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This structured yet flexible manual presents an innovative group treatment approach that targets deficits in self-regulation a central problem for sex offenders. Safe Offender Strategies (SOS) comprises 10 evidence-based modules that teach participants the skills to desist from problem behaviors, manage their emotions and impulses, and break unhealthy relationship patterns. Motivational enhancement and validation techniques are woven throughout this collaborative treatment. SOS can be used with a range of clients including high-risk offenders and those with mental illness or intellectual disabilities in institutional or outpatient settings. Fourteen reproducible forms and worksheets can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
Jill D. Stinson, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University and formerly served as the Sex Offender Treatment Coordinator at Fulton State Hospital with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Dr. Stinson has worked with sexual offenders with serious mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and personality disorders, as well as with sexually violent predators. Her research focuses broadly on psychopathology and sexual offending, self-regulatory processes in persons with a history of sexual offending and violent behavior, and specialized assessment and treatment needs of forensic populations.
Judith V. Becker, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Becker is past president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the International Academy of Sex Research, has served as editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, and continues to serve on a number of editorial boards. Her clinical research has focused on both adolescent and adult sex offenders as well as victims of sexual abuse and aggression. Dr. Becker is author or coauthor of over 100 published journal articles and book chapters. She also consults on both criminal and civil forensic cases.
Table of Contents
1. A New Approach to Treating Sex Offenders
2. Theoretical Foundation of Safe Offender Strategies
3. Using Safe Offender Strategies: Pragmatic Considerations
4. Case Conceptualization and Working with Clients
5. Module 1—Why Am I in Treatment?
6. Module 2—Basic Treatment Concepts
7. Module 3—Emotions and Emotion Regulation
8. Module 4—Sexuality and Sexual Behavior
9. Module 5—Review of Motivation, Commitment to Treatment, and Treatment Goals
10. Module 6—Expectations and Beliefs about Interpersonal Relationships
11. Module 7—Dysregulation and Interpersonal Relationships
12. Module 8—Coping with the Past
13. Module 9–Making Good Choices: Managing Urges and Behavior in a Healthy Way
14. Module 10—Motivation, Commitment, and Treatment Goals
15. Family and Community Reintegration: Preparing the Client for Aftercare
Appendix A. Client Aftercare Packet
Appendix B. Additional Client Handouts