Assessing Risk: A Relational Approach

Author(s) : Stephen Blumenthal, Author(s) : Heather Wood, Author(s) : Andrew Williams

Assessing Risk: A Relational Approach

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2018
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 234
  • Category :
    Forensic
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 93559
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415787734
  • ISBN 10 : 9780415787

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Assessing Risk: A Relational Approach offers the practitioner a novel framework for understanding the complex and subtle issues involved in assessing and managing risks related to violence and sexual offending. The authors draw on their considerable experience working with high risk individuals in assessment and treatment. They have for many years consulted to practitioners in forensic mental health services and the criminal justice system and taught renowned courses at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This book outlines a comprehensive model of risk which draws on mainstream empirical research, threat assessment, developmental psychopathology, attachment theory, and a relational model derived from psychoanalysis. The framework incorporates intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions and is designed to enhance the reader's capacity to make a thorough risk formulation. The approach highlights the significance of childhood development in understanding violent and sexually violent acts, and the complicated interpersonal processes involved in managing individuals who have a propensity to violent enactment. These dynamic processes between people impact on risk and risk perception, and can distort judgement if not recognised and understood. Assessing Risk will be of practical use in enhancing the skills of professionals to assess and manage risk in a comprehensive and effective way, and will appeal to all those mental health and criminal justice practitioners working with risky individuals.

About the Author(s)

Heather Wood is a consultant adult psychotherapist and clinical psychologist at the Portman Clinic, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the British Association of Psychotherapists. She has a special interest in the problematic use of internet pornography and virtual sex, and the related subject of paedophilia, and has published chapters and papers on these and other topics.

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Andrew Williams is Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy at the Portman Clinic, previously at the Maudsley Hospital, Broadmoor Hospital and the Bracton Centre Medium Secure Unit. He offers teaching and consultation to probation services, forensic units, and custodial settings. He is involved in developing a specialist service for persons with antisocial personality disorder using mentalization-based treatment. He is currently training at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

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