Correctional Mental Health
From Theory to Best Practice
- Thomas J. Fagan - Nova Southeastern University, FL
- Robert K. Ax - Midlothian, Virginia
A research-to-practice text offering a biopsychosocial approach to treating criminal offenders
Correctional Mental Health is a broad-based, balanced guide for students who are learning to treat criminal offenders in a correctional mental health practice. Featuring a wide selection of readings, this edited text offers a thorough grounding in theory, current research, professional practice, and clinical experience. It emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to caring for the estimated 20% of all U.S. prisoners who have a serious mental disorder. Providing a balance between theoretical and practical perspectives throughout, the text also provides readers with a big-picture framework for assessing current correctional mental health and criminal justice issues, offering clear strategies for addressing these challenges.
"The book is not only a contribution to the academic community for students in psychology,
sociology, criminal justice, and correctional counseling at any level, it will also have practical use for correctional practitioners at the entry level, as well as for those with more experience. For the practitioner, it will serve as a quick-reference guide and resource highlighting current correctional mental problems and workable solutions in American correctional settings. As an add-on benefit, the book provides correctional administrators with a wide selection of readings to help them broaden their understanding of current correctional mental health practice."
"Fagan and Ax provide a compelling clinical guide for correctional mental health treatment based on a biopsychosocial or intersystemic theory that is grounded in research and clinical practice. The book draws on the wealth of clinical and administrative experiences of the editors and contributors."
"The book’s editors and contributors represent an established and distinguished group, not only of
correctional mental health professionals and administrators from federal, state, and local levels, but academics and others in the field who have provided significant and distinguished scholarly contributions."
"Within 15 minutes of opening Correctional Mental Health: From Theory to Best Practice, I found that I had in my hands not only an indispensible basic text for the current era of correctional professionals but also one that represents a quantum leap in the consolidation of essential correctional knowledge."
This is a very thorough text and addresses the necessary areas that we cover in our Social Work and Corrections course for our MSW program.
As there are more issues in mental health highlighted i todays society this book gives a fantastic overview on mental health and prison reform.
Using for an independent project for Research in Offenders and Addiction Counseling
Excellent book very student friendly, highly relevant vocational links in psychology well laid out and easy to read, will be highly recommended for students looking at mental health and mental health nursing.
A well written text that deals with offenders within mental health settings This textbook would be useful for both undergraduate and pstgraguate courses in fosensic mentaln health and forensic psychology
interesting read for further development.. woud suggest to these interested in that particular topic