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Sexual Offender Treatment: Controversial Issues

ISBN: 978-0-470-86774-7
304 pages
October 2005
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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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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). Sadistic sexual aggressors (Jean Proulx, Etienne Blais and Eric Beauregard).

5. Sadistic sexual aggressors (Jean Proulx, Etienne Blais and É ric 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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Author Information

Bill Marshall is Director of Rockwood Psychological Services and Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Queens University, Canada. The author/editor of 12 books and over 200 papers, he is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada.

Yolanda Fernandez is Clinical Director of Rockwood Psychological Services and also the Sexual Offender Treatment Program at Bath Institution (Canadian federal penitentiary). She has over 20 publications including 3 books.

Liam Marshall is an active researcher at Queens University. He has written book chapters and journal papers as well as conference presentations.

Gerris A. Serran is employed at Rockwood Psychological Services and the Sexual Offender Treatment Programme at Bath Institution (Canadian Federal Penitentiary). She has published several book chapters and journal artcles.

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