Defining the needs in a contemporary correctional environment: The contribution of psychology

Stuart Byrne, Mitchell K. Byrne, Kevin Howells

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Prompted by a return of interest in rehabilitation in correctional settings and a consequent expansion of psychological resources, an investigation was undertaken into specific service needs as defined by a cross section of correctional services staff and key stake‐holders. Structured interviews were conducted to determine both the general issues and priorities in correctional services as well as to ask specifically what should be priorities in the development of psychological services. The results suggested that, in general, there was support for a programmatic approach to rehabilitation and for case management Psychological services were valued and seen to extend beyond just the provision of assessment, harm prevention and clinical services. The development of psychological services, in the opinion of the respondents, should focus on overcoming the lack of psychologists, their provision of a role model, undertaking evaluation and training other staff. This view was consistent with the generally identified need for better communication and more training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-104
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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