Reoffending: A practitioner’s guide to working with offenders and offending behaviour in the Criminal Justice System
By Jonathan Hussey
This book is aimed at readers beginning their careers of working with offenders in the Probation Service and Youth Offending Service. Other professionals, such as the Police Service, homelessness services, and healthcare services will also find valuable and pertinent information covered as working practitioner Jonathan Hussey explores some of the most powerful methods in addressing offending behaviour today.
Reoffending examines how offenders enter the Criminal Justice System, and the working relationship between the offender and the practitioner. It goes on to cover specifics such as working with individuals who misuse substances, domestic abuse, violent offenders, working with sex offenders, and working with offenders with emotional problems.
The book includes tips, focused exercises and case studies that the author and many other professionals have found to be effective in daily practice – shedding some much needed light on the cloud of mystery that surrounds working with offending behaviour.
- Discover the world of practitioners who seek to change some of the most complex criminal behaviours in our communities.
- Explore and learn how to address different types of offending behaviour.
- Build your confidence and gain the proven and powerful knowledge to help change people’s lives.
- Unlock your potential as a budding or current practitioner and learn the basics of breaking the cycle of crime.
- Get the lowdown on how to survive as a professional in the Criminal Justice System.
- Take a step into the offenders’ eyes: learn to see what they see and feel – and improve your practice.
This book takes you through the skills that a Probation Officer uses and makes it clear that innovation is important in the new world of Probation. The importance of getting used to using CBT in everyday working life is made clear and Mr Hussey explains how Probation Staff can assist people who have committed offences to think though distorted thinking and make decisions about who they want to be and what they want to achieve. Ongoing training to deepen understanding and skills is recommended. I am half way through the book and still have more to learn.
Jonathan Hussey’s book has helped motivate me to take that step I have been meaning to take for some time with regards to applying to become a Probation Officer. This book was so easy to read and understand, and helped provide me with the insight and encouragement I needed. The exercises he spoke about using with his clients seemed great and I especially enjoyed the chapter at the end of the book which talked about how to safeguard yourself as a practitioner. I would definitely advise people considering a job in this area to take a read and support this book. It’s relatively cheap too!
Despite the price of this book ( which led me initially to believe that it was inferior to other criminology books), this book is a must for all who work in the criminal justice sector. Easy to understand, using normal everyday language and straight to the point.
I have found it invaluable in my current role as a trainee and can honestly sday that without this book I would not be progressing.
Best purchase on Amazon I have ever made.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Book
Chapter 1 – Entering the Criminal Justice System
Chapter 2 – The Working Relationship
Chapter 3 – Working with individuals who offend and misuse substances
Chapter 4 – Working with Domestic Abuse
Chapter 5 – Working with Violent Offenders
Chapter 6 – Working with Sex Offenders
Chapter 7 – Working with Offenders with Emotional Problems
Chapter 8 – Tips