By Jack Bush
This booklet attracts at the newest literature to focus on a primary problem in criminal rehabilitation; it questions the facility of latest techniques to deal with this problem, and proposes another technique of legal justice that integrates regulate, chance, and autonomy.
• presents an up-to-the-minute overview of the hyperlinks among cognition and legal habit, in addition to remedy and rehabilitation
• Engages at once with the delinquent underpinnings of legal habit, an immense obstacle to therapy and rehabilitation
• Outlines a transparent approach for speaking with offenders that's firmly rooted within the “What Works” literature, is evidence-based, and gives a fashion of attractive even the main delinquent of offenders by means of proposing them with significant possibilities to change
• deals hands-on directions established upon the real-life strategies and presentation of the high-risk offender
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Extra resources for Cognitive Self Change: How Offenders Experience the World and What We Can Do About It
We are simply choosing to frame our own attitudes – in this specific context and to this specific purpose – around some simple and basic facts of human experience. We step aside from categorical judgments, but this does not cut us loose from our own moral, clinical, or personal moorings. It does make genuine communication with offenders possible. It is not hard to do if we put our minds to it, and the better we do it the better it works. Phenomenology and Self-reports: Some Preliminary Comments about Method Phenomenology can be defined as the objective examination of subjective experience.
That context inevitably lies within one or another corner of the criminal justice system. Whether we are prison officials responsible for controlling their behavior, or clinicians with the helpful intention of making them well, we are inevitably – and correctly – perceived by offenders as part of a system that is forced upon them against their will. Add to this that offenders are not known to be honest. How then can we rely on what they tell us about their most private thoughts and feelings? We do not assume that offenders are accurate and objective observers of their own experience, or that they are willing to report those experiences to us accurately and objectively.
Step One: Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Step Two: See the connection between your thoughts and feelings and your offending actions. Step Three: Think of new ways to think that would not lead you to offend and that would let you feel OK about yourself if you think that way. Step Four: Practice using these new ways to think in real-life situations until you become good at it. Step One is taught as an exercise in objective self-observation: pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, and do nothing more than that.