Relationship and rehabilitation in a post what works era

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This chapter will explore treatment and rehabilitation in relation to mental health and substance misuse and will discuss the implications of being in a post-‘what works’ era in relation to criminal justice and particularly probation practice in England and Wales. Three related areas of development in theory and practice, namely, complexity, mimesis and virtue ethics, will be examined for the possibility of a method or methods to help to develop thinking about rehabilitation. This examination and analysis will assert the primacy of certain types of human relationships in solving what can appear to be difficult and often intractable problems and argue that in the area of mental health and substance misuse, a continued emphasis on rational choice theory and the effectiveness of deterrence, coercion and punishment underpinned by a naive positivism has a limited prospectus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisk and rehabilitation: management and treatment of substance misuse and mental health problems in the criminal justice system
EditorsAaron Pycroft, S. Clift
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781447300205
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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