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Risk Markers for Sexual Victimization and Predation in Prison
Series: International Perspectives on Forensic Mental Health
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Authors: Janet I. Warren, Shelly L. Jackson
ISBN: 9780415641289
Publishers: Routledge ( Taylor & Francis Group)
Price: £36.99
Publication Date: 16th Nov 2012

Publisher's Title Information

In 2003, the US Senate and Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), prompting a number of research projects that cumulatively began to broaden and deepen our understanding of this complex aspect of prison life. Risk Markers for Sexual Victimization and Predation in Prison contains the results of Dr. Warren and Dr. Jackson's study, and it extends the literature on prison rape in important and distinct ways. Their research, which encompasses the full continuum of sexual behavior among incarcerated individuals, succeeds in identifying multi-layered predictive models for different types of sexual behavior across and within genders. The process by which the authors came to their study design, their experiences while implementing it, and the nature and significance of their findings, represent the content of this book.


An Introduction to the Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Sexual Behavior of Incarcerated Men and Women
Childhood Adverse Life Experiences and Adolescent Violence as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization
Community and Institutional Violence as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization
Patterns of Sexual Adaptation as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization
Affective and Perceptual States as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization
Personality Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization
Structured and Actuarial Violence Risk Instruments as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization
CHAID Classification for Sexual Behavior in Prison
Conclusions and Recommendations Appendix A. Assessing Generalizability Appendix B. Training of Interviewers and Reliability of Interview Measures: University of Virginia Coding Team

The Authors

Janet I. Warren, DSW, is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Director of the RestoringYouth© program at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She is the University of Virginia liaison to the Behavioral Sciences Unit of the FBI and a member of the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Research Advisory Board. She is an associate of Park Dietz and Associates (PD&A) and a practicing psychoanalyst in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Shelly L. Jackson, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, University of Virginia. Dr. Jackson was a post-doctoral fellow in the Psychology and Law program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Subsequently, Dr. Jackson was awarded the Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Policy Fellowship and membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.For three years she was a Social Science Analyst with the National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice, in the Violence and Victimization division.


"Risk Markers for Sexual Victimization and Predation in Prison is the most important book on the sexual exploitation of incarcerated men and women ever written. Drs. Janet Warren and Shelly Jackson show how to use cutting-edge science to accurately identify which inmates will become predators and which will become prey. This remarkable work could and should go far in eliminating the disgrace of prison rape." - John Monahan, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia

"Clinical Risk Assessment is a relatively new field and this book is of inestimable value in better understanding its application in the prison arena. In their exceptional work, Drs. Warren and Jackson identify several factors which serve as risk markers for the sexual victimization and/or predation of incarcerated offenders. You cannot read this book and fail to appreciate the expertise and dedication the authors bring to this complex and multifaceted topic." - Robert R. "Roy" Hazelwood, the Academy Group, Inc, Manassas, Virginia

"Warren and Jackson's landmark study of prison sex pulls back the curtain on one of the great untold stories of life in custody. The authors capture the complex interplay among various types of sex in prison. Their findings should have a profound impact on policies intended to bring order to prison life, to improve safety for inmates and staff, and to discipline coercive offenders." - Park Dietz, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Treating Sex Offenders, An Evidence-Based Manual
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Jill D. Stinson and Judith V. Becker
ISBN: 978-1-4625-0693-4
Publishers: The Guilford Press
Price: £30.99
Publication Date: October 2012

Publisher's title Information

This structured yet flexible manual presents an innovative group treatment approach that targets deficits in self-regulationa central problem for sex offenders. Safe Offender Strategies (SOS) comprises 10 evidence-based modules that teach participants the skills to desist from problem behaviors, manage their emotions and impulses, and break unhealthy relationship patterns. Motivational enhancement and validation techniques are woven throughout this collaborative treatment. SOS can be used with a range of clientsincluding high-risk offenders and those with mental illness or intellectual disabilitiesin institutional or outpatient settings. Fifteen reproducible forms and worksheets can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.


