Handbook of Forensic Mental Health with Victims and Offenders: Assessment, Treatment, and Research

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David W. Springer, PhD, LCSW, Albert R. Roberts
Springer Publishing Company, Jan 16, 2007 - Psychology - 640 pages
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Together for the first time; all your forensic social work best practice needs in one volume!

...a vitally important addition to this emerging and essential body of knowledge. This compelling publication places between two covers a broad collection of informative, original essays on core issues in forensic social work. This engaging volume offers readers keen insights into forensic practice related to child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, suicide, psychiatric care and mental illness, juvenile justice, adult corrections, addictions, trauma, and restorative justice.
--from the foreword by Frederic G. Reamer, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College

From expert testimony advice to treating HIV-positive incarcerated women, this handbook contains the most current research and tested field practices for child welfare through adulthood in the civil and criminal system.

Encompassing a wide range of treatments, roles, specialized practices, research, and diagnoses, the Handbook of Forensic Mental Health With Victims and Offenders will guide practicing professionals through the forensic social work issues they encounter on a daily basis, such as:

  • Prevention of prisoners' sudden deaths
  • Expert witness testimony in child welfare and women battering
  • Treatment of dually diagnosed adolescents
  • The overrepresentation of African-Americans incarcerated for juvenile delinquency
  • Jail mental health services for adults
  • Drug courts and PTSD in inmates with substance abuse histories
  • Recidivism prevention
  • Basic tasks in post-trauma intervention with victims and offenders
  • Culture and gender considerations in restorative justice

Edited by Dr. Albert R. Roberts and Dr. David W. Springer, with contributions by leaders in the field, this handbook should top the list of must-have publications for all forensic social workers.


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David W. Springer (PhD, LCSW), is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate Advisor, and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology. Dr. Springer has conducted research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. His areas of interest include clinical assessment and intervention with adolescents and families; evidence-based substance abuse and mental health treatment with youth; applied psychometric theory and scale development; juvenile delinquency; intervention research with adolescents; and leadership in social work higher education. Dr. Springer currently serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He is a co-author, with Dr. C. Aaron McNeece and Dr. Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold, of Substance Abuse Treatment for Criminal Offenders: An Evidence-Based Guide for Practitioners and has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and reports that coalesce around assessment and intervention with troubled adolescents and their families.

Albert R. Roberts (DSW, PhD, BCETS, DACFE), is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Livingston College Campus, Rutgers--the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick and Piscataway, NJ. Dr. Roberts conducts seminars and teaches courses on research methods, crisis intervention and brief treatment, program evaluation, family violence intervention, adolescence, victimology, social policy, and juvenile justice. He previously taught at the Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis. He received his doctorate in social work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1978. Dr. Roberts is a Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, a lifetime member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the council on Social Work Education. Dr. Roberts is the founding editor of the Springer Series on Family Violence, which includes his edited classic text Battered Women and Their Families (Third Edition, 2007) and the Springer Series on Social Work. He edited the The Social Workers' Desk Reference, which has become a standard reference in the field since it was published in 2002, as well as the Crisis Intervention Handbook: Assessment, Treatment, and Research, Third Edition. He is the current editor of the Journal Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention.

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