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Treating Stalking

A Practical Guide for Clinicians

McEwan, Troy / Galietta, Michele / Underwood, Alan

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1. Auflage Dezember 2023
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TREATING STALKING

Understand and address the drivers of stalking behaviour with this vital guide

In the thirty-five years since stalking was identified as harmful behaviour, addressing its social effects has largely fallen to criminal justice systems. There is, however, significant evidence to suggest that pure criminalisation has limited meaningful impact. Mental health and other interventions for people who stalk may be the only serious path to relief for many stalking victims. Despite this, robust research into treatment for people who stalk remains rare, and relevant resources for treatment providers few.

Treating Stalking is the first comprehensive guide for clinicians on this vital subject. It outlines 10 principles of effective intervention and gives detailed, practical, advice about delivering psychological and other treatment. It's content draws on decades of research and clinical experience, but Treating Stalking also proposes a stalking research agenda to help ensure that future practice is evidence-based.

Treating Stalking readers will also find:
* Case examples and worksheets from the authors' psychological practice
* Detailed advice on assessment, risk assessment, case formulation, and ethical and legal issues
* Discussion of multidisciplinary and multiagency management to help stop stalking

Treating Stalking is a must-have for any psychologist or other mental health professional looking to treat patients who stalk.

Acknowledgements vii

About the Companion Website viii

Introduction 1

What Is Stalking? 5

Why Is Treatment for Stalking Needed? 6

Key Facts About Stalking 9

Explaining Stalking 11

Laws Prohibiting Stalking 12

The Use of Anti- stalking Laws 13

Recognising Stalking 14

Biases Influencing This Book 18

Overview of This Book 19

Conclusion 20

References 21

Part 1 A Rationale for Stalking Treatment 29

1 Key Components and Principles of Stalking Treatment 31

Who to Treat? 32

What to Treat? 32

How to Treat 34

10 Principles for Treating Stalking 39

Summary 53

References 54

Part 2 Assessing Stalking 59

2 Preparing for and Conducting the Initial Assessment 61

The Role of Structured Risk Assessment in Assessing Stalking 63

Ethical Considerations When Conducting a Stalking Assessment 64

Preparing for the Assessment Interview 65

Approach to and Structure of the Interview 70

Assess the Person's Current Circumstances 72

Assess the Stalking Situation 73

Assess Personal History 86

Psychometric Testing 92

Conclusion 93

References 94

3 Understanding and Assessing Stalking Risks 98

Types of Risk in Stalking Cases 99

Structured Guidelines for Assessing Stalking Risks 105

Choosing Which SPJ Guidelines to Use 110

Using the Results of the SPJ Risk Assessment 112

Conclusion 113

References 114

4 Formulating Stalking Behaviour 118

What Is Formulation? 118

What Makes a Good Formulation? 122

Steps to Developing a Good Forensic Formulation 123

Sharing the Formulation With Clients 131

From Formulation to Treatment Planning 132

Behavioural Formulation of Stalking 132

Conclusion 140

References 141

Part 3 Treating Stalking 145

5 Developing a Treatment Plan and Strategies for Treatment 147

Steps in Developing a Treatment Plan 148

Practising Skills During Treatment 153

Treatment Strategies for Common Treatment Needs 154

Strategies That Target Awareness of Experience 155

Strategies That Target Acceptance 159

Skills to Decrease Impulsive Behaviour 161

Strategies to Improve Understanding, Tolerance, and Regulation of Emotional States 164

Cognitive Strategies to Reduce Impulsive Behaviour 168

Interventions to Address Thinking Patterns Supporting Stalking 172

Social Skills 180

Strategies to Help Build a Meaningful Life Without Stalking 182

Strategies for Successful Discharge and Continued Abstinence From Stalking 188

Conclusion 189

References 190

6 Establishing, Structuring, and Managing Treatment 193

Before Treatment Begins 194

Early Phase of Treatment 205

Mid to Late Phase of Treatment 216

Ending Phase of Treatment 227

Conclusion 230

References 230

7 Planning for and Managing Risk During Treatment 232

Drawing on the Formulation to Guide Risk Management 233

Early Phase of Treatment 237

Mid to Late Phase of Treatment 246

Ending Phase of Treatment 250

Responding to Increased Risk During Treatment 254

Conclusion 261

References 261

8 Multiagency Work When Managing Stalking 263

Why Is Multiagency Work in Stalking Cases Important? 264

The Practicalities of Multiagency Work 265

How Does Multiagency Cooperation Work Best? 267

A Framework for Multiagency Stalking Response 267

Considerations for Multiagency Work in Specific Contexts 272

Where Can Multiagency Work Go Wrong? 274

Examples of Organisations That Routinely Do Multiagency Stalking Work 277

Summary 279

References 279

Part 4 Towards an Evidence Base for Treating Stalking 281

9 Where to for Stalking Treatment? 283

Where We Have Come From 284

Some Thoughts About Where We Might Go 286

An Agenda for Future Stalking Research 289

Summary 299

Conclusions 300

References 302

Index 307
Troy McEwan, DPsych(Clinical), is Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, and Senior Psychologist at Forensicare, Victoria, Australia.

Michele Galietta, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, USA.

Alan Underwood, DClinPsy, is a Clinical Psychologist at the Stalking Threat Assessment Centre and Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health, Queen Mary University, London, UK.

T. McEwan, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia; M. Galietta, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, USA; A. Underwood, Queen Mary University, London, UK