1. A New Approach to Treating Sex Offenders
2. Theoretical Foundation of Safe Offender Strategies
3. Using Safe Offender Strategies: Pragmatic Considerations
4. Case Conceptualization and Working with Clients
5. Module 1Why Am I in Treatment?
6. Module 2Basic Treatment Concepts
7. Module 3Emotions and Emotion Regulation
8. Module 4Sexuality and Sexual Behaviour
9. Module 5Review of Motivation, Commitment to Treatment, and Treatment Goals
10. Module 6Expectations and Beliefs about Interpersonal Relationships
11. Module 7 Dysregulation and Interpersonal Relationships
12. Module 8Coping with the Past
13. Module 9 - Making Good Choices: Managing Urges and Behavior in a Healthy Way
14. Module 10Motivation, Commitment, and Treatment Goals
15. Family and Community Reintegration: Preparing the Client for Aftercare
Appendix A. Client Aftercare Packet
Appendix B. Additional Client Handouts


"This authoritative account of the SOS program by leading experts represents an important addition to the literature on treatment for sexual offending. SOS is founded on an incisive model of self-regulatory processes in affective, cognitive, behavioural, and interpersonal domains. This innovative, step-by-step manual warrants the attention of researchers and practitioners who are committed to reducing the serious and lasting harm inflicted on society by sexual offenders."
Christopher J. Patrick, PhD, Department of Psychology, Florida State University
"This manual addresses a vital criminal justice and public health issue. Without losing sight of public safety concerns, the authors identify methods for establishing a caring, empathic therapeutic alliance. The importance of basing therapeutic interventions on well-documented empirical evidence is properly emphasized. This is a thought-provoking work that educates rather than indoctrinates. It will be a useful resource for both clinicians and students." Fred S. Berlin, MD, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Director, National Institute for the Study, Prevention, and Treatment of Sexual Trauma
"An enormously important contribution. In the last three decades, the approach to sexual offending has been almost unrelentingly punitive. Stinson and Becker outline a rigorous, empirically grounded approach to treatment, in a style that is accessible and clear. This book needs to be on the shelf of anyone assessing or treating someone who has committed a sexual offense. It will stand as a landmark in the evolution of sex offender treatment." John Petrila, JD, LLM, Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, University of South Florida
"Stinson and Becker have opened a new and optimistic chapter in the so-far frustrating search for solutions to sexual violence. Offering respectful criticisms of prior therapeutic approaches, they provide an alternative that is standardized, can be systematically evaluated, and is supported by preliminary empirical studies. Ultimately, desistance from sexual crime depends on each offender's willingness to change; fortunately, the approach in this book is adherent to well-known principles of prosocial behaviour change. Beautifully written, this comprehensive, practical treatment guide promises to be used and tested for years to come." Joel A. Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine

The Authors

Jill D. Stinson, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Stinson formerly served as the Sex Offender Treatment Coordinator at Fulton State Hospital with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. She has worked with sexual offenders with serious mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and personality disorders, as well as with sexually violent predators. Her research focuses broadly on psychopathology and sexual offending, self-regulatory processes in persons with a history of sexual offending and violent behaviour, and specialized assessment and treatment needs of forensic populations. Dr. Stinson is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the American Psychology-Law Society.
Judith V. Becker, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Becker is a past president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the International Academy of Sex Research, has served as editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, and continues to serve on a number of editorial boards. Her clinical research has focused on both adolescent and adult sex offenders as well as victims of sexual abuse and aggression. Dr. Becker is the author or co-author of over 100 published journal articles and book chapters in the professional literature. She also consults on both criminal and civil forensic cases.
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Clinicians in Court
A Guide to Subpoenas, Depositions, Testifying, and Everything Else You Need to Know
Edition: 2nd
Format: Hardback
Author: Allan E. Barsky
ISBN: 978-1-4625-0355-
Publishers: The Guilford Press
Price: £26.99
Publication Date: March 2012

Publisher's Title Information

Interacting with the legal system can be stressful and intimidating for mental health professionals. This trusted book provides user-friendly strategies to help clinicians prepare for testimony in court and other legal proceedings. Using vivid case scenarios from family law and other areas, the author explains legal terms and offers practical suggestions for avoiding pitfalls and managing ethical dilemmas. Clear guidelines are presented for record keeping, responding to subpoenas, preparing reports, and performing effectively on the stand as a fact witness or expert witness. Reproducible agreements and other sample documentation can be photocopied from the appendices or downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

New to This Edition

Incorporates updates in research, case law, statutes, and practice.
Examines the developing role of mental health professionals as forensic consultants.
Increased attention to ethical issues, such as dual relationships, professional boundaries, confidentiality, and competence.
An appendix with reflection questions that extend the scope of each chapter.
Explores special issues that may arise in cases involving children
Supplemental materials for course useincluding an instructor's manualare available at the author's website.


