SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC811498
Module Leader Michele Gilluley
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Concerned with providing an understanding of the theoretical and empirical underpinnings, contents and methods of current and widely-used approaches to intervention (or UtreatmentI) with offenders. Target areas centre around forms of offending and related factors, although problems of adjustment which cause concern to custodial staff or other agencies are also addressed. The module builds upon information and issues covered in the module on assessment, and shares the latter?s emphasis on careful analysis of problem areas and critical appraisal of practice.


1. What works in interventions with offenders? 2. Cognitive-behavioural interventions for offending behavior. 3. Treatment of sexual offending. * 4. Treatment of violent behaviour. 5. Treatment of adjustment difficulties and psychological disturbance in institutional contexts. 6. Risk assessment, management and intervening with different offender groups (e.g. offenders with learning disabilities, offenders with mental health problems, women offenders, fire setters and stalkers) * 7. Countering criminal reasoning . 8. Treatment issues in relation to psychopathy and personality disorders. 9. Treatment and management of offenders in the community . 10. Overcoming resistance and enhancing effectiveness; module review * Workshop ** Team Seminar

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to describe and discuss:. the results of meta-analyses of outcomes of interventions with offenders. concepts and methods of a cognitive-behavioural approach. the development and implementation of current programmes for sex offenders. issues and methods in interventions targeting violent behaviour. issues and methods in interventions with adolescent offenders. forms of maladjustment in custodial settings and forms of intervention. key components of intervention strategies aimed at reducing suicide and self-injury. the development and implementation of the cognitive skills approach to criminal thinking. issues and methods in the treatment of psychopathy and other forms of personality disorder. issues and approaches in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. issues, agencies and models of working in the treatment and management of offenders n the community. potential obstacles to the change process, ways of overcoming these, and developments in enhancing the efficacy of interventions

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures with discussion and exercises. Practical/workshop sessions permitting extended coverage by external experts. Team seminars involving preparation and presentations by group members. Directed, independent and private study to support and build upon the above. Assessment includes formulating action plans from case material, with supporting notes, based upon relevant literature; this is intended to encourage the linking of theory with practice whilst accessing and drawing ideas from published work.

