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Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: A Handbook



Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: A Handbook

Anthony R. Beech (Editor), Leam A. Craig (Editor), Kevin D. Browne (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-94125-5 October 2011 616 Pages

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A comprehensive resource for practitioners working with sexual offenders.
  • Discusses assessments and interventions, as well as providing a comprehensive literature review
  • There are around 10,000 convictions or cautions for sexual offences in the UK each year; early evidence suggests that treatment programmes can halve re-conviction rates
  • Edited by a University of Birmingham team who are world leaders in researching this area; the subject is of interest worldwide, with strong markets in Canada and New Zealand
  • Includes material on managing offenders with developmental disabilities and those with Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder  
About the Editors.

List of Contributors.



1. Overview (Anthony R. Beech, Leam A. Craig and Kevin D. Browne).

2. Attachment Problems and Sex Offending (Jackie Craissati).


3. Factors Associated with Sexual Recidivism (Franca Cortoni).

4. The Predictive Accuracy of Risk Factors and Frameworks (Leam A. Craig, Anthony R. Beech and Leigh Harkins).


5. Sex Offender Risk-Based Case Formulation (Douglas P. Boer, Jo Thakker and Tony Ward).

6. Psychometric Assessment of Sexual Deviance (Leam A. Craig and Anthony R. Beech).

7. Measuring Sexual Deviance: Attention-Based Measures (Carmen L.Z. Gress and D. Richard Laws).

8. The Standardisation of Phallometry (Yolanda Fernandez).

9. Using the Polygraph to Manage Risk in Sex Offenders (Don Grubin).

10. Assessment of Sexual Addiction (Liam E. Marshall and Matt D. O’Brien).


11. Decision Making During the Offending Process: An Assessment Among Subtypes of Sexual Aggressors of Women (Jean Proulx and Eric Beauregard).

12. Internet Sex Offenders (David Middleton).

13. The Assessment of Treatment-Related Issues and Risk in Sex Offenders and Abusers with Intellectual Disability (William R. Lindsay and John L. Taylor).

14. The Peaks: Assessing Sex Offenders in a Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorders Unit (Todd E. Hogue).

15. Predicting Risk of Sexual Recidivism in Juveniles: Predictive Validity of the J-SOAP-II (Robert A. Prentky, Ann Pimental, Deborah J. Cavanaugh and Sue Righthand).


16. Models of Offender Rehabilitation: The Good Lives Model and the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model (Tony Ward, Rachael M. Collie and Patrice Bourke).

17. Modifying Sexual Preferences (William. L. Marshall, Matt D. O’Brien and Liam E. Marshall).

18. Advances in the Treatment of Adult Incarcerated Sex Offenders (Ruth E. Mann and William L. Marshall).

19. A Community Residential Treatment Approach for Sexual Abusers: A Description of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation’s Wolvercote Clinic and Related Projects (Hilary Eldridge and Donald Findlater).


20. Treatment for Men with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexually Abusive Behaviour (Glynis Murphy and Neil Sinclair).

21. Interventions with Sex Offenders with Mental Illness (Tanya Garrett and Brian Thomas-Peter).

22. Working with Sex Offenders with Personality Disorder Diagnoses (Lawrence Jones).

23. Understanding the Complexities and Needs of Adolescent Sex Offenders (Phil Rich).

24. Multisystemic Therapy for Youth with Problem Sexual Behaviors (Elizabeth J. Letourneau, Charles M. Borduin and Cindy M. Schaeffer).

25. Female Sex Offenders: Issues and Considerations in Working with this Population (Hannah J. Ford).


26. Working to Prevent Sexual Abuse in the Family (Kevin D. Browne).

27. Police Work with Sex Offenders: Detection, Management and Assessment (Kevin D. Browne).

28. Community Strategies for Managing High-Risk Offenders: The Contribution of Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Hazel Kemshall and Jason Wood).

29. Actuarial Risk Assessments in USA Courtrooms (Dennis M. Doren).


"Within this book, Beech and his colleagues have set out to provide a comprehensive body of knowledge for professionals with a remit for assessing and treating sex offenders.9 This aim has been meticulously developed and it offers a scholarly, though accessible resource of great value within this field.9 For its breadth and thoroughness in achieving this objective, I commend it highly." (ATSA Forum, Spring 2011)

"This is an exceptionally valuable compendium combining current knowledge and recent advances in the field of sex offender theory, research and practice." (Association for the treatment of sexual abusers, 2011)

"The text has a number of strengths which distinguishes it from the rapidly growing corpus in this field. The most notable of these is the emphasis on applying the general techniques and concepts of assessment and treatment to specific sex offender populations. This includes groups that are often neglected such as female and juvenile sex offenders, as well as sex offenders with Learning difficulties and/or mental health problems. A further strength is the discussion of the utility and evidenced efficacy on comparatively new measures used in England and Wales, such as the penile plethysmograph and polygraph. Such discussions are essential given current trends in penal policy and practice with sex offenders. For those practitioners, academics and students who are interested in the assessment and treatment of sex offenders this Handbook is a significant addition to the literature and should be placed within easy reach on the bookshelf." (The Howard Journal, July 2010)