1. Introduction
2. Beginning with Yourself
3. First Contact
4. Preparation for Legal Proceedings
5. Oral Testimony at Trial
6. Clinical Records
7. Expert Witnesses
8. Documentary Evidence, with Diane Green
9. Claims against Clinicians
10. Alternatives and Precursors to Adjudication
11. Conclusion
A. Service Agreement for an Expert Witness for Review/Rebuttal Services
B. Fee Arrangement for an Expert Witness Who Is Called to Testify
C. Informed Consent to Participate in a Forensic Psychological Evaluation
D. Initial Letter to Attorneys after an Appointment Order
E. Sample Affidavit
F. Motion to Quash Subpoena
G. For Further Reflection
Websites for Legal Research
Forensic Journals
Professional Associations with Interest in Forensic Practice

The Author

Allan E. Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches graduate courses on professional ethics, conflict resolution, social work practice skills, and substance abuse. Dr. Barsky has practiced social work and mediation in settings that include the criminal court in New York and the family courts in New York, Toronto, and Fort Lauderdale. Widely published, Dr. Barsky serves on the National Ethics Committee of the National Association of Social Workers and is a past president of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation.

Reviews to Date

"This fully revised and well-polished second edition offers both seasoned clinicians and students an outstanding resource with which to prepare for any type of encounter with the legal system. Concise and well written, the book will be a welcome addition to any clinician's library. It is certainly at the top of my list for required classroom reading." Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
"Barsky has provided an important resource for practice with the second edition of this important guide. Written in a highly readable and informative style, the book succeeds in stripping away some of the discomfort mental health clinicians have about participating in legal proceedings. It explains the purpose and function of the legal system and clarifies the roles and responsibilities of clinicians as witnesses and resources for legal decision makers. The use of case scenarios enables clinicians to apply legal principles to the real world of practice."
-Robert G. Madden, LCSW, JD, Department of Social Work, Saint Joseph College
"Clinicians in Court, Second Edition, offers an updated resource for treatment providers who are called into the legal arena. The volume helps to clarify roles, responsibilities, and regulations and offers readers a foundation for developing policies and procedures of their own. The material is woven together using the example of a family engaged in the legal system, exploring the roles of the evaluators and treatment providers intertwined in the process. Practical and challenging, the scenarios encourage reflection and offer opportunities to prepare for unfamiliar legal territory."
-Andrea Stolar, MD, Director of Forensic Psychiatry, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
"Extremely user friendly....[Demystifies] what otherwise constitutes for many professionals a rather dreaded experience. Highly recommended." American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
"An excellent guide for non-forensic clinicians....Reading Clinicians in Court is like attending a good workshop." Psychiatric Services
"Provides useful information for a clinician on such important issues as confidentiality and the legal aspects of disclosure....I found this book very useful to my continuing practice." Criminal Justice Review

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Child Pornography Law and Policy
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: By Alisdair A. Gillespie
ISBN: 978-0-415-49987-3
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £80 Hardback
Publication Date: 1st February 2012

Publisher's Title Information

Child Pornography: Law and Policy draws on interdisciplinary work in order to critically address the law relating to child pornography. Child pornography is recognized as a specific form of child abuse and there are now many national, and international, efforts to tackle it. Yet despite these efforts, the volume of child pornography, particularly on the internet, is increasing. The law has reacted to this situation by adapting its definitions, increasing sentences and providing new powers to law enforcement. It is, however, unclear how far the law should extend. What should the relationship be between criminalization and free-speech? Is there a link between the "use" of child pornography and contact offending? The issue of child pornography has been the subject of considerable literature in the areas of psychology, sociology and psychiatry. These studies provide the basis for a greater understanding of the nature of child pornography, as well as the profiles and behaviour of those who access or produce such material. Child Pornography: Law and Policy brings this wider literature to bear on the legal and policy frameworks relating to child pornography, questioning both the appropriateness and the effectiveness of the law in this context.


