Locks, keys, and security of mind: psychodynamic approaches to forensic psychiatry

Yakeley, J. & Adshead, G.

  • In this article, the authors discuss psychological approaches to the understanding of acts of violence and, specifically, psychodynamic approaches to both formulation and treatment. 

Understanding violence: Does psychoanalytic thinking matter?

Meloy, J.R. & Yakeley, J.

  • A coherent psychoanalytic theory of violence has been hindered by the very few psychoanalysts who have actually worked with violent patients, by political allegiance to certain psychoanalytic schools of thought, a na├»ve belief that all violence is typically not intentional, but rather a problem of impulse control, and the lack of understanding of recent neurobiological findings concerning aggression. Although intensive psychoanalytic treatment is usually not appropriate for violent individuals, the authors assert that a comprehensive understanding of violent behavior from a psychoanalytic perspective is of relevance for all mental health practitioners interested in the nature of human aggression. 

Patients' experiences of forensic psychotherapy

Yakeley, J. & Wood, H.

  • In forensic psychotherapy there may be competing goals and agendas, influenced respectively by concerns about mental health and well-being, risk reduction and psychodynamically-significant change. There has, to date, been no published study of the goals and concerns of forensic patients undergoing therapy. Semi-structured interviews with ten patients considered by their therapists as having gained from forensic psychotherapy were analysed thematically. 

Attachment, mentalization and antisocial personality disorder: The possible contribution of mentalization-based treatment

McGauley, G., Yakeley, J., Williams, A., & Bateman, A.

  • This article outlines the evidence base and current psychotherapeutic treatment approaches for individuals with a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). 

Working with violence - a contemporary psychoanalytic approach

Jessica Yakeley

  • It has become an urgent priority to tackle the problem of violence. But in an age preoccupied with public protection and risk, violent behaviour is more likely to provoke a punitive response than any attempt to understand and address its root causes. 

    Drawing on the field of psychoanalysis and the expanding discipline of forensic psychotherapy, this book offers a strong conceptual framework for understanding the motivations and dynamics that underlie violent behaviour in adults. 

Treating the untreatable: The evolution of a psychoanalytically informed service for antisocial personality disorder

Jessica Yakeley

  • Jessica Yakeley's article appears in Contemporary Developments in Adult and Young Adult Therapy: The Work of Tavistock and Portman Clinics: Vol 1.


Psychoanalytic aspects to the risk containment of dangerous patients

Carine Minne

  • Chapter in Lectures on Violence, Perversion and Delinquency edited by Morgan and Ruszczynski.

Violence to body and mind; infanticide or suicide

Carine Minne

  • Chapter in Relating to Self-Harm and Suicide edited by Briggs, Lemma and Crouch.

The dreaded and dreading patient and therapist

Carine Minne

  • Chapter by Carine Minne in Psychic Assaults and Frightened Clinicians: Countertransference in Forensic Settings edired by John Gordon and Gabriel Kirtchuk.

Infanticide, Matricide or Suicide?

Carine Minne

  • This chapter by Carine Minne in the British Journal of Psychotherapy gives an account of a young woman suffering from a personality disorder who killed her baby and her psychoanalytic psychotherapy treatment in high security over several years. 

The Psychotic Wavelength: A Psychoanalytic Perspective for Psychiatry

Richard Lucas

  • The Psychotic Wavelength provides a psychoanalytical framework for clinicians to use in everyday general psychiatric practice and discusses how psychoanalytic ideas can be of great value when used in the treatment of seriously disturbed and disturbing psychiatric patients with psychoses, including both schizophrenia and the affective disorders. 

Violence to body and mind: treating patients who have killed

Carine Minne

  • This chapter by Carine Minne appears in the book Aggression: From Fantasy to Action. The book is a result of the 2nd International Psychoanalytic Conference: "Aggression: From Fantasy to Action", held in May 2010.

Forensic Psychiatry

Berman, J., Minne, C., Attard, S., Oyebode, O.

  • This chapter on Forensic Psychiatry appears in the new edition of a highly successful, award winning textbook for trainee psychiatrists, covering in one volume all the subjects required for the new MRCPsych and similar exams. Written in a highly engaging manner, it will also prove invaluable to qualified psychiatrists who need to keep up-to-date with the latest developments, as well as clinical psychologists, general practitioners, psychiatric nurses and senior medical students 

Treatment continuity in discontinuous worlds

Carine Minne

  • This chapter by Carine Minne appears in Contemporary Developments in Adult and Young Adult Therapy: The Work of the Tavistock and Portman Clinics: Volume 1 edited by Alessandra Lemma.

Letter to the Editor of the London Review of Books

Estela Welldon

  • Reprinted in International Psychoanalysis, Estela Welldon writes to the editor of the London Review of Books.

What About Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-based Society

Paul Verhaeghe

  • According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before. Today's pay-for-performance mentality is turning institutions such as schools, universities, and hospitals into businesses - even individuals are being made to think of themselves as one-person enterprises. Love is increasingly hard to find, and we struggle to lead meaningful lives. In *What about Me?*, Paul Verhaeghe's main concern is how social change has led to this psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves.

Nothing left to lose? Freedom and compulsion in the treatment of dangerous offenders

Celia Taylor

  • The 'Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) programme was established following the particularly high-profile double murder of a mother and one of her two daughters: the very kind of stranger killing that, although in fact extremely rare, the public identifies with most fearfully. This article examines the dynamics involved in offering dangerous offenders the chance to engage with a society that has hitherto refused to acknowledge them as full members, in the context of a medium-secure DSPD unit that operates as an adapted therapeutic community.  

Assessments and admissions during the first six years of a medium secure DSPD service

Freestone, M., Taylor, C., Milsom, S., Mikton, C., Phillips, O. & Coid, J.

Understanding Dunblane and other massacres: forensic studies of homicide, paedophilia and anorexia - an extended book review

Celia Taylor

  • This extended book review appears in Psychodynamic Practice 20 (2): 164-169. 

Effectiveness of modified therapeutic community treatment within a medium-secure service for personality-disordered offenders

Wilson, K., Freestone, M., Taylor, C., Blazey, F. & Hardman, F.

  • There is debate as to whether secure hospital treatment for offenders with personality disorder can be effective relative to criminal justice interventions. This study examines the evidence for long-term treatment of such offenders in hospital within in a modified therapeutic community model including accredited offending behaviour programmes.


    The article appears in the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 25(3): 243-261

Forensic Psychotherapy: Crime, Psychodynamics and the Offender Patient (Forensic Focus)

Cordess, C. & Cox, M. (eds)

  • Widely regarded as the definitive work on forensic psychotherapy, this major compendium is now published in paperback in one volume.

Violence: Reflections on our Deadliest Epidemic

James Gilligan

  • Part of the Forensic Focus series, James Gilligan focuses on how feelings of shame cause violent and vengeful behaviour, argues that conventional punitive legal and penal systems which are based on notions of justice and retribution perpetuate violent behaviour. This ground-breaking book is a read for everyone touched by violence, all those who are working to prevent it and its consequences.

The inpatient treatment of personality-disordered offenders: multidisciplinary successes and tensions

Taylor, C

  • This article was published in the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 12(2): 122-133.

    It is available through the Wiley Online Library.


International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies

  • The June 2015 issue of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies is dedicated to forensic psychotherapy and populated by articles by IAFP members. Please click on the link to access this very special issue online.

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