Professional and Therapeutic Boundaries in Forensic Mental Health Practice

Editor : Anne Aiyegbusi, Editor : Gillian Kelly

Professional and Therapeutic Boundaries in Forensic Mental Health Practice

Book Details

  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 256
  • Category :
    Forensic
  • Catalogue No : 33811
  • ISBN 13 : 9781849051392
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849051
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People who use forensic mental health services are defined by the fact that they have violated boundaries, often in many ways. For clinicians employed to work therapeutically with this client group however, the capacity to initiate and maintain boundaries is critical to safety as well as to good treatment outcomes.

This book provides a thorough introduction to the subject of professional and therapeutic boundaries and their particular complexities within forensic mental health settings. The contributors, all experts in their respective fields, address the challenges of establishing working boundaries within forensic mental health services from multiple perspectives. They explore the ways in which boundaries can be initiated and maintained in different areas of forensic mental health work, including in psychotherapy, mental health nursing, arts therapies, forensic psychiatry and family therapy, and when working with different client groups, including children and adolescents, offenders with severe personality disorders in high security settings and sex offenders. Consideration is also given to boundaries and homicide, maternal boundary violations and boundaries in a forensic learning disability service.

This authoritative, interdisciplinary resource will support all forensic mental health practitioners in this crucial aspect of their work.

About the Editor(s)

Anne Aiyegbusi is a Mental Health Nurse, Forensic Psychotherapist and Group Analyst. She manages a clinical network for personality disorder at West London NHS Trust and is a Director of Psychological Approaches CIC. Anne has extensive experience of working with women who have histories of self-harm, trauma and offending; and of working with racism in forensic and psychotherapeutic contexts. Anne is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Institute of Group Analysis where she is also a member of the Diversity in Training Group, prioritising issues of 'Power, Privilege and Position'.

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