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Advancing the Use of CBT with Justice-Involved Women


Forensic CBT: A Handbook for Clinical Practice is an edited collection that represents the first authoritative resource on the utilization of Cognigive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies and techniques for offender clients.

Erica King, Policy Associate at the USM Muskie School of Public Services is co-author with Dr. Marilyn Van Dieten on chapter 16 in Part III of the book, Tailoring CBT to Special Forensic Populations, which looks at cognitive behavioral therapy for justice-involved women.  The authors highlight the differential needs of justice-involved women and discuss how to conduct gener-responsive treatment.

The book features contributions from leaders of the major schools of CBT on the treatment of antisocial personality patterns as well as anger, interpersonal violence, substance abuse, and sexual aggression; Addresses modified CBT approaches for female, juvenile, and culturally diverse forensic populations; Covers emerging areas of forensic practices, including the integration of motivational interviewing and strength-based approaches; and Includes an assortment of worksheets, handouts, and exercises for practitioners to use with their clients.

Suggested Citation:

Van Dieten, M., & King, E. (2013). Advancing the use of CBT with justice-involved women. In R. C. Tafrate & D. Mitchell (Eds.), Forensic CBT: A handbook for clinical practice (pp. 329-353). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Publication Type: 
Book Chapter
Publish Date: 
November 1, 2013

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