Introduction Part 1: Definitions 2. What is child pornography? 3. Indecent Photographs of Children 4. Other Legal Definitions 5. Virtual Child Pornography Part 2: Offending 6. Indecent Photographs 7. Other Approaches to Child Pornography Offences 8. Non-Photographic Prohibited Images 9. Young People and Child Pornography 10. Sentencing Child Pornography Offenders Part 3: Policing Child Pornography 11. The International Dimension 12. Policing Child Pornography Part 4: Conclusion 13. Conclusion

The Author

Alisdair A. Gillespie is Professor of Criminal Law and Justice at Leicester De Montfort Law School where he primarily teaches Criminal Law. His specialist research interest is the law relating to child sexual exploitation, particularly where facilitated by communication technologies.

From the Introduction

This is a book about child pornography, which is an issue that still provokes considerable debate, as will be noted throughout this book, and which defies a definition. The purpose of this book is to examine the existing literature on child pornography and consider what implications this has on the law. Whilst the book will be based on the law in England and Wales, as this is the jurisdiction the author is most familiar with, a number of other jurisdictions (Australia, Canada and the United States) will be examined along with international policy and legal instruments.

Throughout the book a number of focuses are used to scrutinise the legal position in respect of child pornography. The first focus is its definition and Chapters 2-5 present a variety of definitions, including considering the controversial subject of virtual child pornography. The next focus is the criminalisation of child pornography and Chapters 6-8 consider what offences are created in the various jurisdictions. Chapter 9 considers the specific issue of children becoming involved in the creation of child pornography and Chapter 10 examines how offenders are sentenced. The third focus considers how child pornography is policed and thus an examination is made of how international law and policy affects the legal posiion of child pornography and Chapter 12 considers how law enforcement bodies tackle child pornography.

Internet Child Abuse: Current Research and Policy
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Author: Edited by Julia Davidson, Petter Gottschalk
ISBN: 9780415679804
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish ( A Glasshouse Book)
Price: £26
Publication Date: 30th September 2011

Publisher's Title Information

Internet Child Abuse: Current Research and Policy provides a timely overview of international policy, legislation and offender management and treatment practice in the area of Internet child abuse. Internet use has grown considerably over the last five years, and information technology now forms a core part of the formal education system in many countries. There is however, increasing evidence that the Internet is used by some adults to access children and young people in order to 'groom' them for the purposes of sexual abuse; as well as to produce and distribute indecent illegal images of children. This book presents and assesses the most recent and current research on internet child abuse, addressing: its nature, the behaviour and treatment of its perpetrators, international policy, legislation and protection, and policing. It will be required reading for an international audience of academics, researchers, policy-makers and criminal justice practitioners with interests in this area.
Introduction 2. Legislation and Policy: Protecting Young People, Sentencing and Managing Internet Sex Offenders 3. Characteristics of the Internet and Child Abuse 4. Combating Child Abuse Images on the Internet 5. Stage Model for Online Grooming Offenders 6. Understanding the Perpetrators Online Behaviour 7. Policing Social Networking Sites and Online Grooming 8. Assessment and Treatment Approaches with Online Sexual Offenders. Conclusion

The Editors

Julia Davidson is Professor of Criminology and Director of Research in Criminology at Kingston University, she is also Co-Director of the newly formed Centre for Abuse & Trauma Studies.
Petter Gottschalk is Professor of Information Systems and Knowledge Management in the Department of Leadership and Organisation at the Norwegian School of Management, and he lectures at the Norwegian Police University College on knowledge management, Internet, criminal entrepreneurship and organized crime.

