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NCJ Number: 168168 Find in a Library
Title: Practical Guide to Forensic Psychotherapy
Editor(s): E V Welldon; C Van Velsen
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 319
Sponsoring Agency: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
London, N1 9JN, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85302-389-2
Sale Source: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
118 Pentonville Road
London, N1 9JN,
United Kingdom
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Chapters examine a range of psychopathologies associated with various criminal or potentially criminal behaviors; chapters are presented under the topics of case studies; society, law, and psychiatry; and audit and research.
Abstract: An introductory chapter on forensic psychotherapy notes that it is a new discipline that is the offspring of forensic psychiatry and psychoanalytical psychotherapy. Its aim is the psychodynamic comprehension of the offender and his/her consequent treatment, regardless of the seriousness of the offense. It involves understanding the unconscious as well as the conscious, motivations of the criminal mind, and motivations of particular offense behavior. Management and treatment are discussed in another introductory chapter. Thirty-two case studies focus on the psychodynamics of patients who have engaged in various criminal or deviant behaviors, along with the evolution of psychotherapeutic treatment and its outcome. Some of the behaviors examined are incest, delinquency, sexual abuse, murder, arson, self-mutilating and violent behavior, drug addiction, rape, exhibitionism, voyeurism, prostitution, burglary, fraud, and shoplifting. Four chapters on society, law, and psychiatry consider the forensic psychiatrist's responsibilities within the legal system, with attention to psychological assessments within the legal system, the mentally ill defendant in the adversarial process, and medico-legal ethics in forensic psychotherapy. Two chapters address audit and research in the field of forensic psychotherapy. For individual chapters, see NCJ-168169-206. 269 references and subject and author indexes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Forensic psychiatry; Mentally ill offenders; Offender mental health services; Psychiatric services; Treatment techniques
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. From the series "Forensic Focus," No. 3.
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