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Handbook of Sex Offender Treatment

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Barbara K. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Date Published
1394 pages
The 70 chapters of this book are divided according to the following general topics: theories of the causes and treatment of sex offenders, assessment of sex offenders, the treatment of adult offenders, the treatment of juveniles and special populations, issues in the provision of aftercare, and program administration and policy.
The chapters represent the most important and useful contributions in the six volumes of the series "The Sex Offender," published by Civic Research Institute. The chapters were selected for their importance in advancing the understanding of the behavior and characteristics of sex offenders and for their effectiveness in assisting clinicians in assessing, treating, and managing offenders. The chapters have been modified from their original presentation in the six-volume series in order to take into account evidence-based research that has occurred in the 14 years since the series publication. The 18 chapters on theory connect causal theories to various treatment models described, including the assessment and treatment of empathy deficits, community-based responses, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and treating the emotional world of the sex offender. The five chapters on the assessment of sex offenders address clinical assessment, the assessment of cognitive distortion, use of the Sexual Adjustment Inventory, and the current state of adolescent risk assessment. The 18 chapters on the treatment of adult offenders address the community management of sex offenders, group therapy, the assessment and treatment of incest families, and the treatment of sex offenders who use the Internet to commit their offenses. Nineteen chapters cover treatment methods for juvenile, Hispanic, American-Indian, and comorbid sex offenders. Four chapters discuss issues in the provision of aftercare for sex offenders in the community, and six chapters consider issues in program administration and policy in the management of sex offenders in the community and in residential programs. Chapter table of contents and references