A professional volume to help practitioners, clinicians, counsellors, and parole officers, assess risk and evaluate offenders who have been convicted of a sex crime. This is the most comprehensive volume available on every aspect of assessing risk. It compares all current risk assessment techniques of sex offenders in terms of ease of use, reliability, and predictive power. It is a complete guide to assessing sex offenders for likelihood of re-offense, and provides a wealth of information on other aspects of the assessment process, including information gathering, interviewing offenders, and writing reports. Chapter topics include: defining risk; data gathering; diagnostic issues; recidivism base rates; risk factor lists; actuarial scales; instrumentation (violent and sexual); the evaluation report; presenting in court; ethical issues. * This book collects, compares, and contrasts all risk assessment instruments currently available including the pros and cons of each as well as the reliability and ease of use. * Practitioners will have all these instruments in one volume and they will be able to make an intelligent decision on which one to use. * This is the first book where suggested diagnostic criteria for a certain disorder, Paraphilia Not Otherwise Specified, Nonconsent, are enumerated and explicated and where certain error rates (called confidence intervals) are printed concerning actuarial risk assessment instrument estimates.
This book presents Responsible Adult Culture (RAC), a truly comprehensive program for helping offenders to think and act responsibly. It provides the tools of the program with great clarity. In addition to exploring the needs of all offenders, the book addresses the special needs of both female and dual-diagnosis offenders. Responsible thinking means habitually seeing others and situations accurately, rather than in self-serving and egocentrically distorted ways. Because self-centered thinking is typically reinforced by negative group norms, RAC starts with the cultivation of a constructive climate ("mutual help" groups) to motivate change. Motivated group members then gain tools for responsible thinking through "equipment" (cognitive behavioral) meetings. These tools pertain to social skills, anger management, and the correction of self-centered thinking through social perspective taking (cognitive restructuring). Beyond documented reductions in distorted thinking and recidivism rates, RAC's synergy or round-the-clock interpenetration of positive groups and tools promotes a safer and more humane institutional culture.
How to Work with Sex Offenders is a complete handbook for professionals who deal with this very difficult population. This user-friendly, comprehensive resource presents new data that will give you techniques for effectively interviewing sex offenders and outlines innovative treatment options in an understandable way, but that is just part of what makes this book unique. The book walks you through the criminal justice, human services, and mental health systems as applied to sex offenders from start to finish -- you'll learn what happens to the offender from the point when he/she is apprehended, through prosecution, adjudication, and treatment. Thoroughly revised, this new edition builds on additional research data and new information, adding new chapters on Internet offenders, secondary victimization, sexual addiction, and child and adolescent sexual misconduct. How to Work with Sex Offenders is the resource you need to handle this extraordinarily difficult and vitally important task.