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Training probation officers in case formulation for personality disordered offenders

Brown, Susan; Beeley, Chris; Patel, Gita; Völlm, Birgit

Authors

Susan Brown

Chris Beeley

Gita Patel

Birgit Völlm



Abstract

Background: The recent UK Strategy on Managing High Risk of Serious Harm Offenders with Severe Personality Disorder proposes a significant role for Offender Managers (OMs) completing case formulations on personality disordered (PD) offenders. However, there is very little evidence as to whether Offender Managers can be taught to carry out case formulation.
Aim: The primary aims of this study were to devise and implement a training programme to teach Offender Managers to carry out case formulations, and assess their subsequent ability to do so. A secondary aim was to assess whether the training led to changes in OMs’ attitudes towards working with PD offenders.
Method: A five day training programme was delivered to 20 Offender Managers, whose ability to carry out case formulation was assessed before and after the training using a 10 point quality checklist. Attitudes towards PD were also assessed before and after. Qualitative feedback relating to the training was used to provide further insight into the findings.
Results: Offender Managers showed a significant improvement in their ability to carry out case formulation following training with 7 out of the 10 quality domains on the quality checklist rated as at least ‘satisfactory’ post-training. Qualitative feedback highlighted reasons for some of the shortfalls in two of the three areas that did not show improvement. Improvements were shown in attitudes towards working with PD offenders in two out of three domains.
Conclusion: This study provides some evidence for Offender Managers’ ability to carry out case formulation following training, improvements in attitudes towards working with PD offenders and difficulties specific to this addition to their current role.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Journal Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health
Print ISSN 0957-9664
Electronic ISSN 1471-2857
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Brown, S., Beeley, C., Patel, G., & Völlm, B. (2018). Training probation officers in case formulation for personality disordered offenders. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 28(1), doi:10.1002/cbm.2006
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.2006
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cbm.2006/full
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: wn, S., Beeley, C., Patel, G., and Völlm, B. (2016) Training probation officers in case formulation for personality disordered offenders. Crim Behav Ment Health, doi: 10.1002/cbm.2006, which has been published in final form at: http://onlinelibrary.wi...1002/cbm.2006/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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