Interviewing people given a diagnosis of personality disorder in forensic settings

Willmot, Phil and Evershed, Susan (2018) Interviewing people given a diagnosis of personality disorder in forensic settings. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 17 (4). pp. 338-350. ISSN 1499-9013

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Abstract

Extensive histories of complex developmental trauma and insecure attachment are widespread among people given a diagnosis of personality disorder in forensic settings, and are likely to be important predisposing factors that contribute to their offending behavior. In working with this population, it is important to bear this in mind, and helpful to formulate clients’ challenging behaviors as a set of learned responses to perceived threat, or as survival strategies. Such an approach not only makes the interviewing process more effective, it also helps to avoid perpetuating destructive patterns of behavior and relationship between forensic clients and people in authority. We present seven principles for effective interviewing with this population: (a) careful preparation; (b) a constant focus on the therapeutic
relationship; (c) providing structure and containment; (d) adopting a flexible approach; (e) managing therapy-interfering behaviors; (f) obtaining supervision; and (g) adopting a whole-team approach.

Keywords:Personality disorder, Interviewing, power threat meaning framework
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:34838
Deposited On:14 Mar 2019 16:40

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