Offender rehabilitation : a normative framework for forensic psychologists

Birgden, Astrid 2008, Offender rehabilitation : a normative framework for forensic psychologists, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 450-468, doi: 10.1080/13218710802101597.

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Title Offender rehabilitation : a normative framework for forensic psychologists
Author(s) Birgden, Astrid
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 450
End page 468
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, United Kindgom
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 1321-8719
Keyword(s) good lives model
human rights
offender rehabilitation
risk-need model
therapeutic jurisprudence
Summary Community protection from offenders is addressed through punishment, deterrence, incapacitation, and/or rehabilitation. The current public policy debate about community protection refers to community rights as opposed to offender rights as if the two are mutually exclusive. However, in this article it will be argued that offender rehabilitation can enhance community protection if it addresses community rights and offender rights. The author proposes a normative framework to guide forensic psychologists in offender rehabilitation. The normative framework considers psychological theory—the risk-need model to address community rights and the good lives model to address offender rights. However, forensic psychologists operate within the context of the criminal justice system and so legal theory will also be considered. Therapeutic jurisprudence can balance community rights and offender rights within a human rights perspective. The proposed normative framework guides forensic psychologists in the assessment of risk, the treatment of need, and the management of readiness in balancing community rights and offender rights. Within a human rights perspective, forensic psychologists have a duty to provide offenders with the opportunity to make autonomous decisions about whether to accept or reject rehabilitation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218710802101597
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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