This book is aimed at all practitioners working in healthcare and criminal justice community settings with individuals displaying antisocial, offending, and challenging behaviours, at times complicated by severe mental disorders. Despite risk assessment policies and procedures, we all know how disorientated we can feel when trying to make sense of what is going on in the course of our work. Contributors to this book describe familiar anxiety-provoking situations. Most importantly, they illustrate ideas and perspectives that can help you to rediscover meaning and purpose in your roles and tasks, with the ultimate objective of enabling service-users to manage more effectively the emotional turbulence that invariably lies behind their challenging behaviours.

chapter Two|21 pages

The lived experience of rehabilitation work with forensic patients in the community

A work discussion group with staff at a forensic hostel for residents with mental illness
ByAlla Rubitel

chapter Eight|21 pages

The interface between forensic psychiatry and general adult psychiatry

ByRichard Taylor

chapter Nine|25 pages

Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA): can we work with them?

ByJessica Yakeley, Richard Taylor

chapter Ten|16 pages

Gut feelings

ByRob Hale

chapter Eleven|13 pages

Work discussion group for trainees working in forensic settings

ByRuth Berkowitz

chapter Twelve|20 pages

Valuing the splits and preventing violence

ByOliver Dale, David Reiss, Gabriel Kirtchuk