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William Harmening has authored a number of books, including the following textbooks. These textbooks are all widely used throughout the U.S. and Canada. One was recently translated into Farsi and is being used in Iran. The top two deal extensively with the subject of police conduct and the use of force. Both include chapters dedicated to that particular subject. The bottom two deal with the subject of criminal behavior, and both present the subject from a developmental psychosocial perspective. You can follow the links provided to find the books at or to download a free .pdf copy

Forensic Psychology
By William Harmening and Ana Gamez
Pearson Publishing, 2015

To educate and inform readers on the rapidly evolving forensic psychology field, Forensic Psychology breaks the discipline into five distinct categories—police psychology, investigative psychology, criminal psychology,correctional psychology, and legal psychology. While each section is addressed separately, it clearly illustrates how all five are integrated in the practices of the criminal and civil justice system. A balanced approach gives readers the tools to understand forensic psychology principles today, and into the future. Each section discusses the major issues that define each subspecialty from a behavioral perspective. Every chapter features real-life case examples to engage the reader. Informative and thorough, Forensic Psychologywill help students gain unique insight into criminal justice professional best practices, as well as forensic psychology principles, theory, and recent research.

Crisis Intervention
By William Harmening
Prentice Hall, 2014

Crisis Intervention: The Criminal Justice Response to Chaos, Mayhem, and Disorder introduces readers to the methods and techniques of crisis intervention employed by police and correctional officers. Rather than focusing on abstract theories, this text presents real-life situations first and then explores the theories and methods relevant to those situations. It goes beyond the simple presentation of facts and incorporates best practices of policing and other topics usually found only in police training manuals. The text also examines the psychological effects of crisis on criminal justice professionals and ethical considerations related to crisis response.

Serial Killers: The Psychosocial Development of Society's Worst Offenders
By William Harmening
Charles C. Thomas, 2014

Whether it be Jack the Ripper in nineteenth-century England or Ted Bundy in 1970s America, the public has always been fascinated by the criminal offender type known as the serial killer. Professionals continue to speculate and develop new theories about their identity decades after their crimes ended. But what is it that causes such evilness in individuals that causes them to take an innocent life, not once but multiples times, and for no apparent reason beyond their own perverse psychological gratification? This fascinating book explores this question by looking at the psychosocial determinants of criminal behavior, including serial murder. The role of such internal processes as attachment, moral development, and identity formation in the development of a person's predisposition to various forms of deviance, including physical and sexual aggression, is reviewed. This information is then applied to actual serial killers, including David Berkowitz (The Son of Sam), Charles Manson, Eric Rudolph (God's Crusader), Ted Bundy (The Face of Evil), Edmund Kemper (The Co-ed Killer), and the Zodiac Killer, in an effort to construct a psychosocial profile of each and to attempt to pinpoint the various developmental factors that contributed to their eventual criminality. Finally, early intervention strategies are explored that can potentially redirect a child's developmental trajectory away from crime and deviance, and toward a more adaptive and socially acceptable behavioral repertoire. This book will be an insightful resource to all law enforcement professionals, policymakers, police academics, psychologists, psychiatrists, and many others in the helping professions as well.

The Criminal Triad: Psychosocial Development of the Criminal Personality Type
By William Harmening
Charles C. Thomas, 2010

What is it that compels a person to choose a life of crime and deviancy over one of responsibility and social conformity? To understand exactly how and why that choice is ultimately made, we must turn to the discipline of psychology. The author presents and then deconstructs his own unique formulation of the internal deterrence system, and looks specifically at the psychosocial development of each of the proposed component parts- attachment, morality, and identity. He then weaves together an example of the developing child and the role played by parents, peers, and internal psychological processes in the development of a moral and socially responsible adolescent who is able to effectively self-deter from crime and deviancy, or, in the event of a problematic course of development, its unfortunate antithesis. Topics include the evolution of crime, theoretical foundations, defining the criminal personality type, attachment in early childhood, moral development in middle-late childhood, morality and the criminal triad, identity formation in adolescence, criminal beginnings, and intervention strategies. A new perspective of the criminal personality type that integrates original theory with ideas and constructs from the likes of Freud, Erikson, Kohlberg, and Bandura, among others, is discussed. The end result is an interpretive guide for identifying a child's criminal propensity in its pre-development stages, and a road map for effective mediation before they reach that critical situation where a wrong decision can have lifelong consequences. This resource will be of interest to criminal justice and legal professionals, criminal psychologists and psychiatrists, and those in social work, sociology, social welfare, and victimology.

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