What Works in Therapeutic Prisons

Evaluating Psychological Change in Dovegate Therapeutic Community

Authors: Brown, J., Miller, S., Northey, S., O'Neill, D.

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Exploring the first purpose-built prison community of its kind, the HMP Dovegate Therapeutic Community, this book provides the most comprehensive coverage of this research to date, following the progress of individual prisoners' through therapy and highlighting the key essentials for prisoners to address their motivations and criminal behaviour.

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'This book gives terrific practical attention to the details of describing the project, remembering its history and context, exploring its methods, and raising issues on an increasingly complex level as the book evolves. It will be welcomed by its readership.'

- Russ Immarigeon, Editor, Offender Programs Report, USA

"In this unique book an account of the vision, preparation, then trials and tribulations involved in establishing the UK's first therapeutic community prison in decades forms the background to a very readable narrative of the accompanying research programme from inception to outcome. Rising to the many challenges the researchers persevered with an innovative, multimethod, longitudinal and process- (as well as outcome-) oriented strategy. What has emerged is a richly detailed, "warts and all" portrayal of decisions, reality and ultimate vindication, with clear lessons and implications for future policy, practice and research in this field. This volume should be required reading for those with an interest in penal policy, therapeutic communities, personality disorder, processes of personal change and research in institutional contexts." - Adrian Needs, University of Portsmouth, UK

'The idea of a therapeutic community is a complex one, even more so in a prison environment. Evaluating its work and its effects is a challenging process. This book describes, in a highly engaging way, how such a community operated - and endeavoured to meet the needs of its members while also addressing its task of returning them to society less likely to offend than before. The book reports a searching evaluation of many facets of this. It is a genuine "demonstration project" showing how to combine a variety of research methods: the exploration of individual-level change is particularly welcome. Most important of all, the people at the centre of the story show vividly through. Their struggles to relate to others in new ways, to leave behind damaged pasts and strive for better futures, are tellingly reflected in these pages." - James Maquire, University of Liverpool, UK

'What Works in Therapeutic Prisons is the culmination of the seven-year research project undertaken at HMP Dovegate Therapeutic Community... The authors are frank in their discussion of the challenges they faced, from changes in leadership to ethical tensions. From the spirit of their work, at once pragmatic and optimistic, as well as their more technical insights, there is much to be learnt.' - Probation Journal

'The book provides an important contribution to those who wish to understand more about forensic therapeutic communities and be more informed about the role they provide within the criminal justice system. The book not only offers an in-depth analysis of the way participants experience their time in therapy but also examines the experiences of those post TC treatment and provides an account of some of the factors crucial in supporting the desistance process. It gives an insight into what helps promote and sustain a potent therapeutic culture, and reminds us of some of the difficulties and strains experienced by those attempting psychological change. It also offers a narrative which highlights the necessity of a critical and reflective approach to practice.' - Richard Shuker, Prison Service Journal


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Aims and Overview

    Brown, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • The “What Works” Debate and the Fit of Prison-Based Democratic TCs

    Brown, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 19-29

  • Controversies, Beginnings and Workings of the Dovegate TC

    Brown, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 30-45

  • The Data

    Brown, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 46-74

  • Personality Disorder

    Brown, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 75-93

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Hardcover $110.00
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Softcover $37.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What Works in Therapeutic Prisons
Book Subtitle
Evaluating Psychological Change in Dovegate Therapeutic Community
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30621-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137306210
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30619-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-30620-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 283
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