Review of Working with involuntary clients, a guide to practice (3rd edition)

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Reviews the book, Working with Involuntary Clients, a Guide to Practice (3rd Edition) by Chris Trotter (2015). The book offers an in-depth consideration of the key areas of working with service users who may be reluctant to work with professionals; more importantly, it illustrates the range of motivation service users may have to work with professionals despite being reluctant, such as engaging in substance detoxification programmes, where there is a threat that their child may be removed through to offenders who must engage with professionals whether they want to or not. The areas covered within the book assist readers to 'join the dots' between relevant professional approaches, established theories and practice. Key topics for consideration are psychological issues such as cognitive behavioral theory, a strong focus on evidence-based practice, Motivational Interviewing as a tool to engagement, fundamental relationship and role development processes between client and professional and links that should be made to 'expected non-criminal behaviour' which is described as 'pro-social behaviours'. This is an updated version of the version originally published in 2009. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationPractice
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 May 2015


  • Clients
  • Drug Rehabilitation
  • Involuntary Treatment
  • Motivation
  • Social Casework
  • involuntary clients
  • motivation
  • service users
  • social work
  • substance detoxification programs


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