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NCJ Number: 185809 Find in a Library
Title: Treatment Resistance in Corrections
Journal: Forum on Corrections Research  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:May 2000  Pages:24-28
Author(s): Denise L. Preston
Date Published: May 2000
Page Count: 5
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article examines treatment resistance in corrections.
Abstract: The article discusses sources of resistance, presents strategies to reduce resistance, and describes treatment engagement strategies used in a specific Correctional Service of Canada intervention, the Persistently Violent Offender treatment program. Client variables related to treatment resistance can be classified as: disorder, personality, behavioral, fears, and self-serving. Treatment variables also can affect resistance: cultural disparities between clients and clinicians, clinicians' misinterpretation of clients' behavior or clinicians' response in a way that exacerbates the situation. The article describes strategies to reduce resistance as well as issues related to forensic populations and settings. The Persistently Violent Offender Treatment Program is a multi-year, multi-site non-residential treatment program currently offered in two medium-security institutions in Canada. It targets offenders having at least three convictions for violent (non-sexual) offenses. It is based on a social problem-solving theoretical framework and is delivered according to cognitive-behavioral principles during 16 weeks of half-time participation. Clinicians selected for the program are screened for personal suitability. Notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Canada; Corrections in foreign countries; Counselors; Program evaluation; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment intervention model; Treatment offender matching; Treatment techniques; Violent offenders
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