ABSTRACT

In the previous chapter we dealt with the idea that if it is the social space of the community in which the mentally disordered offender is created, and from which he is excluded, then it is also to this domain that he must return once the cure is effected. If the medicalisation of the criminal is to be a completed project then treatment must be seen as effective and accurate prognosis achievable. We also discussed how the inner dynamics of community living, in terms of the social, has become a treatment modality in itself. Social therapy, in all its diverse forms, is now a major treatment perspective for mentally disordered offenders as it is within this social space that they must successfully function. The deconstruction of this social space has involved the analysis of group dynamics, from the formation of groups and the interpersonal relationships with others to the community itself as a therapeutic enterprise. Simply stated, mere incarceration of the mentally disordered offender does not require the force of medicine; it is the return of 'cured' to the social space by which the profession will ultimately be judged.