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There has been a long history of forensic psychology in the Prison Service. Psychologists have also worked in the Probation Service, but, until recently, were not part of a co-ordinated professional structure. This publication describes some of the developments in both areas, and the aims to promote closer working between the services.
It includes four broad and related themes:
- The prison environment from the perspective of forensic psychological practice and research.
- The prevention of harm, which explicitly includes papers on risk assessment, bullying and suicide.
- Three papers on working with prisoners with specialist needs, namely women, young offenders and lifers.
- Five papers on regimes and programmes including papers on therapeutic regimes, prison regimes, cognitive skills programmes, sex offender treatment programmes and a programme for violent offenders.
Graham Towl & Cynthia McDougall
Psychological research in prisons
Bullying in prisons
Suicide and self-injury
Working with women prisoners
Debs Kelland & Pauline McAvoy
Working with young offenders
Alison Dalkin & Sarah Skett
Working with life sentence prisoners
Forensic psychologists' contribution to the development of prison regimes
Cognitive skills programmes
HM Prison Service sex offender programme
Ruth E. Mann & Emma Riches
Violent offender programmes
Managing difficult prisoners
Jacquie Evans & Colin Henson
Psychologists working with Probation Services
Cynthia McDougall & Graham Towl