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Offence Paralleling Behaviour. A Case Formulation Approach to Offender Assessment and Intervention. Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology

  • ID: 2171669
  • Book
  • September 2010
  • 364 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Assessing an offender's risk is an important aspect of the forensic clinical psychologist's work. A large number of well–designed studies have been conducted into which features of offenders and offences predict reconviction. This book describes an emergent framework that targets signs of persistent pathology within offenders, or Offence Paralleling Behaviour (OPB). The book describes how these OPBs can be identified and used in risk assessment and treatment planning. The OPB framework is an individualised assessment framework; it presents a useful addition to structured risk assessment methods and formal treatment programming, both of which dominate contemporary forensic psychological practice.

The editors have drawn together leading academics engaged in individualised case formulation with offenders, and frontline clinicians from a range of disciplines and theoretical orientations. Combined, they present methods which allow staff to identify and use OPB in clinical practice. The result is a book which presents clinicians and clinical academics with both a practical and theoretical understanding of OPB. In addition, it provides stimulus for empirical research and further conceptual and theoretical refinement of the OPB framework.
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About the Editors.

List of Contributors.


Series Editors' Preface.

Editors' Preface.



1 History of the Offence Paralleling Behaviour Construct and Related Concepts (Lawrence Jones).

2 Case Formulation in Forensic Psychology (Peter Sturmey).

3 Distinctions within Distinctions: The Challenges of Heterogeneity and Causality in the Formulation and Treatment of Violence (Kevin Howells).


4 Approaches to Developing OPB Formulations (Lawrence Jones).

5 Offence Paralleling Behaviour and Multiple Sequential Functional Analysis (David M. Gresswell and David L. Dawson).

6 A Structured Cognitive Behavioural Approach to the Assessment and Treatment of Violent Offenders Using Offence Paralleling Behaviour (Michael Daffern).

7 Applying the Concept of Offence Paralleling Behaviour to Sex Offender Assessment in Secure Settings (Ruth E. Mann, David Thornton, Simone Wakama, Maisie Dyson and David Atkinson).

8 Functional Consistency in Female Forensic Psychiatric Patients: An Action System Theory Approach (Katarina Fritzon and Sarah Miller).

9 The Assessment and Treatment of Offence Paralleling Behaviours in Young Offenders: Added Complications or Greater Opportunities for Change? (Zainab Al–Attar).

10 Offence Analogue Behaviours as Indicators of Criminogenic Need and Treatment Progress in Custodial Settings (Audrey Gordon and Stephen C.P. Wong).

11 Institutional Offence Behaviour Monitoring as an Aid to Community Supervision of High–Risk Offenders: Experience from Multi–Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Cynthia McDougall, Dominic Pearson, Roger Bowles and Judith Cornick).

12 Working with Offence Paralleling Behaviour in a Therapeutic Community Setting (John Shine).

13 A Qualitative Exploration of Offence Paralleling Behaviour: A Prison–based Democratic Therapeutic Community Resident's Perspective (Natalie Bond and Gail Steptoe–Warren).

14 Unlocking Offence Paralleling Behaviour in a Custodial Setting a Personal Perspective from Members of Staff and a Resident in a Forensic Therapeutic Community (Helen Dowdswell, Geraldine Akerman and Lawrence).

15 Psychiatric Nurses Working with Offence Paralleling Behaviour (Trish Martin).

16 Offenders with Severe Personality Disorder and 'Lifestyle Paralleling Behaviours' (Corinne Spearing, Victoria Wasteney and Phil Morgan).

17 Substance Misuse Paralleling Behaviour in Detained Offenders (Glen Thomas and John Hodge).

18 Evaluating Individual Change (Jason Davies, Lawrence Jones and Kevin Howells).

19 A Psychodynamic Perspective on Offence Paralleling Behaviour (Cleo Van Velsen).


20 Summary and Future Directions (Lawrence Jones, Michael Daffern and John Shine).

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The OPB framework is a major contribution to applied research and clinical practice so, in my opinion, this book should be viewed as essential reading for anyone working with offender populations.  (Criminal Behaviour & Mental Health, 10 April 2014)
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