The book split into two main sections. The first section covers the theories and principles underpinning our practice and the essential skills and frameworks for practitioners. The second section of the book introduces the exercises to promote positive change... I like the language and tone of this book. It's all very positive and encouraging.... This book very much focuses on engagement. Each worksheet or exercise is explained thoroughly to give the practitioner confidence in the delivery... it is a really good resource.
Based on a rich, integrated theoretical base and the authors' considerable professional experience, Changing Offending Behaviour provides an innovative, sophisticated and above all practical resource for the next generation of strengths-based offender rehabilitation practice.
This book will be an invaluable tool for those working with offenders and will help promote a positive and compassionate approach to the work undertaken. It is very well structured with a wide range of clearly written and helpful exercises, many useful tips and strategies for the practitioner and sufficient theory to explain the underpinnings and rationale for the areas addressed and aims of the exercises.
Changing Offending Behaviour sets out to be an accessible work-based resource for busy practitioners in a range of disciplines, and does just that. The book provides clear and comprehensible summaries of current thinking on Theory, Principles and Skills for relationship-based practice (Part One), and then provides a well-constructed and broadly based series of simple to understand Exercises and Session Descriptions (Part Two). It is full of well-founded professional advice, wisdom and encouragement.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Changing Offending Behaviour. Throughout there was a real focus on the individual developing insight and self-management. I would recommend Changing Offending Behaviour to any practitioner working directly with clients in the criminal justice system for both individual and group work; an excellent read.
Like all great books, this one will help you by encouraging you to ask intelligent and provocative questions - and if you use it wisely, it will support positive changes in your practice and therefore positive changes in others.