Disabling Perversions: Forensic Psychotherapy with People with Intellectual Disabilities

Author(s) : Alan Corbett

Disabling Perversions: Forensic Psychotherapy with People with Intellectual Disabilities

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 35519
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782201632
  • ISBN 10 : 1782201637

Reviews and Endorsements

‘This remarkable book is unique not just in the field of forensic psychotherapy, but in the wider field of mainstream therapy. Through its vivid mix of case studies, analytic theory, and clinical research, Alan Corbett has shone a light on a neglected and misunderstood patient population. The forensic world has been in need of a book as detailed, rigorous, and compassionate as this one.’
— Dr Estela Welldon, MD DSc (Hon), FRCPsych, founder and Honorary Life President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy

‘I strongly recommend this book to all therapists and other mental health professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities. It is a compelling read in which the author has brought difficult theoretical ideas to life with rich patient narratives, and contains wonderful insights into the inner lives and struggles of so many disabled men and women.’
— Professor the Baroness Sheila Hollins, psychiatrist and independent crossbench peer

‘Drawing on ideas from various schools of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytical group therapy, Corbett challenges the traditional shibboleths about the inability of the learning disabled to benefit from insight gained through verbal communication. An important contribution to the study of the social unconscious and the relationship between the body and the mind, this narrative of heroic psychotherapy gives me a renewed sense of hope for the future of our profession.’
— Dr Earl Hopper, PhD, psychoanalyst, group analyst, organisational consultant, and past President of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy

‘This rich book is full of valuable insights and fascinating clinical vignettes that make the work come alive. His approach is practical, realistic, and humane: emphasising the external world of human rights, care workers, and families as much as the internal world of phantasy and projection. Although focussing on offender patients, I really recommend this book to all psychotherapists; I came away better informed and determined to try and do better by the learning-disabled offenders I meet in future.’
— Dr Gwen Adshead, forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Ravenswood medium secure unit, Southern Health Foundation Trust

‘This seminal, long-awaited book is essential for all those who seek to understand, support, work with, or manage children and adults with intellectual disabilities who abuse others. Alan Corbett combines rigorous analytic theoretical and clinical understanding, with management, academic, and social work strengths. He deals with the individual, the group, and the support context, and appraises the nature of the risk and the level of intervention required. A new milestone in disability psychotherapy studies has been achieved with the publication of this major book.’
— Dr Valerie Sinason, PhD MACP M Inst Psychoanal FIPD MBC

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