Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment and Treatment: New Approaches for Mental Health Professionals

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Springer Publishing Company, Mar 23, 2009 - Social Science - 680 pages

"This book describes violence risk assessment in both juveniles and adults, incorporating dynamic and static factors, along with treatment alternativesÍ..Research and practice are combined quite nicely, along with assessment and treatment. There is something for everyone here." Score: 91, 4 stars


"Forensic clinicians will find this book to be a valuable reference book as well as a very useful clinical treatment guide relevant to violent offenders."

--Jeffrey L. Metzner, MD

Mental health practitioners are confronted with the difficult task of assessing the risk that offenders pose to the general public. This comprehensive volume provides practitioners with the knowledge and insight necessary to conduct violence risk assessments, and to synthesize clinical and research data into comprehensive reports and oral testimony.

Violence risk assessment requires a well-formulated and comprehensive risk management plan. Andrade and the authors present that plan, and demonstrate how it can be clearly implemented in practice. With numerous clinical case studies, this book illustrates the process of conducting violence risk assessments, outlines the tools used in these evaluations, and explains how information is translated into an overall assessment and guide for future risk management.

Key Features:

  • Investigates the etiology of violent behavior, and provides a review and analysis of recent literature
  • Discusses both adult and youth violence, providing insight into the developmental course of aggressive behavior throughout the lifespan
  • Contains chapters on special populations, including female offenders, intimate partners, psychopathic and mentally ill offenders, and sexually abusive youth
  • Useful to practitioners from various fields including social work, psychology, and psychiatry, as well as students in these disciplines

Ultimately, this book provides practitioners with an understanding of risk assessment, treatment, and risk management, serving as an authoritative guide to applying empirical findings to mental health practice.


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About the author (2009)

Joel T. Andrade, LICSW, MSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts. He received his Master's Degree in Social Work from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work where he is currently completing his PhD. Andrade's dissertation focuses on psychosocial precursors of psychopathy in adult psychiatric patients.

For 11 years, Andrade worked at Bridgewater State Hospital, which is the only secure forensic hospital on Massachusetts. While there, he was the Admission Coordinator, Director of the Intensive Treatment Unit, and Clinical Risk Assessment Coordinator. At Bridgewater State Hospital Andrade evaluated and treated hundreds of individuals that require 'strict-security' under Massachusetts General Law. He testified as an expert witness in the area of violence risk assessment and risk management of violent offenders, and conducted violence risk assessment evaluations of forensic patients being considered for transfer to less secure settings.

Andrade currently works as a Clinical Operation Specialist for MHM Correctional Services, Inc., the leading national specialist in providing mental health programming and services to correctional systems, including state prisons and local jails. In this capacity he writes clinical program guidelines for mental health treatment within correctional facilities, consults with staff nationwide regarding violence risk assessment and ongoing risk management of violent offenders, and provides clinical consultation for individual cases and when implementing treatment programs within correctional facilities in several states.

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