Mandated for work in the juvenile justice system by the federal government and highly recommended for work with adult female offenders as well, the gender sensitive approach takes into account the special needs of girls and women. Addressing this gap in the literature, this book shows how professionals can address the needs of female offenders. Social workers, counselors, psychologists, and correctional officers who work with female offenders are provided with counseling skills in treating female offenders on anger management, communication, stress management, and other issues.
KATHERINE VAN WORMER is a Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. She has also taught in the departments of sociology and criminal justice. Van Wormer is the author of fourteen books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. Among her scholarship awards, she has won the McKay Faculty Research Award, the Faculty Excellence Award, and the Outstanding Scholarship Award.
Preface vi Acknowledgments xiv About the Author xv Part I: Gender-Sensitive versus Gender-Neutral 1 Chapter 1: A Gendered Approach 3 Part II: Pathways to Crime 23 Chapter 2: Traditional and Gender-Sensitive Treatment for Delinquent Girls 25 Chapter 3: The Nature of Women's Crime 63 Part III: Working in Correctional Institutions 97 Chapter 4: Women in Prison 99 Chapter 5: Gender-Sensitive Programming within Institutional Settings 139 Part IV: Skills for Correctional Counseling 185 Chapter 6: Counseling the Female Offender 187 Chapter 7: Teaching Life Skills and Promoting Healing 219 Epilogue 257 References 263 Index 291