Reading List

Module Speakers Dr Jamie Bennett  Understanding Prison Staff Publisher: Willan - 2007 Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment Publisher: Willan - 2007 Handbook on Prisons Publisher: Routledge - 2016 Dr Ronald Doctor Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management Publisher: Karnac Books 2003 Murder; a psychotherapeutic investigation Publisher: Karnac Books 2008 Dr Sandra M Grant Mutative Metaphors in Psychotherapy: the Aeolian Mode By Murray Cox and Alice Theilgaard London: Tavistock Social Science Paperback. Publisher: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - 1990 Politics and Planning in the National Health Service Publisher: Open University Press - 1990 Personal Issues Facing the Psychotherapist in the [...]

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Seminal Papers

Bateman, A. & Fonagy, P. (2008) Eight-year followup of patients treated for borderline personality disorder: mentalization-based treatment versus treatment as usual. American Journal of Psychiatry. 165:631-638. Objective This study evaluated the effect of mentalization-based treatment by partial hospitalization compared to treatment as usual for borderline personality disorder 8 years after entry into a randomized, controlled trial and 5 years after all mentalization-based treatment was complete. Conclusions Patients with 18 months of mentalization-based treatment by partial hospitalization followed by 18 months of maintenance mentalizing group therapy remain better than those receiving treatment as usual, but their general social function remains impaired. Bateman, [...]

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Aetiology of Forensic Psychopathology

Aetiology is "the study of the causes of disease." (Reber and Reber, 2001) The concept originates in a medical model that looks predominantly at biological factors, for example the genetic basis of bipolar disorder. This is broadened within the psychiatric model to include aspects of the environment, which would include psychological or social factors. There is a risk when employing the medical model of attributing the cause of a mood disorder to biology, rather than recognizing biological factors as contributing to an individual's affective experience, alongside environmental factors. (Bartlett, 2010) Spitzer and Wilson (1975) explored whether psychiatric disorders can justifiably be [...]

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Forensic psychotherapy – history and theoretical schools of thought

Forensic psychotherapy "is a bridge between traditional forensic psychiatry with a major focus on diagnosis and risk, and traditional psychotherapy with a focus on understanding why things happen." (Welldon, 2015b) Williams (1991) examines the difficulties in bridging these disciplines. Eastman (1993: 28) noted that "in a specialty where there is an extraordinary level of psychopathology, as well as of childhood deprivation and abuse, it seems extraordinary that the (forensic) establishment has paid so little attention to the psychopathological understanding and psychotherapy". Forensic Psychotherapy seeks to understand the unconscious motivations of the offender's antisocial behaviours, with the objective of preventing their repetition, [...]

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Treatment approaches to forensic psychopathology – psychodynamic, CBT

Estela Welldon (1993) states simply that whilst society strongly supports the treatment of victims, the same does not apply to offenders. In the Mikado, the librettist W. S. Gilbert coined the phrase "let the punishment fit the crime", which Dr Estela Welldon transposed to "let the treatment fit the crime". This latter approach is axiomatic of an evidence-based paradigm, which will guide the discussion of treatment approaches for this paper, though will not exclude those treatments where an evidence base is still being assembled. In terms of the availability of treatment for offenders, a recent report by the Centre for Mental [...]

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Forensic psychopathology – a summary of disorders, e.g. personal disorder, psychopathy

Numerous studies have indicated a higher prevalence's of psychiatric disorders in prisoners than in the general population. (Hollin, 1989; Singleton et al, 1998; Singleton et al, 1999; Fazel & Danesh, 2002) However, it is a common misconception that mental illness and offending behaviour are closely related. (Gunn, 1977). Higgins (1995) cautions that the relationship between mental ill health and offending behaviour is complex, and can be oversimplified. "Even severe psychopathology, for which treatment in hospital may be advised, will rarely provide a complete explanation for the offending behaviour." (ibid: 53) A study of 3,142 prisoners in England ands Wales by the [...]

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