This book is aimed at all practitioners working in healthcare and criminal justice community settings with individuals displaying antisocial, offending, and challenging behaviours, at times complicated by severe mental disorders. Despite risk assessment policies and procedures, we all know how disorientated we can feel when trying to make sense of what is going on in the course of our work. Contributors to this book describe familiar anxiety-provoking situations. Most importantly, they illustrate ideas and perspectives that can help you to rediscover meaning and purpose in your roles and tasks, with the ultimate objective of enabling service-users to manage more effectively the emotional turbulence that invariably lies behind their challenging behaviours.
David Reiss, MA, MBBChir, MPhil, PgD, FRCPsych, FAcadMEd, is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London. His research interests are in the interface between clinical forensic psychiatry and public policy, including work on personality disorder, recidivism, homicide inquiries and educational issues. His clinical and educational work focuses on enabling the multidisciplinary team to gain an enhanced understanding of patients, thereby improving care and reducing risk. Alla Rubitel MD MRCPsych, is a locum consultant psychiatrist in forensic psychotherapy at the Portman Clinic and locum consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy at the Gordon Hospital, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Her interests include psychoanalytic approaches to understanding and treating patients suffering from perversions, violence and delinquency, offenders with personality disorder, supervision and teaching of medical and non medical staff, and research on the Adult Attachment Interview. She is a psychoanalyst in private practice.