Consultancy and Advising in Forensic Practice: Empirical and Practical Guidelines.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Watkeys, Flippa
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
Publication: Name: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. ISSN: 0308-0226
Issue: Date: August, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 8
Topic: NamedWork: Consultancy and Advising in Forensic Practice: Empirical and Practical Guidelines (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Ireland, Carol A.; Fisher, Martin J.
Accession Number: 265976939

Carol A Ireland and Martin J Fisher, eds.

The British Psychological Society, Blackwell, 2010. 34.99 [pounds sterling] . 280 pp.

ISBN 978-0-470-74478-9

Consultancy and advising in forensic practice covers a range of topics in relation to the involvement of psychological approaches in forensic work within the consultation process and training approaches.

It clearly outlines the remarkable range of involvement that psychological approaches have across the forensic spectrum, covering the qualities and attributes necessary for a consultant alongside the processes and structures needed in consultancy and review of services, project management in complex settings and implementing effective training programmes into secure environments. An example of the range of the book is that it has chapters on the involvement in the application of cognitive interview techniques in investigations by the police to inspecting secure institutions.

Other helpful chapters include project management, performance and employee engagement. The chapter on use of a practical behaviour change has useful insights, again, when thinking about the types of new thinking and behaviour that are needed in a new team or when introducing a new approach.

It is well referenced and, in the most part, is easy to read. There are clear links made throughout the chapters and its structure has a collaborative style, which enhances the information and its applications in different settings. It is a practical guide and is very informative, and it is careful in its application of structures and theories, and advises understanding theoretical knowledge and deliberation about the best approach for any given area.

On the surface this book does not look as if it has relevance to occupational therapy practice within forensic services. However, I shifted my perspective from wondering about its application to occupational therapy, to an excitement of its application to support teams, leaders and managers to look at different approaches in service and team redesign in this period of significant change across the public services.

Flippa Watkeys, Acting Head of Allied Health Professions, West London Mental Health NHS Trust.
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