While the title of the book will either attract or repel potential readers, undertaking a critical review of counselling and forensic psychology is to be welcomed.
This collection sheds new light on the problems of people with mental health difficulties in the criminal justice system. It carefully shows that we cannot just label people as "mad" or "bad" but must instead consider a complex set of interacting social, psychological, legal and circumstantial factors, in order to understand how people become caught up in crime. This outstanding book will be essential reading for students or anyone interested in the complicated relationship between mental health, contemporary social life and criminal justice.
A quite remarkable and very well-researched book, in both its range and depth of exploring how our legal and psychiatric systems are used to control people who are different. The tensions between punishment and treatment are thoroughly examined. Critical socio-psychology at its finest!
A really interesting perspective is taken on the overlap between Forensic and Counselling Psychology, with contributions for experts in the field and use of contemporary research. A thought-provoking read.