This book provides a comprehensive overview of the methods used in the Criminal Justice system in the United States to counsel and treat offenders. It is aimed at advanced undergraduate and early graduate-level students for courses in Correctional Treatment or Rehabilitation, or Community Corrections more broadly.
The sections in the book provide:
· Aims and Scope of Correctional Counseling and Treatment
· Tools that Corrections Workers Use (including counseling and case management)
· Behavioral Modification Treatments: Examples and Applications
· Cognitive Therapies: Examples and Applications
Throughout the text, there is an emphasis on the big picture: the interaction of the correctional component of the justice system with other components, particularly courts (including special courts like family courts, drug courts, veterans courts and other programs).
Chapters in this book address the diverse population of correctional facilities, including juvenile offenders; those with mental illness, addiction and substance abuse problems, physical and mental disabilities; and homeless populations. The author also provides analysis of how legislation influences the corrections process.
This work is also enhanced by providing comparative analysis of the criminal and juvenile justice systems: their goals, objectives, and how these can affect counseling and treatment available within these two systems.
The pedagogical features of this engaging text include excerpted interviews with correctional practitioners about the problems and challenges they encounter, discussion questions, classification of institutions, current examples of specific treatment programs, and case studies that give students the chance to select the appropriate interviewing, counseling, and treatment approaches to deal with the problems, and stresses of applying these methods. Several chapters are co-authored by correctional practitioners.
This work provides students with an overview of the methods used for Correctional Treatment and Counseling, and the tools to begin to think critically about how and when to apply these methods.