RAN Handbook – Extremism, Radicalisation and Mental Health:

Toolkit for Practitioners

The current handbook is intended to serve as a resource for clinical forensic practitioners working with persons who exhibit risk/vulnerability to extremism and mental illness. Dr Zainab Al-Attar of the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom prepared the report, which was published by the Radicalisation Awareness Network: Health & Social Care subgroup.

This handbook is not intended to be used as a methodology for risk assessment, nor does it purport to provide quantitative measures of risk and vulnerability. Additionally, it makes no attempt to take a position on the medico-legal consequences of mental health factors contributing to extremist vulnerability/risk. Its sole purpose is to assist in qualitative assessments, formulation, and intervention planning, and it is intended to be used in conjunction with established risk assessment methodologies, intervention and therapeutic approaches, as well as mental health and counter-extremism frameworks and processes.

This handbook is structured as follows: It will begin with an overview of the fundamental concepts upon which the extremist risk/vulnerability formulation is based. Second, the guidebook will include sections on a variety of mental diseases or clinical diagnoses, with an emphasis on how the symptoms may be related to extremism risk/vulnerability and how such risk/vulnerability might be mitigated. Finally, it will include a reading list that practitioners can use to supplement or refresh their knowledge of pertinent theory and clinical practice.