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The Alliance & the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model

The Alliance & the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model

The once widely accepted concept that the therapeutic relationship was central to criminal justice practice was marginalised during and after the [...] Read more

Why you shouldn't ask 'Why?'

Why you shouldn't ask 'Why?'

Several approaches to supporting people, such as Brief Solution Focused Therapies, Motivational Interviewing and Coaching promote the use of [...] Read more

Pro Social Modelling and the Therapeutic Alliance

Pro Social Modelling and the Therapeutic Alliance

Chris Trotter’s ‘pro-social modelling’ approach (Trotter, 1999; 2009) is one of the best known approaches in the delivery of criminal justice [...] Read more

Therapeutic Relationships and Motivational Interviewing

Therapeutic Relationships and Motivational Interviewing

Motivation is seen as a key determinant of successful treatment outcomes and is recognised as a component of the personal aspects of the therapeutic [...] Read more

Therapeutic Involvement

Therapeutic Involvement

I first proposed this model when researching the Therapeutic Working Alliance in Prison-based Drug Treatment. Exploring the relationship between [...] Read more

What is 'What Works'?

What is 'What Works'?

Research findings have long favoured treatment over punishment in terms of effective reduction of recidivism, although this has not always been the [...] Read more

Asperger Syndrome and Strength-Based Assessment

Asperger Syndrome and Strength-Based Assessment

This post will look at using a 'strength based approach' to working along side people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, especially Asperger [...] Read more

Lessons from the DRDs in Scotland 2016 Report

Lessons from the DRDs in Scotland 2016 Report

In 2016, 867 drug-related deaths were recorded in Scotland. Similarly to the figures reported by the ONS relating to drug-related deaths in England [...] Read more

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