trauma-Informed Risk Assessment and Intervention: Understanding the Role of Triggering Contexts and Offence-Related Altered States of Consciousness (ORASC) 4. Trauma, Personality Disorder and Offending; Section 2: Vulnerable Groups 5. From Care to Custody 6. Trauma and Intellectual Disability 7. Deafness and Trauma: A Journey to Equitable Trauma-Informed Care8. Trauma and Offending in UK Military Veterans; Section 3: Survival Responses 9. "When You Have Got Like Twenty Thousand Thoughts in Your Head, that One Little Thing Can Just Make It All Go Away": Trauma and Non Suicidal Self Injury in Forensic Settings 10. Trauma, Substance Use and Offending 11. Early Trauma, Psychosis and Violent Offending 12. Trauma and Sexual Offending: Causal Mechanisms and Change Processes 13. The Traumatic Impact of Violent Crime on Offenders; Section 4: Trauma-Responsive Treatment 14. A Therapeutic Community Approach to Address Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Older Teenager 15. Containing Distress: Working with Compassion in a Prison-Based Democratic Therapeutic Community 16. Addressing Trauma with Young Adult Males in Custody: Implementing a Stepped Care Trauma-Informed Approach in a Young Offenders Institution 17. Trauma and the Experience of Imprisonment 18. Trauma Informed Community Services; Section 5: Organisational Issues 19. Developing Trauma-Informed Youth Justice Services 20. Trauma-Informed Care in Hospitals 21. The Impact on Staff of Trauma-Informed Work in Forensic Settings 22. Trauma-informed Care and Culture Change in an NHS Forensic Service 23. Trauma and Restorative Justice 24. The Future of Trauma-Informed Forensic Practice
Phil Willmot is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and Joint Lead Psychologist for the Men’s Personality Disorder Service at Rampton Hospital. He is also Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Lincoln, UK.
Lawrence Jones is Head of Psychology at Rampton Hospital. He is a former chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology and has published in a range of areas including therapeutic communities, formulation, "personality disorder," iatrogenic responses to intervention, motivation, offence paralleling behaviour, sexual offending and trauma- and diversity-informed care.