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Mad or Bad?: A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology

Mad or Bad?: A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology

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July 2017 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Is an offender with mental health problems fully responsible for their offences? Should certain criminal behaviors be treated with incarceration and rehabilitation—or counseling and psychotherapy? Mad or Bad? asks these questions, and more. It is a cutting-edge text that provides a comprehensive introduction to mental health problems and criminal behavior, and considers the most common and effective therapeutic approaches for working with offenders and victims of crime.
  • Part 1 explores the predominant tensions between forensic and therapeutic agendas;
  • Part 2 considers how criminal and ‘insane’ identities and careers may be considered gendered, classed, culturally, and age-dependent experiences, and be related to power and oppression;
  • Part 3 examines issues around sex and sexuality in forensic and therapeutic settings;
  • Part 4 introduces a range of therapeutic approaches for working with offenders and victims of crime;
  • Part 5 covers forensic and therapeutic practices, including programs for the prevention of both mental health issues and offending.
Edited by an expert team from the Open University and written by a broad range of contributors, this book draws on a wealth of experience in this popular subject area. It will be a key text for students of forensic psychology, counseling and psychotherapy, and for health and social care professionals working in therapeutic and forensic settings.

Part I: Mad or bad? - Setting the scene
Andreas Vossler, Catriona Havard, Meg-John Barker, Graham Pike, Bianca Raabe and Zoe Walkington
Working therapeutically in forensic settings
Catriona Havard and Katherine D. Watson
Historical overview
Troy Cooper and Simon Cross
Media representations
David Pilgrim
Diagnosis and categorisation
Part II: Mad/bad identities
Hári Sewell
Jane E.M. Callaghan and Joanne H. Alexander
Emily Glorney
Daniel Holman
Part III: Sex and sexuality in mental health and crime
Tara N. Richards and Joan A. Reid
Sexual assault and abuse
Amanda O'Donovan
Sex and sexuality in the therapy room
Jemma Tosh
Allan Tyler
Sex work
Part IV: Treatment
Mary Haley
Attachment-based approaches
Matt Bruce
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Andreas Vossler, Brigitte Squire and Clare Bingham
Systemic approaches
Meg-John Barker and Troy Cooper
Part V: Dichotomies in forensic and therapeutic practice
Nadia Wager
Andrew Reeves and Paul Taylor
Self-harm and suicide
Henry Strick van Linschoten
Nadia Wager and Graham Pike

While the title of the book will either attract or repel potential readers, undertaking a critical review of counselling and forensic psychology is to be welcomed. Contributions by expert psychotherapists and clinical, counselling and forensic psychologists working in a multiplicity of forensic settings alongside academics, many with practitioner experience, ensures that a range of views, disciplines and approaches are fully explored.  With chapters covering issues such as media representations, identities, sexual offending, diagnosis, treatment, therapeutic practice and prevention, this book is a highly recommended read for students, academics and practitioners interested in mental health and its relationship with criminality.

Professor Michael Brookes OBE
Professor of Forensic Psychology, Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist, Former Director of Therapeutic Communities, HMP Grendon

This collection sheds new light on the problems of people with mental health difficulties in the criminal justice system. It carefully shows that we cannot just label people as "mad" or "bad" but must instead consider a complex set of interacting social, psychological, legal and circumstantial factors, in order to understand how people become caught up in crime. This outstanding book will be essential reading for students or anyone interested in the complicated relationship between mental health, contemporary social life and criminal justice.

Dr Joel Harvey
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, King's College London

A quite remarkable and very well-researched book, in both its range and depth of exploring how our legal and psychiatric systems are used to control people who are different. The tensions between punishment and treatment are thoroughly examined. Critical socio-psychology at its finest!

Dominic Davies
Founder, Pink Therapy

A really interesting perspective is taken on the overlap between Forensic and Counselling Psychology, with contributions for experts in the field and use of contemporary research. A thought-provoking read.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
July 4, 2017

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