Treatment of Sex Offenders

Strengths and Weaknesses in Assessment and Intervention

Editors: Laws, D. Richard, O'Donohue, William (Eds.)

  • Closely examines problem areas in assessment and treatment of sex offenders
  • Highlights strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary "treatment package"
  • Discusses problems in the new DSM-V classification of sex offenses
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This rigorous survey offers a comprehensive rethinking of the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders for a bold challenge to practitioners. It critiques what we understand about offenders and the mechanisms of offending behaviors, and examines how this knowledge can best be used to reduce offending and relapses.

 

To this end, experts weigh the efficacy of common assessment methods and interventions, the value of prevention programs, and the validity of the DSM’s classifications of paraphilias. This strengths/weaknesses approach gives professional readers a guide to the current state as well as the future of research, practice, and policy affecting this complex and controversial field.

 

Included in the coverage:

 

  • Strengths of actuarial risk assessment.
  • Risk formulation: the new frontier in risk assessment and management. 
  • Dynamic risk factors and offender rehabilitation: a comparison of the Good Lives Model and the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model.
  • The best intentions: flaws in sexually violent predator laws.
  • Desistance from crime: toward an integrated conceptualization for intervention.
  • From a victim/offender duality to a public health perspective.
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    A call to clear thought and accurate action, Treatment of Sex Offenders

    will generate discussion and interest among forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers.

     

    About the authors

    D.Richard Laws, Ph.D., was the director of the Sexual Behavior Laboratory at Atascadero State Hospital in California from 1970-1985; project director at the Florida Mental Health Institute from 1985-1989; manager of forensic psychology at Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta from 1989-1994; and most recently a psychologist with Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services in Victoria, British Columbia from 1994 until his retirement in 1999. Dr. Laws is known in the field of sexual deviation as a developer of assessment procedures and in program development and evaluation. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in this area and serves on the editorial board of several journals. He is past president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and is Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham (UK) and Cardiff University (UK). William O’Donohue, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and chairman and professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and an adjunct professor in the department of philosophy and a faculty member of the National Judicial College. He has published over 70 books and 150 journal articles and book chapters. He holds advanced degrees both in philosophy and psychology. For the past 14 years, he has been director of a free clinic that treats children who have been sexually abused and adults who have been sexually assaulted.

    Reviews

    “High-profile authors have written 14 chapters covering a wide range of topics, including risk assessment, assessment of disordered sexual arousal, strengths and weaknesses of treatment, and community control. ... Treatment of Sex Offenders is a well-written book … edited by two well-respected figures in the field. ... this appears to be an important contribution to the field and will prove to be quite useful for documenting the current state-of-the-art in assessment and treatment of sexual offenders.” (Anita Schlank, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (36), September, 2016)

    “The intended audience is forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers. The book is written by an international collection of authors from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Germany, and New Zealand. … This book does a good job of discussing both theoretical and clinical issues. The strengths/weaknesses approach helps clinicians to better understand what works and what does not. It should be in the libraries of professionals and researchers who work with sexual offenders.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, August, 2016)


    Table of contents (14 chapters)

    • Problems in the Classification and Diagnosis of the Paraphilias: What Is the Evidence That the DSM Warrants Use?

      O’Donohue, William

      Pages 1-17

    • A Brief History of Sexual Offender Risk Assessment

      Craig, Leam A. (et al.)

      Pages 19-44

    • Strengths of Actuarial Risk Assessment

      Lehmann, Robert J. B. (et al.)

      Pages 45-81

    • Risk Formulation: The New Frontier in Risk Assessment and Management

      Logan, Caroline

      Pages 83-105

    • Measurement of Male Sexual Arousal and Interest Using Penile Plethysmography and Viewing Time

      Wilson, Robin J. (et al.)

      Pages 107-131

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    eBook £50.99
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    • Immediate eBook download after purchase
    Hardcover £63.99
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    • ISBN 978-3-319-25866-9
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    • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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    Bibliographic Information

    Bibliographic Information
    Book Title
    Treatment of Sex Offenders
    Book Subtitle
    Strengths and Weaknesses in Assessment and Intervention
    Editors
    • D. Richard Laws
    • William O'Donohue
    Copyright
    2016
    Publisher
    Springer International Publishing
    Copyright Holder
    Springer International Publishing Switzerland
    eBook ISBN
    978-3-319-25868-3
    DOI
    10.1007/978-3-319-25868-3
    Hardcover ISBN
    978-3-319-25866-9
    Edition Number
    1
    Number of Pages
    X, 348
    Number of Illustrations and Tables
    1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
    Topics