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Work more effectively with DWI offenders!

This valuable book provides current information on the psychological, social-demographic, and psychiatric characteristics of DWI offenders. It also will provide you with up-to-date assessment strategies that can be employed with offenders, who characteristically are resistant to such assessment.

Until now, books written on this subject have focused purely on research that has been done with offenders. This book, however, provides both theoretical and applied strategies for working with this very difficult population in clinical/treatment settings. Assessment and Treatment of the DWI Offender provides practical treatment approaches such that will help you manage client resistance and incorporate family members and significant others into the treatment process to more effectively treat offenders.

Assessment and Treatment of the DWI Offender examines:

  • the important variables that separate DWI offenders from alcoholics in general, as well as the “normal” population
  • patterns of drinking behavior among offenders
  • the magnitude of the DWI problem in the United States
  • the history of the DWI countermeasures movement
  • prevention and public education organizations such as SADD, MADD, the Partners in Progress program, the College Binge Drinking Initiative, and more
  • enforcement techniques like breath testing, standardized field sobriety tests, on-site drug detection devices, etc.
  • problems with the tools and techniques that are currently being used to address this issue
  • interviewing techniques that work with DWI offenders
  • more!
Intended primarily for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who work with DWI offenders and packed with helpful and easy-to-read statistical charts and tables, this book is also essential for graduate students in psychology, social work, chemical dependency, or any of the helping professions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789008701
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Drinking and Driving in the United States: The Scope of the Problem
  • Introduction
  • History of the DWI Countermeasures Movement
  • Overview of the Scope of the Problem
  • Characteristics of the Problem
  • The Countermeasure Initiatives and Their Impact
  • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Psychological Characteristics of DWI Offenders
  • Who Are the DWI Offenders?
  • Personality Characteristics
  • Psychiatric Correlates
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Chapter 3. Profile Differences Between DWI Offenders and Alcoholics, and Other Demographic Variables
  • Demographic Variables
  • Drinking Behavior Among DWI Offenders
  • Drug Use Among DWI Offenders
  • Estimates of Alcoholism
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Assessment and Diagnostic Issues
  • Problems with Current Measures
  • Solutions to the Screening Dilemma
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 5. Assessment and Diagnostic Measures and Tools
  • Structured Interview Format
  • Questionnaires and Inventories
  • The Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • Chapter 6. Alcohol Countermeasures
  • Deterrence versus Treatment
  • Legislation
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration
  • Sanctions
  • Assessment, Referral Criteria, and Incentives
  • Program Descriptions
  • Preventing Recidivism
  • Chapter 7. Resistance Issues in the Treatment of the DWI Offender
  • Resistance and the DWI Offender
  • Managing Resistance
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Treatment Strategies, Part 1
  • Issues in Treatment
  • Overview of Treatment Issues
  • Ethical Questions
  • Profile Differences and Diversity: Implications for Treatment
  • Summary
  • Chapter 9. Treatment Strategies, Part 2
  • Program Design Element
  • Innovations
  • Program Content
  • Clinical Issues
  • Counselor Effectiveness
  • Credentialing Issues
  • Summary
  • Chapter 10. Treating the Family of the DWI Offender
  • Establishing the Need for Family Involvement
  • Reactions of the Family to the DWI Event
  • Family Members in Treatment
  • Variations on a Theme
  • Practical Treatment Suggestions
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Chapter 11. Where We Are—Where We Are Going
  • Appendix A. Traffic Safety Facts 1998—State Alcohol Estimates
  • Appendix B. Samples of Forms and Contracts Adapted for the DWI Offender
  • Aftercare Prep Exercise
  • Abstinence Lecture
  • Discussion Exercise
  • Group Process Sheet
  • Sentence Completion
  • Group Ground Rules
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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