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Correctional Assessment, Casework, and Counseling Second Edition

NCJ Number
A Walsh
Date Published
456 pages
This text presents theory, practical guidance, case studies, and examples to assist counselors who work in community corrections and correctional institutions in understanding counseling psychology, specific techniques for individual and group counseling, and issues related to specific offender populations.
The text is also intended for researchers and for students considering careers in criminal justice counseling or probation and parole. The discussion combines theoretical criminology with practical guidelines. Individual chapters explain the need for theory, sociological theories, psychological theories, biosocial theories, and the qualities of an effective criminal justice worker. Additional chapters present assessment tools and guidelines and explain the theory and practice of assessment and classification, nondirective counseling, directive counseling, and group counseling in institutional settings. Further chapters explain counseling issues and techniques for alcoholic offenders, drug-abusing offenders, sex offenders, mentally ill offenders, offenders with mental disabilities, juvenile offenders, female offenders, and elderly offenders. Other chapters focus on interview and interrogation, the presentence investigation report, legal and ethical issues, and the use of community agencies and volunteers as treatment aids. The author is a former police officer and probation officer who is now an academician. Checklists, exercises, case examples chapter reference lists, appended forms and additional guidelines, and index