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Trauma-Informed Forensic Practice


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Phil Willmot & Lawrence Jones

Section 1: Trauma and Offending

1. Childhood Maltreatment and its Links to Offending

Phil Willmot

2. Trauma, Violence and Gender

Phil Willmot and Yasmin Siddall

3. Trauma-Informed Risk Assessment and Intervention: Understanding the Role of Triggering Contexts and Offence-Related Altered States of Consciousness (ORASC)

Lawrence Jones

4. Trauma, Personality Disorder and Offending

Louise Sainsbury

Section 2: Vulnerable Groups

5. From Care to Custody

Elizabeth Utting and Tamara Woodall

6. Trauma and Intellectual Disability

Emma Longfellow and Rachel Hicks

7. Deafness and Trauma: A Journey to Equitable Trauma-Informed Care

Sarah Todd

8. Trauma and Offending in UK Military Veterans

Jane Jones

Section 3: Survival Responses

9. "When You Have Got Like Twenty Thousand Thoughts in Your Head, that One Little Thing Can Just Make It All Go Away": Trauma and Non Suicidal Self Injury in Forensic Settings

Rachel Beryl and Jessica Lewis

10. Trauma, Substance Use and Offending

John Farnsworth

11. Early Trauma, Psychosis and Violent Offending

Claire Moore and Naomi Callender

12. Trauma and Sexual Offending: Causal Mechanisms and Change Processes

Lawrence Jones

13. The traumatic Impact of Violent Crime on Offenders

Jennifer Pink and Nicola Gray

Section 4: Trauma-Responsive Treatment

14. A Therapeutic Community Approach to Address Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Older Teenager

Karen Parish and Peter Clarke

15. Containing Distress: Working with Compassion in a Prison-Based Democratic Therapeutic Community

Geraldine Akerman and Nathan Joshua

16. Addressing Trauma with Young Adult Males in Custody: Implementing a Stepped Care Trauma-Informed Approach in a Young Offenders Institution

Kate Geraghty and Chantal Scaillet

17. Trauma and the Experience of Imprisonment

Kerensa Hocken, Jon Taylor and Jamie Wolton

18. Trauma Informed Community Services

Karen Orpwood and Sue Ryan

Section 5: Organisational Issues

19. Developing Trauma-Informed Youth Justice Services

Nicola Silvester

20. Trauma-Informed Care in Secure Psychiatric Hospitals

Frank Maguire, Julie Carlisle and Fiona Clark

21. The Impact on Staff of Trauma-Informed Work in Forensic Settings

Michelle Smith

22. Trauma-informed Care and Culture Change in an NHS Forensic Service

Victoria Hiett-Davies

23. Trauma and Restorative Justice

Estelle Moore

24. The Future of Trauma-Informed Forensic Practice

Lawrence Jones and Phil Willmot

About the Author

Phil Willmot is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and Joint Lead Psychologist for the Men’s Personality Disorder Service at Rampton Hospital. He is also Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Lawrence Jones is Head of Psychology at Rampton Hospital. He is a former chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology and has published in a range of areas including therapeutic communities, formulation, "personality disorder", iatrogenic responses to intervention, motivation, offence paralleling behaviour, sexual offending, and trauma- and diversity-informed care.


"This is an essential introduction to trauma-informed care in an area where it is most needed - the forensic and criminal justice system. Perpetrators often begin as victims, and unless we take on the implications of this, we will never break the cycle of offending. In this extremely comprehensive overview, Willmot and Jones, and a range of experienced contributor, show how this perspective can be applied in a very wide range of settings and client groups. They believe that 'forensic psychology is currently due a paradigm shift.' This book is a crucial contribution to that process."Dr Lucy Johnstone, co-author of the Power Threat Meaning Framework"A compassionate understanding of trauma-related pathways into crime has tended to be associated with fears of collusion with offending behaviour, or excuses around culpability. However, this wide-ranging and immensely thoughtful book makes a compelling case for placing trauma-informed approaches at the heart of rehabilitation. This is a great read for both practitioners and service leaders."Dr Jackie Craissati MBE, Consultant Clinical & forensic Psychologist"For anyone working in, or interested in, forensic and Criminal Justice services this textbook is both authoritative and groundbreaking in its approach to trauma informed forensic practice. Distinctively, trauma is not simply conceptualized as the product of individual development, but rather the traumas of wider structural inequalities are acknowledged too. It is especially gratifying to see a group of practitioners making such a substantial academic contribution to the field. As academics we have much to learn from this collection of perspectives. I am confident that it will be the go-to text in this field for academics, policy makers and practitioners across and beyond the forensic field. Congratulations to all involved in the production of this weighty volume and especially the editors for orchestrating such a commendable collection of expert and insightful chapters. Very well worth a read, I wholeheartedly endorse it."Graham Towl, Professor of Forensic Psychology, Durham University and visiting Clinical Professor, Newcastle University and formerly inaugural Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology and Chief Psychologist, Ministry of Justice, England and Wales.

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