ERIC Number: EJ865529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Treatment Manuals: The Good, the Bad and the Useful
Hollin, Clive R.
Journal of Sexual Aggression, v15 n2 p133-137 Jul 2009
This paper offers a commentary on the debate between Marshall and Mann on the desirability and merits of treatment manuals in the treatment of sexual offenders. Marshall offers a view of manuals as restrictive to clinical practice and as stifling to clinical innovation. Mann takes the position that manuals are a vital component in effective correctional practice. The commentary suggests that these contrary views are understandable: Marshall takes a clinical perspective and advocates best practice; Mann speaks from a realist forensic perspective in which manuals offer a practical means to deliver treatment on a large scale within prisons and probation. Of course, both positions have their merits and it is suggested that the two are perhaps not irreconcilable if the skills of the practitioner and model of treatment delivery are taken into account.
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Theory Practice Relationship, Guides, Counseling Techniques, Sexual Abuse, Criminals, Best Practices, Crime, Law Enforcement
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A