This book consists of a series of assessments designed for professionals working with mentally disordered offenders and clients with challenging behaviours. It is written for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, probation officers and professionals involved in court diversion schemes and is for use both before and after admission. Clearly laid out, and taking a holistic approach, each section focuses on a specific topic, giving the practitioner a tool that will capture essential and relevant information and enabling care teams to develop a comprehensive and consistent management strategy. Comprehensive in scope, users can select from the more specific sections those appropriate for use with particular clients. Forensic issues are covered as well as those for general use. This is a practical and user-friendly book; it contains the detail to ensure an accurate, objective assessment and is designed to adapt to each user's particular needs. The format allows and encourages additions to give a complete picture of the individual. Already extensively tested, this material is in current use.
'an excellent tool with which to assess mentally disordered offenders and those with challenging behaviours in pre- and post-admission situations<193> The holistic and clear manner affords the practitioner the opportunity to select from a number of individual assessments tailored to the needs of a particular client<193>the format is all-embracing and user-friendly. Each assessment incorporates enough detail to provide the practitioner with a thorough and impartial framework with which to assist the client<193>they allow the practitioner to develop and extend on the particular assessment to give a fuller picture of the client. Overall this is a very useful and comprehensive publication.' -Professional Social Work