Number 24 in the Forensic Focus series
Paperback: £29.99 / $42.95
2003, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-093-5, BIC 2: JMK MMF
`Woods promotes a multi-systematic therapy, incorporating cognitive behaviour and psychoanalytic approaches, in the context of a supportive reliable placement. Rather than idealise one therapeutic approach, Woods encourages practitioners to communicate openly. This provides an antidote to the closed structures and perpetuate abuse… Woods considers the developmental stage and emotional needs of young people as well as the need to focus on behaviour. This book is a hopeful one.'
John Woods presents a theoretical approach and practical suggestions for mental health practitioners working therapeutically with young people who have abused. Drawing on his long-standing experience, he has developed an integrated theory that bridges the gap between existing cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytic approaches. He shows how this individual treatment model can be applied in a range of contexts including residential settings, group and family work, as well as in individual work.
In-depth case studies throughout the book demonstrate how exploring the individual's whole life-course within a psychoanalytic framework enables connections to be drawn between possible childhood abuse and subsequent abusive behaviour. Guidelines are presented on working with the problems of self-destructiveness, masochism and depression facing the young abused/abuser and the impact of sexual abuse on sexuality, gender identity and sexual orientation. This is an instructive and thought-provoking text for all mental health practitioners and allied professionals working with adolescents who sexually offend.
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