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The Treatment of Sex Offenders with Developmental Disabilities: A Practice Workbook

ISBN: 978-0-470-74160-3
360 pages
April 2009
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A practical treatment manual, specifically developed for use with offenders who have intellectual disabilities, which will help clinicians to prepare and run therapeutic group sessions as part of an offender rehabilitation programme.
  • Traditional methods and techniques have been modified so that they can be used with offenders with developmental disabilities
  • Looks at topics such as disclosure, dealing with cognitive distortions, the cycle of offending, victim awareness, pathways to offending and non-offending and relapse prevention
  • As well as CBT, new initiatives in offender rehabilitation, such as self-regulation and the Good Lives Model (GLM), are covered
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Table of Contents

List of Figures.



About the Author.

Part One Background Research and Theory.

Chapter 1 Introduction to Offenders, Sex Offenders and Abusers with Intellectual Disability.

Chapter 2 Assessment of Offence-Related Issues.

Chapter 3 Risk Assessment.

Chapter 4 Treatment of Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour.

Chapter 5 Theories of Sexual Offending and Intellectual Disability.

Chapter 6 A Theory for the Sex Offence Process and a Model for Treatment in Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities.

Part Two Treatment Considerations.

Chapter 7 Introduction to the Treatment Programme.

Chapter 8 Promoting Motivation.

Part Three Treatment Manual.

Chapter 9 Induction, Setting the Rules, Explaining the Modules.

Chapter 10 Offence Disclosure and Accounts.

Chapter 11 Allocating Offenders to Pathways.

Chapter 12 Cognitive Distortions and Attitudes.

Chapter 13 Problem Solving Scenarios and Exercises Which Challenge Cognitive Distortions.

Chapter 14 Personal Physical and Sexual Abuse.

Chapter 15 The Cycle of Offending.

Chapter 16 Victim Awareness and Empathy.

Chapter 17 Use of Pornography and Dealing with Sexual Fantasy.

Chapter 18 Attachments and Relationships.

Chapter 19 Lifestyle Change and Preventing Relapse.

Chapter 20 Evaluation of Progress.


Appendix 1 Vignettes and Scenarios for Problem Solving Exercises.

Appendix 2 Examples of Quiz Questions.


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Author Information

William R. Lindsay, PhD, is Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lead Clinician in Scotland and Head of Research for Castlebeck Care, Darlington, UK. He is also Chair of Learning Disabilities and Forensic Psychology at the University of Abertay, Dundee. Previously he was a consultant psychologist in the State Hospital, Scotland with responsibilities for intellectual disabilities and mainstream sex offender treatment. He is currently associate editor for the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities and the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and is also on the editorial board for the British Journal of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.
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"Each chapter is made up of a series of exercises in which specific group activities are described in detail, frequently including examples of dialog that might occur during the exercise to illustrate the focus of the session." (PsycCRITIQUES, March 2010)
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