Treating Adult and Juvenile Offenders With Special Needs

Pages: 518
Item #: 431746A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-667-2
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Copyright: 2001
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Who are offenders with special needs and what kind of treatment do they need? Offering a unique multi-disciplinary look at mental health services in the correctional field, this book comprehensively examines the field, exploring the history, rights, standards, and treatment in mental health corrections. Loaded with practical information, the book covers what works in the treatment of offenders with special needs, identifies concerns regarding release planning and aftercare, and faces the realities associated with the logistics of prison systems and community settings.

By emphasizing the biological, psychological, and social needs of offenders, this book promotes the development of rehabilitative models for this population based on firm scientific information—not on prejudice or misinformation. This groundbreaking work is an essential resource for those involved with the corrections field, from administrators, attorneys, caseworkers, and criminologists to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and sociologists.

Table of Contents



—José B. Ashford, Bruce D. Sales, and William H. Reid

I. History, Rights, and Standards

  1. Political, Legal, and Professional Challenges to Treating Offenders With Special Needs
    —José B. Ashford, Bruce D. Sales, and William H. Reid
  2. Treatment Rights in Uncertain Legal Times
    —Craig Haney and Donald Specter
  3. National Correctional Health Standards
    —B. Jaye Anno

II. Treating Disordered Offenders

  1. Treating Conduct Disorder, Antisocial, and Psychopathic Personalities
    —Carl B. Gacono, Ron J. Nieberding, Amy Owen, John Rubel, and Robert Bodhodt
  2. Treating Substance Abuse Disorders
    —C. Aaron McNeece, David W. Springer, and Elizabeth M. Arnold
  3. Treating Patients Found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity
    —Randall T. Salekin and Richard Rogers

III. Treating Developmentally and Learning Disabled Offenders

  1. Treatment and Care for Offenders With Mental Retardation
    —Kenneth Day and Thomas Berney
  2. Treating Offenders With Educational Disabilities
    —Robert B. Rutherford Jr., Heather M. Griller-Clark, and Cindy Wheeler Anderson

IV. Treating High-Risk Offenders

  1. Managing and Treating Violent Offenders
    —Ralph C. Serin and Denise L. Preston
  2. Treating Juvenile Sex Offenders
    —Judith V. Becker and Bradley R. Johnson
  3. Research on the Treatment of Adult Sex Offenders
    —Marnie E. Rice, Grant T. Harris, and Vernon L. Quinsey
  4. Preventing, Managing, and Treating Suicidal Actions in High-Risk Offenders
    —André Ivanoff and Lindsay M. Hayes

V. Release Planning and Aftercare

  1. Release Decision Making and Planning
    —John F. Edens and Randy K. Otto
  2. Aftercare and Recidivism Prevention
    —José B. Ashford, Bruce D. Sales, and Craig Winston LeCroy

VI. Systems and Settings

  1. Systems Considerations in Treating Juvenile Offenders With Mental Disorders
    —Craig Winston LeCroy, Phillip Stevenson, and Gordon MacNeil
  2. Administrative Concerns Associated With the Treatment of Offenders With Mental Illness
    —Thomas L. Hafemiester, Susan R. Hall, and Joel A. Dvoskin
  3. Treating Juvenile Offenders in Community Settings
    —Tamara L. Brown, Charles M. Borduin, and Scott W. Henggeler
  4. Adult Offenders and Community Settings: Some Case Examples
    —H. Richard Lamb and Linda E. Weinberger

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Reviews & Awards

In Treating Adult and Juvenile Offenders With Special Needs, José B. Ashford, Bruce D. Sales, and William H. Reid address the confluence of criminal behavior and mental illness. This pathfinding book is startlingly comprehensive. It does not merely summarize scholarly research, it distills it into probing discussions of implications for the treatment of offenders with mental disorders. From policy to practice, community setting to secure setting, and biomedical protocol to social-psychological intervention, chapters apply emerging findings to such topics as standards of care, the design of more effective treatment, release and aftercare planning, and systems considerations in reforming services. The book is also distinguished by affording attention to the special issues—substance abuse, developmental or learning disabilities, violence, and sexual offending—that complicate treatment. This book is at once a comprehensive, practice-oriented text and an exhaustive examination of a witheringly challenging social problem.
—Mark W. Fraser, PhD, Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Social Work

All criminals are not the same. In fact, a large proportion have special needs—disorders of cognition, thought, mood, personality, development, and behavior—that shape the service of justice. Drs. Ashford, Sales, and Reid and their colleagues have written a monumental textbook on the treatment of such individuals. After a century of failed attempts to homogenize criminality and cast such offenders onto the backwaters of philosophical nihilism and practical cynicism, it is about time. Treating Adult and Juvenile Offenders With Special Needs will influence clinical decision making, program planning, and policy formulation for years to come.
—J. Reid Meloy, PhD, Former President, American Academy of Forensic Psychology

This book is a giant step forward in benchmarking where we are and where we have come from in evaluating and treating special offender populations. It is a tremendous resource for both clinicians and academics. Ashford, Sales, Reid, and their contributors are to be strongly commended for demonstrating the value of interdisciplinary scholarship in enhancing our understanding of society's most challenging dysfunctional and, at times, dangerous citizens. This superbly edited text is must-reading for all forensic-mental-health trainees.
—James Cavanaugh Jr., MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois

This book, whose editors and authors are among the most respected practitioners in their fields, offers an encyclopedic coverage of its subject matter. The book's particular strength is that it presents a much-needed multidisciplinary approach to the field. Both newcomers and the most experienced practitioners will find much of value here.
—Richard Rosner, MD, Medical Director, Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, and Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine