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Therapeutic Correctional Relationships : Theory, Research and Practice (Hardcover) (Sarah Lewis)
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The position of the relationship between offender and criminal justice practitioner has shifted throughout rehabilitative history, whether situated within psychological interventions, prison or probation. This relationship – and the values that underpin it – has evolved and adapted over time, and yet interpersonal processes remain central to rehabilitative work today.
This book provides an in-depth exploration into the relationship between probation practitioners and offenders. Whilst relational work has been recognised as a key aspect of correctional practice, little work has assisted practitioners in carrying out this sometimes challenging facet of their role; this book addresses this gap in knowledge. It outlines the myths that are held within correctional practice concerning relational work and challenges these by providing new insights into how relationships can promote growth and support desistance, as well as manage risk. This book examines how practitioners can enhance their practice by gaining a greater understanding intohow relationships form, deepen and end effectively. Further to this, it recognises how relationships are threatened and ruptured by the practitioner and presents alternative ways in which relationships can be repaired and safeguarded within correctional practice. Lewis suggests that therapeutic correctional relationships can thrive within a number of correctional settings and presents theprinciples of relational practice and dynamic model of therapeutic correctional relationships to assist in achieving quality and sustainable practice.
Finally, this book outlines how political and organisational tensions can impact upon the flow of relationships and examines how these can be overcome, to produce transformative changes across the criminal justice system. It will appeal to criminological and psychological scholars as well as students studying probation and prison practice, offender rehabilitation and desistance.