Re: Julia Houston/Making Sense with Offenders

Chris Evans (
Thu, 15 Oct 1998 09:06:30 +0100

On 14 Oct 98, at 22:42, Bob Green wrote:

> I just saw a reference to a book by Julia Houston, called 'Making Sense
> with Offenders' which is reportedly an application of PCP to
> crime/offending.
> Has anyone seen this book or know Julia Houston? Any assistance is
> appreciated,
> regards,
> Bob Green
I know Julia well and have a great respect for her. She's a very
experienced clinical psychologist working in the forensic psychiatry
services based at St. George's (technically, the Pathfinder NHS
Trust!) She's been interested in using grids to look at eclectic work
with offenders. I contributed some rather elementary stuff on
analysing grids to the book and read through early drafts of some
chapters that were fairly grid oriented. I hope the book gets a
positive hearing somewhere and not caught in evangelical crossfire
about "true" PCP etc. (I'm sure she'll get some fire from her CBT
colleagues). Anyway, I'd better read the whole book but I'd love to
hear others' views.

Chris (ex of St. George's and known mate of Julia's -- nothing like
declaring your biases!)

Chris Evans, R&D Consultant,
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust