Counseling Addicts & Offenders:
A Guide to Criminal Justice Counseling
This course provides essential tools for pastors, chaplains, recovery facilitators, counselors, criminal justice personnel and others working with addicts and offenders, as well as those addicts and offenders who have had enough and are truly commited to changing their life.
If you have ever been involved in counseling addicts, perpetrators of domestic violence and/or other criminal justice offenders, or have had the misfortune to have personally experienced the criminal justice experience, you are all too familiar with the Judicial System's revolving door: a merry-go-round of arrest, conviction, incarceration, release, arrest, etc., etc.
Why, knowing the outcome, do addicts and offenders keep on doing the same old things?
In this volume you will learn just how differently addicts and offenders process information: distinctly different from other people. Their cognitive and affective thought processes are different; their foundational beliefs, life-commandments and value systems are different. And alas, their goals, purposes, and motivations are different. Attempting to correct their problematic behaviors through behavior-modification therapy is much like trying to treat a skin cancer by covering it up with a band-aid.
Counseling Addicts & Offenders will help you understand the mental processes of the addict and/or offender; discover new therapeutic approaches, techniques and modalities that have proven successful with this population. You will gain important insight that will help you select the most appropriate treatment setting, treatment team and therapeutic approach.
1. The Profile of A Perpetrator
2. The Axiology of Addicts' & Perpetrators' Twisted Thinking
3. The Etiology of Addicts and Offenders
4. Fractured, Fused and Frozen Emotions
5. Destructive Defense Mechanisms
6. Malevolent Misbeliefs & Life-commandments
7. Treatment Considerations
8. Selecting Treatment Settings
9. Treatment Methods & Modalities
10. Innovative Interventions
12. Case Studies & Considerations
13. Enduring Ethics
14. Judicial Jargon
15. The Last Word
Course Author: James V. Potter, Ph. D.
Dr. Potter has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member of several external study colleges and universities, and continues to serve as a faculty member of Vision International University. He is a leader in online counseling, distance learning instruction, and student mentoring. Dr. Potter is a member of the World Association of Online Educators, president of Jubilee Entrprises, and CEO of AFS Family SkillsInstitute and AFS Publishing Company.
Dr. Potter and his wife, Paula, are certified clinical pastoral counselors, operating community-based, Christian counseling centers in Hawaii and California for over two decades. They have specialized in the counseling of families at-risk, addicts, substance abusers and addicts, and criminal-justice offenders,and counseling perpetrators victims of family abuse and violence.
Dr. James V. and Paula Potter, MA, have authored numerous books, including seven that have been used collectively as the curriculum in judicial system certified anger-management, domestic violence abatement and batterer's intervention treatment programs that have a proven track record of recovery, with a recidivism rate among graduates of less than ten percent (10%).