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March 5, 2010

ULM Professor publishes text demonstrating counseling techniques

Dr. Robert Hanser, head of the department of criminal justice, is the lead author of new text recently published by Pearson/Prentice Hall.

The text, Correctional Counseling, is one of the few to demonstrate specific counseling techniques and modalities with the offender population. The text provides guidance in the treatment of many specialized offender typologies, such as domestic batterers, sex offenders, drug offenders, juvenile offenders, female offenders, as well as offenders with various health issues and challenges.

Hanser co-authored the text with Dr. Scott Mire of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who has worked with the offender population in a variety of capacities, both treatment and law-enforcement related. In addition, Alton Braddock, a ULM faculty member of the department of criminal justice, provided his expertise as a former prison warden and correctional administrator.
Hanser has experience providing treatment services with domestic batterers, substance abusers, adjudicated youth, and female offenders. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings and has published on various issues related to treatment.

Because of his experience in both the real-world and academic settings, Correctional Counseling offers a strong practitioner orientation, enabling students to become proficient in providing basic correctional counseling services to the offender population.

“The overarching goal of the text is to provide a teaching-and-learning aid that will create practitioners in the field who are competent in offender treatment,” said Hanser.

“This text is unique because it provides clear and specific instruction on how treatment with difficult correctional populations should be conducted,” he added. “It is not just an exercise in theory, it shows students exactly how treatment is done within the correctional setting.”

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