Forensic psychotherapy

Yakeley, Jessica (2021) Forensic psychotherapy. In: Seminars in the Psychotherapies. RCPSYCH College Seminars Series . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 259-272. ISBN 978-1108711838

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Forensic psychotherapy is the application of psychological knowledge to the assessment, treatment and management of mentally disordered offenders and patients who commit violent or destructive acts against others or themselves. Forensic psychotherapy creates a bridge between forensic psychiatry with its main focus on mental illness and risk, and psychoanalytical psychotherapy which aims to understand the conscious and unconscious motivations of offender or forensic patient [1]. Forensic psychotherapy emerged from a psychoanalytic theoretical framework, which continues to be its predominant influence, although its remit has widened to encompass other psychodynamic approaches, including group psychotherapy and therapeutic community approaches, and it is also influenced by the related disciplines of psychology, criminology, sociology, ethology, neuroscience, philosophy and ethics.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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