This report focuses on recent policy, and academic and clinical developments in the therapeutic management of sex offenders, including the need for more robust assessment and risk management protocols. Information is provided on current thinking about psychological and pharmacological interventions. Meta-analytic studies clearly indicate that cognitive behavioural and relapse prevention programmes are the most effective intervention, but there is a small amount of literature suggesting that pharmacological treatments may have some utility. With advances in our understanding of the neural substrates of deviant sexual arousal we may be able to develop and trial novel neuropharmacological agents that target dysfunctional neurochemical circuits in this field. Increasing public concern about sexual offending and the risks these offenders pose in the community has led to a wave of new legislative measures to monitor and manage this group in the UK and elsewhere. In recent years governments have also significantly increased resources for probation services to run structured group-based intervention programmes for sex offenders.
Cognitive—Behavioral Treatment of Sex Offenders | SpringerLink
We have two general locations in which we operate our treatment programs: Canadian federal penitentiaries, and a community-based outpatient clinic. The treatment program we describe here is adapted to suit the special conditions in each of the locations, but essentially it involves the same components and processes. The only inconsistent process concerns the fact that, in some circumstances, we use closed groups i. The program we describe here is designed specifically for adult male sex offenders and targets those including nonfamilial and familial offenders who have sexually offended against either women or children.
Jump to content. Cognitive behavioral therapy reduces recidivism in both juveniles and adults. The therapy assumes that most people can become conscious of their own thoughts and behaviors and then make positive changes to them.
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