"This book provides an excellent introduction, planner, guide, and resource for mental health and criminal justice professionals who want to help offenders change their behavior. The authors’ approach is grounded in CBT, which is empirically proven to be the most effective intervention with this population, whether in justice-controlled settings or in the community. I highly recommend it.”Bruce D. Sales, PhD, JD, ScD (h.c.), Virginia L. Roberts Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Indiana University Bloomington "Tafrate, Mitchell, and Simourd have done a first-rate job of balancing the need for structured learning and professional discretion in this treatment planner. The book is clearly written and filled with helpful tips and practical exercises that can be used to help a wide range of justice-involved clients make prosocial changes. Students of correctional rehabilitation and staff who work with offenders, whether just beginning their career or highly experienced, will want this valuable resource on their shelves."James Bonta, PhD, Director (retired), Corrections Research, Public Safety Canada; coauthor of The Psychology of Criminal Conduct "This exceptionally well-structured guide builds on CBT to provide step-by-step information for treatment of justice-involved clients. The discussions of cognitive restructuring, motivational interviewing, risk reduction, and managing anger episodes are especially helpful. The book is jam-packed with practical examples of what to say and do, in the form of sample scripts and therapeutic responses. It is nicely suited for courses in correctional, mental health, and rehabilitation counseling, as well as for psychology and social work programs that address behavior change in the criminal justice system."Stanley L. Brodsky, PhD, Professor Emeritus and Scholar in Residence, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama "This book represents a landmark in the application of CBT principles to the problems of people involved in the criminal justice system. The authors have developed a well-formulated, scientifically based theory on the cognitive vulnerabilities to these clients’ behavioral problems. Their approach to treatment is novel, creative, and exciting. This is a 'must-read' book for all those working with such populations."Raymond A. DiGiuseppe, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, St. John’s University; past president, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies "Justice-involved clients present some of the least-addressed diversity challenges in all of mental health. With impeccable clinical credentials and top research pedigrees, Tafrate et al. present a masterful integration of evidence-based practices in this bookone of those rare works that spans theoretical foundations and actionable techniques. This book would serve as an excellent text for intervention courses with a focus on community mental health and diversity. If we could get every mental health practitioner who works with justice-involved clients to read about and implement this approach, we could alter our current criminalization of mental illness."Christopher M. Weaver, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Forensic Psychology Program, Palo Alto University "This impressive treatment planner deftly addresses the challenges and complexities of doing psychotherapeutic work in forensic contexts and provides rich tools for assessment, treatment, and practice management. It expertly guides the reader in the clinical application of CBT principles and techniques for working with the multifaceted psychological and behavioral problems of clients in various sectors of the justice system. The book is filled with case examples, offers scripts throughout that are easily adapted for personal use, and contains marvelous reproducible worksheets to assist in treatment planning, as well as 'helpsheets' to boost clients' self-monitoring skills and facilitate therapeutic change in goals, cognitions, and behaviors. Clinicians learn strategies for integrating case formulation with judgments about risk and identifying treatment targets across criminal risk domains."Raymond W. Novaco, PhD, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine "This book is innovative, extremely informative, and chock-full of exercises, scripts, and clear advice on the 'whats' and 'hows' of treatment planning and implementation. The authors are to be commended for their evidence-based conceptualization of high-risk clients that many consider to be the most difficult to reach. Beginning with forensic basics and relevant techniques of motivational interviewing, readers are shown how to help clients identify their values and enter into the process of change. The authors recommend ways to deal with realities such as clients who cling to criminogenic thought patterns, have poor employment prospects, or lack prosocial friends or family. This program offers real hope of effective behavioral change, brighter futures for clients, and a safer world for us all. This is an essential text for any graduate-level practicum placement that serves justice-involved and at-risk juveniles or adults, and a great resource for experienced CBT therapists."Denise D. Davis, PhD, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book provides techniques for using cognitive-behavior therapy with clients involved in the justice system. The authors explore motivational interviewing, assessment, treatment planning, and practice management. It is part of the Treatment Plans and Interventions for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy series.
Purpose: According the preface, "this treatment planner is designed as a practical resource providing structure, guidance, and skills for working effectively with justice-involved clients (JICs)."
Audience: The obvious target audience is clinicians working with justice-involved clients. The authors are credible authorities. Raymond Chip Tafratet, a professor at Central Connecticut State University, is a fellow and supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Damon Mitchell, also a professor at Central Connecticut State University, has published on forensic assessment and treatment. David J. Simourd, in private practice in Canada, is on the editorial board of Criminal Justice and Behavior.
Features: The book begins with an introduction to forensic treatment, discussing the difference between treatment in the community and treatment in custody. For clients in custody, the focus is usually on personality pathology, especially antisocial personality disorder. The ultimate goal is risk reduction as opposed to symptom reduction. The authors use a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach to address various criminal risk domains including criminogenic thinking, dysfunctional family relationships, substance abuse, and anger dysregulation. Part II on engagement notes the importance of engaging the client in the early sessions so open-ended questions are the key, with fact gathering occurring in later sessions. Part III describes the assessment process, which begins with gathering pertinent information and later distilling it to form a treatment plan. The treatment plan should focus on criminal risk domains relevant for the client. Clinicians consider the causes and maintenance of criminal behavior. It is critical to evaluate "change talk" versus "sustain talk". Hopefully, "change talk" can be reinforced, which is correlated with actual behavioral changes. Treatment plans look to address criminogenic thinking and antisocial decision making in some detail. The risks-thoughts-decisions sequences can add enlightenment to this process. Clients complete "the thinking helpsheet," which helps them monitor specific criminogenic thought processes in between sessions. One worthwhile objective is to understand a client's daily routine, including level of risk and level of enjoyment. Vocational training will help clients learn marketable skills in the community. The social network of clients should be evaluated. Finally, substance abuse habits can lead a client back to prison. Triggers must be analyzed, along with anger dysregulation. Positive coping skills can help clients with these issues. The book ends with suggestions for report writing. Proper documentation is a critical part of the clinician's work, and should be clear and simple. Clients need useful feedback presented in language they can understand. The book is easy to read and contains numerous tables, figures, scripts, and forms, which will add greatly to one's clinical practice. Purchasers can go to the publisher's website where they can download and print reproducible materials.
Assessment: This book does a good job of addressing an important issue in the criminal justice system. The authors give clinicians tools to deal with antisocial personality traits and criminogenic thought processes using cognitive behavioral therapy. It is a great resource which should be in the libraries of therapists working in prisons, jails, and probation offices.