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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard A. Carroll, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book focuses on the complex issues of clinical work with patients who have been sexually exploited by a previous therapist. It offers recommendations for assessment and treatment with this population as well as identifying the important legal issues that are often involved. It also explores important issues regarding the therapists who commit sexual misconduct.
Purpose: Pope's goal in this book is to sensitize therapists to the unique needs of patients who have been sexually involved with a previous therapist. He offers a thorough review of the research on therapist sexual misconduct. He also provides valuable guidelines for the assessment and treatment of such patients. Pope accomplishes this very important goal very well.
Audience: This book is written for all those who offer psychological treatment. Because of the focus on therapist-patient sex, it is equally useful for students, novice therapists, and experienced clinicians. Pope is a respected authority in this area, due to his extensive research, clinical, and forensic experience with this topic.
Features: The tables summarizing previous research are clear and helpful. The reference section is extensive. The appendices, which present guidelines on forensic issues, are particularly valuable.
Assessment: This book is currently the definitive work on the issue of clinical and forensic work with patients who have had sexual involvement with a therapist. It is an important resource for every therapist, because most clinicians will see such patients in their practice. The book's one weakness is its somewhat dogmatic stance regarding the rehabilitation of offending therapists. The book is highly recommended for all therapists and should be required reading for trainees in the mental health professions.