Chapter 4 – Community Management

The aim of this chapter is to inspire confidence in the reader: that is, in using an understanding of the model of personality development developed thus far, one can apply the psychological principles to achieve the improved community management of complex personality disordered offenders. In other words, treatment interventions are not the only option for reducing risk, and you should not despair if an individual refuses to engage or is found to be unsuitable for programmes or therapy.

Some familiarity with attachment theory – as described in chapter two – helps practitioners to understand how entrenched patterns of problematic interpersonal behaviour can develop as a result of early experiences in life. These patterns may be evident in the offence itself, and can be triggered within the relationship between the practitioner (offender manager) and the offender.