Care of the Mentally Disordered Offender in the Community (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198804567

Alec Buchanan; Lisa Wootton
384 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
May 2017
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The thoroughly revised second edition of Care of the Mentally Disordered Offender in the Community is a comprehensive, evidence-based guide to the latest developments in the social context, management, and treatment of offenders in mental health care. In recent years there has been significant changes in the public perception of crime and the mentally ill offender, enhanced by research into causal links between violence and mental illness, and the increased publicity of the risk mentally disordered offenders could pose to the community. These, and other various factors, have significantly increased service development and research into psychological and pharmacological treatments and the rate of re-offending. Over three sections this essential guide explores key topics for discussion in the field. Part One critically examines the social, administrative and clinical context within which care is given in the modern day. Part Two discusses treatment and the evaluation of risk when determining the most appropriate treatment, whilst Part Three explores psychiatric services and their relationship with other agencies. Fully updated to ensure new areas for discussion are included, this book includes new chapters on relevant debates in the field such as US provision for the mentally disordered leaving prison, community management of sexual offending, the relationships between care and coercion, and the treatment of personality disorders. Written and edited by a global team of experts in the field, this book provides readers with useful insight into the social, clinical, and institutional contexts of this complex and relevant issue.


The social, administrative, and clinical context
1 Nikolas Rose: Society, madness, and control
2 Jane Senior, Adrian Hayes, and Jenny Shaw: UK health policy in relation to mentally disordered offenders in the community
3 Jeffrey W. Swanson, Marvin S. Swartz, and Daniel D. Mosele: US outpatient commitment in context: when is it ethical and how can we tell?
4 Jo Beswick and Michael Gunn: The law in England and Wales on mental health treatment in the community
5 David A. D'Amora, Mai P. Tran, and Fred Osher: Achieving positive outcomes for justice-involved individuals with behavioral health disorders
6 Joan Busfield: Psychiatric disorder and individual violence: evidence and perceptions

The provision of care
7 Merrill Rotter, Virginia Barber-Rioja, and Faith Schombs: Recovery and recidivism reduction for offenders with mental illness: need identification and associated interventions
8 Nikki Jeffcote and Jackie Craissati: Treatment and management of personality disordered offenders in the community
9 Derek K. Tracy and Fiona Gaughran: Treatment with medication: side effects, adherence and risk
10 Kingsley Norton and Cleo Van Velsen: Out-patient psychotherapeutic approaches with mentally-disordered offenders
11 John M. W. Bradford, Giovana V de Amorim Levin, Adekunle Ahmed, and Sanjiv Gulati: Sex offender treatment
12 Alec Buchanan and Michael A. Norko: Violence risk in community settings

Services, policies, and controversy
13 Alec Buchanan, Steve Kisely, Daniel Moseley, Jorun Rugkasa, Jeffrey Swanson, Marvin Swartz: Community psychiatric treatment under legal mandates: the international experience
14 John Dawson and Tom Burns: Avoiding legal barriers to transition of mentally disordered offenders to general mental health care
15 James McGuire and Lisa Wootton: Multiple agencies with diverse goals
16 Frank Holloway and Tony Davies: The community mental health team and the mentally disordered offender
17 Lisa Wootton, Tom Fahy, Simon Wilson, and Alec Buchanan: The interface of general psychiatric and forensic psychiatric services: clinical management

About the author: 

Alec Buchanan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Division of Law and Psychiatry, New Haven, CT, USA.; Lisa Wootton is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK and Honorary Researcher at the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopment Science, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.

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