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Cognitive Self Change - How Offenders Experience the World and What We Can Do About It

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Table of Contents

Preface ix Acknowledgements xi Introduction 1 Understanding Offending Behavior 1 Hard -Core 5 Cognitive Self Change 9 A Human Connection 12 Phenomenology and Self ]reports: Some Preliminary Comments about Method 14 Summary of Chapters 16 1 The Idea of Criminal Thinking 25 Ellis, Beck, and Antisocial Schemas 33 Psychopathology or Irresponsibility 39 An Alternative Point of View 44 2 Offenders Speak their Minds 48 Seven Male Offenders 49 Three Young Women 58 Three Violent Mental Health Patients 62 Two Problematic Groups 64 Three British Gang Members 72 Conclusions and Interpretations 75 3 Cognitive-Emotional-Motivational Structure 78 The Idea of Conscious Agency: a Likely Story 79 Will and Volition, Self and Self ]interest 82 The Model 85 Basic Outlaw Logic: Learning the Rewards of Criminal Thinking 89 Variations of Criminal Thinking 92 Conclusions and Implications 94 4 Supportive Authority and the Strategy of Choices 97 The Problem of Engagement 97 Conditions of Communication and Engagement 99 Supportive Authority 102 Rethinking Correctional Treatment 109 The Strategy of Choices 109 Final Comments 115 5 Cognitive Self Change 118 Four Basic Steps 121 Collaboration and the Strategy of Choices 139 Brief Notes on Program Delivery: Group Size, Duration and Intensity, Facilitator Qualifications and Training 141 6 Extended Applications of Supportive Authority 145 Why Offenders Need Help 145 Not Either/Or: Some Promising Examples 146 The System as the Intervention: Some Recent Examples 152 Supportive Authority, Revisited 157 An Idealistic Proposal (with modest expectations) 159 7 How We Know: Some Observations about Evidence 162 Introduction 162 Cognitive Self Change 164 The Significance of Subjectivity 165 Science and Subjectivity 169 Bibliography 175 Index 183

About the Author

Jack Bush has developed and delivered treatment programs for offenders since 1973. His primary focus has been on the processes and strategies of Cognitive Self Change, which he has adapted to high-risk offenders, violent offenders, substance abusers, female offenders, and domestic abusers. He is co-author of the program, Thinking For A Change, published by The National Institute of Corrections (Washington D.C.). Daryl M. Harris is a Chartered and Registered Clinical Psychologist working with the Gwent Forensic Rehabilitation Service. He is also director of Positive Approaches to Crime and Exclusion (PACE) Ltd. This organisation has supported the implementation of Cognitive Self Change in several jurisdictions, written and supported the implementation of accredited interventions, and undertaken research into instrumental and gang violence. He has also worked with probation staff in Wales to develop an award winning approach to working with difficult to engage offenders. Richard Parker is the Program Manager for designing and implementing sex offender, violent offender and general offender programs in Juvenile Justice NSW. Prior to this he was the Principal Psychologist, Offender Intervention Programs in ACT Corrective Services. He is currently investigating the role of moral emotions in the onset and maintenance of child sexual offending.

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