Rehabilitating Sexual Offenders: A Strength-Based Approach

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While most sexual offender treatment programs take an aggressive, confrontational approach that targets the offenders' denial, research has indicated that this common approach does not appreciably alter actual risk factors related to reoffense rate. Furthermore, this approach can alienate and demoralize offenders. Over the past 40 years, William L. Marshall and colleagues have developed and refined a motivational, strength-based approach emphasizing warmth, empathy, and support for the offenders. Backed by research, this positive approach does not ignore risk factors but presents them to clients as targets for the development of strengths rather than as deficits to be overcome. Such programs in both prison and community settings achieve a broad range of treatment targets and appear to reduce recidivism for both sexual and nonsexual crimes.

This landmark volume challenges how sexual offender treatment is typically conducted. It is thought-provoking reading for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and parole and probation officers working with sexual offenders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433809422
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 989,099
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 3

I Research and Theory on Sexual Offender Treatment 29

Chapter 1 Assessment 31

Chapter 2 Procedural Features of Treatment 47

Chapter 3 Personal and Interpersonal Factors 63

Chapter 4 Problems With Current Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches 77

Chapter 5 Evaluation of Sexual Offender Treatment Programs 91

II The Rockwood Psychological Services Programs 111

Chapter 6 Rockwood Preparatory Program 113

Chapter 7 Rockwood Primary Program 125

Chapter 8 Rockwood Deniers' Program 163

Afterword: Summary and Implications for Future Treatment and Research 173

Appendix: Therapist Rating Scale-2 179

References 189

Index 249

About the Authors 259

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