Indicative Reading

On advice from the librarian, instead of providing unstable individual URL links to help you access material, the following generic approach will work for all modules and all journals. For all modules, books on the indicative reading lists have been 'tagged' by the library so the easiest way to access them is to go to the library home page and then the catalogue search, type in the module code (MMC811498) and select the 'reading list keyword' option. You will then be able to access all the key books linked to each course. In order to access the journal articles referenced, you should again go to the library website and then select the journal search option and search using the name of the journal, then following the link to the volume, issues and article you want. You may have to enter your Athens username and password at some point. If so, and you cannot remember it, you can access this by linking onto 'my Caledonian' selecting the 'Athens' tab (top right) and using the information given there. Beech, A.R., Craig, L.A., & Browne, K.D. (2009). Assessment and treatment of sex offenders: A handbook . Chichester: Wiley. -284 Byrne, J & Roberts, A (2007) New Directions in offender typology, design, development and implementation Aggression and Violent Behavior, 12 (5) 483 - 492. Craig, L A., Gannon, T A. and Dixon, L (2013)What Works in Offender Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment <> London: Wiley-Blackwell De los Reyes, A, Kazdin, A (2008) When the Evidence Says, Yes, no, Maybe: attending to and interpreting inconsistent findings among evidence based interventions Current Directions in Psychological Science 17(1), 47 - 51. Erooga, M. ,& Masson, H. (Eds) (2006). Children and young people who sexually abuse others: Current developments and practice responses, second edition. London: Routledge Farmer, R.F., & Chapman, A.L. (2008). Behavioral interventions in cognitive behavior therapy: Practical guidance for putting theory into action . Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Gannon, T., Ward, T., Beech, A.R., & Fisher, D. (2007). Aggressive offenders cognition: Theory, research and practice. Chichester: Wiley. Gannon, T, Ward, T & Collie, R (2007) Cognitive Distortions in Child Molesters: theoretical and research developments over the past two decades, Aggression and Violent Behavior, 12 (4) 402 - 426. Goldstein A.P. and Keller H. (1987) Aggressive Behavior: Assessment and Intervention: New York; Pergamon Press Hamel, J. & Nicholls, T.L. (Eds.). (2007). Family interventions in domestic violence: A handbook of gender-inclusive theory and treatment . New York: Springer. Harkins, L & Beech, A (2007) A review of factors that can influence the effectiveness of sexual offender treatment: risk, responsivity and process issues, Aggression and Violent Behavior , 12 (6) 615 - 627. -284 Hollin, C. R. (Ed). (2001). Handbook of offender assessment and treatment. Chichester: Wiley Hodgins, S., & Muller-Isberner, R. (2000). Violence, crime and mentally disordered offenders: Concepts and methods for effective treatment and prevention. Chichester: Wiley. -284 Hollin, C., & Palmer, E. (2006) (Eds.). Offending behaviour programmes: Development, application, and controversies. Chichester: Wiley. -284 Howells K., Watt B., Hall G. and Baldwin S. (1997) Developing programmes for violent offenders . Legal and Criminological Psychology , 2, 117-128 Hodgins, S., Muller-Isberner, R. (Eds.) (2000 ). Violence, crime and mentally disordered offenders: concepts and methods for effective treatment and prevention. Chichester:Wiley. Howe, D. (2005). Child abuse and neglect: attachment, development and intervention . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Hudson, K. (2005). Offending identities: Sex offender's perspectives on their treatment and management . Cullompton, Devon: Willan. Ireland, J.L., Ireland, C.A. & Birch, P. (2009). (Eds). Violent and sexual offenders: Assessment, treatment and management. Cullopmpton, Devon: Willan . -284 Jarvis T.J., Tebbutt J. and Mattick R.P. (1995) Treatment Approaches for Alcohol and Drug Dependence: An Introductory Guide. Chichester: Wiley Kanter F.M., Goldstein A. (1992) Helping People Change (4 th edition). Boston, MA, USA: Allyn & Bacon -284 Kroese, B.S., Dagnan, D. & Loumidis, K. (2004). Cognitive-behaviour therapy for people with learning disabilities. New York: Brunner Routledge. Linley, A & Joseph, S (2004 ) Positive Psychology in Practice,: Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc. Marshall, W.L., Anderson, D., Fernandez, Y. (1999). Cognitive behavioural treatment of sexual offenders. Wiley. McMurran, M. (2002). Motivating offenders to change. Chichester; Wiley. McMurran, M (2012) Alcohol-Related Violence: Prevention and Treatment (Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology) <> W iley: Chichester Pitts, J. (1999 ). Working with Young Offenders . Palgrave Macmillan. Roberts, A (2005) Crisis Intervention Handbook:assessment, treatment and research, 3 rd Editions New York: Oxford University Press. Robertiello, G & Terry, K (2007) Can we profile sex offenders? Aggression and Violent Behavior, 12 (5) 508 - 518. Rollnick, S. (2002 ). Motivational Interviewing (2 nd ed.). Guilford Press McGuire J. (Ed) (2002). Offender Rehabilitation and treatment . Chichester, UK: Wiley. Sheehan, R., McIvor, G. & Trotter, C. (2007). What works with women offenders. Cullompton, Devon: Willan. -426 Soothill,K., Rogers, P., & M. Dolan, M (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of forensic mental health . Cullompton, Devon: Willan. Speigler, M.D. (2002 ). Contemporary Behavior Therapy (4 th edition). Wadsworth. Springer, D, Roberts, A (2007) Handbook of Forensic Mental Health with victims and offenders: assessment , treatment and research , New York: Springer. Walters, G.D. (1998). Changing lives of crime and drugs . Wiley. Wormith, S, Althouse, R, Simpson, M, Reitzel, L, Fagan, T & Morgan, R (2007) The rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders: the current landscape and future directions for correctional psychology, Criminal Justice and Behavior , 34(7) 879 - 892.

Transferrable Skills

Transferable skills include: recognising links between theory and practice; understanding planning, implementation, quality assurance and evaluation of programmes; conceptualisation of the change process; critical appraisal of practice; organisation and communication within a team.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 106.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 106.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Practicals (PT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 50% 4000 WORDS