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Good lives model applied to a forensic population

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posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by M Barnao, P Robertson, Tony Ward
According to the good lives model (GLM) all human beings seek primary goods (i.e., activities or experiences that benefit them) and offending reflects attempts to pursue these goods in ways that are unacceptable to society and damaging to the individual and others. The aim of this article was to explore how the GLM can be developed for use with a forensic population, a heterogeneous group of individuals whose common feature is the interface of the criminal justice and mental health systems. The conceptual, clinical and philosophical implications of using the good lives model of forensic mental health (GLM-FM) are explored. Three case studies are used to illustrate the ways in which the enriched model can provide a holistic approach to conceptualizing offending that occurs in the context of mental illness and in guiding treatment planning. It is suggested that the augmented model provides a clinically flexible and ethically sound framework for formulating treatment issues for forensic patients.

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Journal

Psychiatry, psychology and law

Volume

17

Issue

2

Pagination

202 - 217

Publisher

Australian Academic Press

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1321-8719

eISSN

1934-1687

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

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