Handbook of Forensic Mental Health with Victims and Offenders: Assessment, Treatment, and Research [NOOK Book]


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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

Together for the first time; all your forensic social work best practice needs in one volume!

"...a vitally important addition to this emerging and essential body of knowledge. This compelling publication places between two covers a broad collection of informative, original essays on core issues in forensic social work. This engaging volume offers readers keen insights into forensic practice related to child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, suicide, psychiatric care and mental illness, juvenile justice, adult corrections, addictions, trauma, and restorative justice."

--from the foreword by Frederic G. Reamer, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College

From expert testimony advice to treating HIV-positive incarcerated women, this handbook contains the most current research and tested field practices for child welfare through adulthood in the civil and criminal system.

Encompassing a wide range of treatments, roles, specialized practices, research, and diagnoses, the Handbook of Forensic Mental Health With Victims and Offenders will guide practicing professionals through the forensic social work issues they encounter on a daily basis, such as:

  • Prevention of prisoners' sudden deaths

  • Expert witness testimony in child welfare and women battering

  • Treatment of dually diagnosed adolescents

  • The overrepresentation of African-Americans incarcerated for juvenile delinquency

  • Jail mental health services for adults

  • Drug courts and PTSD in inmates with substance abuse histories

  • Recidivism prevention

  • Basic tasks in post-trauma intervention with victims and offenders

  • Culture and gender considerations in restorative justice

Edited by Dr. Albert R. Roberts and Dr. David W. Springer, with contributions by leaders in the field, this handbook should top the list of must-have publications for all forensic social workers.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This is a fairly extensive handbook covering assessment and treatment with both juvenile and adult offenders, along with risk assessment and restorative justice (victim-offender) mediation.
Purpose: In the preface, the editors describe their purpose as providing "an authoritative resource on the delivery of evidence-based forensic mental health services with victims, offenders, and their families," noting, "the common thread that binds together the 25 chapters in this book is a collective response to the overarching question: What is being done to advocate for, and deliver, critically needed mental health interventions and social services to perpetrators and survivors of serious and violent crimes?"
Audience: The book is written for administrators, professionals, educators, and students in social work, psychology, and criminal justice. The editors and contributors are credible authorities. Dr. Springer is the associate dean for academic affairs, graduate advisor, and a university distinguished teaching professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. He is on the editorial board of several professional journals and has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Roberts is a professor of social work at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University and has authored or edited over 30 books. They describe the contributors as a team of 45 justice, forensic, and mental health experts.
Features: After an introduction and overview in the first section, the remaining four sections review forensic risk assessment, roles, and specialized practices; juvenile justice process, assessment, and treatment; forensic services and programs for adult offenders; and restorative justice. The book is easy to read and practical, covering both juvenile and adult offenders with a nice section on restorative justice. It combines research with clinical practice and includes informative tables. Interesting chapters include those on risk assessment in the context of child maltreatment and domestic violence; psychopathic traits in juveniles; and cultural and gender considerations in restorative justice. The final chapter encourages the field of social work to develop educational curriculum for those individuals who want to work in the criminal justice field. The chapter author notes, "Enough social workers are working in justice settings to justify setting up an educational specialization in this area. It should not be fractionated into numerous subspecialties like forensics, probation, penal institutions, and so on. This would only perpetuate the problem that it would be designed to correct."
Assessment: There are no easy answers in this field, but the book provides social workers with tools in order to make their work more effective. It covers both assessment and treatment, supported by relevant research. This book would be a valuable acquisition for any social worker, especially those working in the criminal justice system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826101136
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/16/2007
  • Series: Springer Series on Social Work
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,214,877
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

David W. Springer (PhD, LCSW), is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate Advisor, and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology. Dr. Springer has conducted research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. His areas of interest include clinical assessment and intervention with adolescents and families; evidence-based substance abuse and mental health treatment with youth; applied psychometric theory and scale development; juvenile delinquency; intervention research with adolescents; and leadership in social work higher education. Dr. Springer currently serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He is a co-author, with Dr. C. Aaron McNeece and Dr. Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold, of Substance Abuse Treatment for Criminal Offenders: An Evidence-Based Guide for Practitioners and has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and reports that coalesce around assessment and intervention with troubled adolescents and their families.

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Table of Contents


, Frederic G. Reamer


  1. Section I: Introduction
  2. Forensic Social Work in the 21st Century, David W. Springer and Albert R. Roberts
  3. Section II: Forensic Risk Assessment, Roles, and Specialized Practices

  4. Double Jeopardy: Risk Assessment in the Context of Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence, Aron Shlonsky and Colleen Friend
  5. Prevention of Prisoner Sudden Deaths: Safety Guidelines and Suicide Screening Protocols, Kenneth R. Yeager and Albert R. Roberts
  6. Forensic Social Work and Expert Witness Testimony in Child Welfare, Carlton E. Munson
  7. Expert Testimony on Woman Battering and Its Effects, Evan Stark
  8. The Role of the Forensic Social Worker in Developing Mitigation Evidence, John P. Niland
  9. Emerging Trends in Batterer Intervention Programming: Equipping Forensic Workers for Effective Practice, Fred Buttell and Michelle Mohr Carney
  10. Section III: Juvenile Justice Process, Assessment, and Treatment

  11. Treatment Effectiveness With Dually Diagnosed Adolescents: Implications for Juvenile Offenders, Kimberly Bender, Johnny S. Kim, and David W. Springer
  12. Forensic Practices and Serving Dually Diagnosed Youth Involved With the Juvenile Justice System, Gerald Landsberg and Jo Rees
  13. Psychopathic Traits in Juveniles, Diana Falkenbach
  14. Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Rolling with Resistance: Motivational Interviewing in Juvenile Justice Settings, Sarah W. Feldstein and Joel I.D. Ginsburg
  15. From Augustus to BARJ: The Evolving Role of Social Work in Juvenile Justice, Jonathan B. Singer
  16. Social Work in Juvenile Courts, Allison Benesch, F. Carole Bryant, and Richard LaVallo
  17. Multisystemic Treatment of Serious Clinical Problems in Youths and Their Families, Scott W. Henggeler, Ashli J. Sheidow, and Terry Lee
  18. Treatment of Mentally Ill Juvenile Offenders, Lisa Rapp-Paglicci
  19. Overrepresentation of African Americans Incarcerated for Delinquency Offences in Juvenile Institutions, James Herbert Williams, Peter S. Hovmand, and Charlotte L. Bright
  20. Section IV: Forensic Services and Programs for Adult Offenders

  21. Drug Courts, Steven Belenko, David DeMatteo, and Nicholas Patapis
  22. Jail Mental Health Services, Diane S. Young
  23. Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Inmates With Histories of Substance Abuse, Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak and Isabel M. Rose
  24. Best Practices with HIV Infected/Affected Incarcerated Women, Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, Michele A. Rountree, and Danielle E. Parrish
  25. Aftercare and Recidivism Prevention, Jose B. Ashford, Bruce D. Sales, and Craig Winston LeCroy
  26. Section V: Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender Mediation

  27. Victim-Offender Mediation and Forensic Practice, Marilyn Peterson Armour and Mark S. Umbreit
  28. Restorative Justice: Cultural and Gender Considerations
  29. Posttrauma Intervention: Basic Tasks, Gary Behrman and William H. Reid
  30. Epilogue: Social Work and Criminal Justice? Harris Chaiklin

Author Index

Subject Index

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