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Motivating Offenders to Change

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Understanding motivation to change Motivation to change: Selection criterion or treatment need? (McMurran) What is motivation to change? A scientific analysis (Viets et al) Stages of change in therapy with offenders (Jones) Motivational enhancement in practice Enhamcing motivation of offenders at each stage of change and phase of therapy (Prochaska and Levesque) Building and nurturing a therapeutic alliance with offenders (Cordess) Motivational interviewing with offenders (Mann et al) Motivating offenders to change through participatory theatre (Thompson) Maintaining motivation for change using resources available in an offender's natural environment (Walters) Special issues Ethical issues in motivating offenders to change (Blackburn) Motivation for what? Effective programmes for motivated offenders (McGuire) Owning your own data: The Management of denial (Laws) Motivating the unmotivated: Psychopathy, Treatment and Change (Hemphill and Hart) Motivating Mentally Disordered Offenders (Hodge and Renwick) Does punishment motivate offenders to change? (Hollin) Future Directions (Mary McMurran)

About the Author

Dr. Mary McMuran is Senior Baxter Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK, and is funded by the Department of Health's National Programme for Forensic Mental Health Research and Development. She is both a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has worked with offenders in a young offender's center, a maximum security psychiatric hospital, a regional secure unit, and in the community. Over the years, she has taken a particular interest in alcohol and crime, a topic on which she has published widely, and in the treatment of personality disordered offenders. She is the author of several structured treatment programmes for such offenders, and these are now widely used in the UK. She is a former Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Criminological and Legal Psychology (now the Division of Forensic Psychology), and founding editor of the journal Legal and Criminological Psychology.


"...offers authoritative and critical information through which forensic clinical practice can develop." (Social Psychological Review, October 2003) "...extremely informative..." (Vista Vol 10, 2005)

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