Sexual Offender Treatment: Controversial Issues / Edition 1

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The knowledge base on sexual offender treatment has become so extensive that following established paths is no longer the only way to expand understanding and improve the assessment and treatment of clients.

Written by established and recognised experts, Sexual Offender Treatment: Controversial Issues explores only the most current, novel and controversial issues in the field of sexual offender treatment

This comprehensive text covers a wide range of issues, such as recidivism risk assessment, diagnostic problems, preparatory programs, psychopathy and online sexuality. The contributors to this book are speculative and provocative, yet base their controversial approaches on evidentiary findings.

With fresh and alternative perspectives offered in each chapter, this volume aims to generate discussions and challenge the reader to reconsider their position on the issues. This innovative collection will appeal to all those working with sexual offenders in a range of capacities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470867747
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/2005
  • Series: Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology Series , #19
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.65 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

William L. Marshall, PhD, FRSC. Bill is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at Queen's University, Canada and Director of Rockwood Psychological Services, Kingston, Ontario, which provides sexual offender treatment in two Canadian federal penitentiaries. Bill has 35 years experience in assessment, treatment and research with sexual offenders. He has over 300 publications including 16 books. In 1999 Bill received the Santiago Grisolia Prize from the Queen Sophia Centre in Spain for his worldwide contribution s to the reduction of violence and in 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003, Bill was one of six invited experts to advise the Vatican on how best to deal with sexual abuse within the Church.

Yolanda M. Fernandez, PhD. Yolanda graduated with a PhD in Clinical/Forensic Psychology in 2001 from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. As a registered psychologist she currently holds the position of Regional Coordinator of Sexual Offender Treatment Programs within Correctional Services of Canada at the Millhaven Assessment Unit. Previously, she spent a year working as a psychologist in the maximum-security unit at Millhaven Institution. Yolanda has also worked as the Clinical Director of Rockwood Psychological Services, and the Clinical Director of the Sexual Offender Treatment Program located at Bath Institution (a medium-security federal penitentiary). In 1999 Yolanda designed a training package to teach effective therapist skill to clinicians working with sexual offenders. She has provided this training within Canada, the United States and several European countries. In addition to her clinical work Yolanda is an active researcher who currently has several presentations at international conferences and over 20 publications. her publications include an edited book, two co-authored books and three co-edited books. Yolanda's research interests include therapeutic process in testing with sexual offenders. She has been an active member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers since 1996, including spending two years as the Student Representative to the Board of Directors.

Liam E. Marshall, MA. Liam received his Master's degree in Psychology in 2002 from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. He is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University. Liam has been the graduate student representative on the Queen's University Psychology

Department ethics, headship, and departmental committees. He has worked directly with sexual offenders in correctional settings for over sight years. Liam is the lead therapist for the Millhaven Institution Sexual Offenders' Preparatory Program and is also a therapist for the Bath Institution Sexual Offender's Moderate-Intensity, Deniers, and Maintenance Programs. Liam has trained therapists in the delivery of sexual offender programming for the British, Scottish, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Prison services. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.

Geris A. Serran,  PhD. Geris graduated with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2003. She is currently employed at Rockwood Psychological Services where she works as the senior therapist of the Bath Institution Sexual Offenders' Program. In addition to her clinical work, Geris' research interests include therapeutic process, coping strategies, and treatment of sexual offenders. She has authored several book chapters, journal articles and presentations at international conferences in these domains.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Series Editors' Preface.




1. Recidivism risk assessments: making sense of controversies (Dennis M. Doren).

2. Stability and change: dynamic risk factors for sexual offenders (R. Karl Hanson).

3. Diagnostic problems with sexual offenders (William L. Marshall).

4. The civil commitment of sexual offenders: lessons learned (Anita Schlank).

5. Sadistic sexual aggressors (Jean Proulx, Etienne Blais and Eric Beauregard).

6. Online sexuality and online sexual problems: skating on thin ice (Al Cooper, Gale Golden and William L. Marshall).

7. An attachment-theoretical revision of Marshall and Barbaree’s Integrated Theory of the Etiology of Sexual Offending (Stephen W. Smallbone).

8. Coping and mood in sexual offending (Geris A. Serran and Liam Marshall). Shame and guilt in child molesters (Michael Proeve and Kevin Howells).

9. Shame and Guilt in Child Molesters (Michael Proeve and Kevin Howells).


10. New ideas in the treatment of sexual offenders (Tony Ward and Dawn Fisher).

11. Sexual offender treatment for psychopaths:  is it harmful? (Howard Barbaree, Calvin Langton and Edward Peacock).

12. Schema-driven cognition in sexual offenders: theory, assessment and treatment (Ruth E Mann and Jo Shingler).

13. Focusing on the positive and avoiding negativity in sexual offender treatment(Y.M. Fernandez).

14. Preparatory programs for sexual offenders (Liam E Marshall and Heather M. Moulden).

15. Putting “Behavior” back into the cognitive behavioral treatment of sexual offenders (Yolanda M. Fernandez, Jo Shingler and William L. Marshall).

16. Collaboration in clinical work with sexual offenders:  treatment and risk assessment (Jo Shingler and Ruth Mann).

17. When one size doesn’t fit all: the reformulation of relapse prevention (D.R. Laws and Tony Ward).

18. Appraising treatment outcome with sexual offenders (William L. Marshall).

19. Conclusions and Future directions.


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