Part of the Introduction

'This book provides a timely overview of international policy, legislation and offender treatment practice in the area of Internet child abuse. The book is based upon the most recent and current research (some of which is unpublished) in the area. Contributors are key experts, police practitioners and researchers working in the Internet abuse field. The book will appeal to an international audience of academics, researchers, criminal justice agencies, policy makers and criminal justice practitioners. The Editors and one of the chapter contributors (Webster) are involved in the largest European study of Internet abusers' victim-targeting practices, funded by the European Commission Safer Internet Programme (2009-11).
Context and relevance
Internet use has grown considerably in the last decade. Information technology now forms a core part of the formal education system in many countries, ensuring that each new generation of Internet users is more adept than the last. Recent comparative work (EUKids Online) on Internet use across 27 European countries reveals that there were substantial changes in Internet use between 2005 and 2008. In 2005 70% of 6-17-year-olds in the European Union (EU) used the Internet. By 2008, this had risen to 75 per cent on average. The most striking rise was among younger children - by 2008, 60 per cent of 6-10-year-olds were online. There was also a substantial difference between 2005 and 2008 concerning location of use. In 2005 use of the Internet at school was as common as home use. By 2008,6-17-year-olds in all European Community (EC) countries were much more likely to use the Internet at home (65 per cent) than school (57 per cent), and 34 per cent are now going online using their own computer. (Livingstone and Haddon, 2009). In Russia recent research in large urban centres on children and teenagers' attitudes and perceptions of the Internet reveals that it is the primary information source ahead of television, books and printed mass media for both 14-15-year-olds and 16-17-year-olds, Approximately 65 _per cent of 16-17-year-olds say that parents allow them free use of the Internet and do without imposing any time limits....'

Alternatives to Domestic Violence
A Homework manual for Battering Intervention Groups
Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Authors: Kevin A Fall & Shareen Howard
ISBN: 9780415889018
Publishers: Routledge
Price: £20.95
Publication Date: Oct 2011

Publisher's Title Information

Created to be used as a workbook by men in domestic violence group counseling, this book presents a solid, interactive, and comprehensive treatment tool.
If you are a group leader, this guide will provide you with a supplement to your group instruction. Like the previous editions, it is designed to be used with a wide variety of accepted curricula for domestic violence intervention programs. Interactive lessons and exercises cover important topics such as respect and accountability, maintaining positive relationships, good communication, parenting, and the role of religion in recovery. For this new edition, the authors used feedback from group leaders and participants to update, remove, and adjust exercises, and to design new ones. A chapter on the role of drugs and alcohol in domestic violence has been added, as well as new "tool" exercises that will help group members learn new skills and modify and apply them to their lives.
If you are a group member, you will find this book to be a valuable supplement to the work you do in group. In it, personal stories from men who were in a group just like you will show you how they have both found success and failed, giving you the opportunity to learn from both. Interactive exercises will enhance your participation in group, and homework assignments will allow you to continue your learning outside of group. Additionally, new "tool" exercises will teach you new skills and how you can apply them in your life.

Table of Contents

Introduction for Group Leaders. Introduction for Group Members. What You Need to Know Before Starting Group: The Road to Change. Defining Abuse and Battering. Achieving Nonviolence. Exploring and Defeating Intimidation. Creating a Trusting Relationship. Giving and Receiving Respect. Accountability: Taking Responsibility for Yourself. Maintaining Positive Sexual Relationships. Negotiating a Partnership. Cooperating Through Good Communication. Parenting: How to Relate to Your Children. Religion and Domestic Violence. The Role of Drugs and Alcohol in Domestic Violence. Suggestions for Further Study.


"Each edition [of this book] commands us to face the issues of perpetrators and victims in domestic violence. This third edition is very hands on, tackling some new and needed discussions. Any perpetrator who begins to recognize his or her OWN faults, accompanied by the desire to change, will find in this book their best friend and guide." - Richard B. Gilbert, PhD, CT, adjunct faculty, Mercy College of New York
"The First Edition was great, the Second Edition even better, and the Third - WOW! Fall and Howard have once again found the right mix of exercises, stories, and data. Their many years of experience in the domestic violence field are now available to anyone who is trying to stop their use of violence against their intimate partner, as well as those who help to facilitate this change." - Jennifer Morrison M.Ed., LPC-S, NCC, Executive Director of New Beginning Center

The Authors

Kevin A. Fall, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University.
Shareen Howard, MS, LPC-S, is the Mental Health Assessment Specialist at the Denton County Sheriff's Office in Denton, Texas, where she provides services for inmates.

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