Application of strengths-based principles in addressing mental health issues in the criminal justice system

Francis, Abraham, and Chong, Mark David (2015) Application of strengths-based principles in addressing mental health issues in the criminal justice system. In: Francis, Abraham, La Rosa, Paula, Sankaran, Lakshmi, and Rajeev, S.P., (eds.) Social Work Practice in Mental Health: cross-cultural perspectives. Allied Publishers, New Delhi, India, pp. 90-102.

[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

 
5


Abstract

In the recent times, there has been an increased focus in using a strengths-based perspective in many fields of practice, especially social work, nursing, mental health and education, to name a few. While there has been much discussion about using this approach in various contexts, little however has been explored in relation to how this modality can be employed in the criminal justice system to address mental health concerns. Strengths-based practice is not about discounting the existing problems of the mentally ill offenders but rather is an approach to view things differently through a lens of positivity and an attitude of optimism and hope. This chapter looks at the ways in which these principles can be applied in the criminal justice system and in particular, to address mental health issues. Based on the existing literature, critical reflections and active engagement with practitioners from the field, the authors have articulated a number of key ideas and suggestions on how practical strategies may be implemented in this specific context of practice.

Item ID: 37294
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: criminal justice system; strengths-based practice; prisoners; mental illness
Related URLs:
ISBN: 978-81-8424-958-3
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2015 06:02
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 25%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 25%
Downloads: Total: 5
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page