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Introduction: forensic psychotherapeutic approaches and the mentally disordered offender

Gill McGauley

in Forensic Mental Health

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Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780198566854
Published online July 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191769610 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198566854.003.0010
Introduction: forensic psychotherapeutic approaches and the mentally disordered offender

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Chapter 10 introduces forensic psychotherapeutic approaches to MDOs, and discusses about what happens to MDOs when they are locked up and whether they should be treated or only incarcerated. This section only describes psychotherapy, and focuses on two of the main types of psychotherapy available to MDOs; psychodynamic and cognitive and their derivatives. Unfortunately, the section could not be all inclusive and these chapters do not comprise a ‘how to do it’ section; rather it tries to convey how psychotherapy can contribute to understanding the psychopathology, risk, criminal acts, and interpersonal interactions of MDOs.

Chapter.  678 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry ; Forensic Psychiatry ; Psychotherapy

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