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Treating Sex Offenders: A Guide to Clinical Practice with Adults, Clerics, Children, and Adolescents, Second Edition

by Letitia C Pallone, William E Prendergast

This vital new edition includes appropriate additions and changes to treatment techniques, progress reports on case study subjects, reader feedback on the original book, and perhaps most important, new information on religious personnel who molest children.

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Gain important new insights into religious personnel who molest children!

Treating Sex Offenders: A Guide to Clinical Practice with Adults, Clerics, Children, and Adolescents, Second Edition updates the groundbreaking original with new material that integrates adolescent and adult sex offenders, emphasizing similarities and differences in personality type, behavior, and treatment. Author William Prendergast draws on four decades' experience in working in the diagnosis and treatment of habitual sex offenders to present a straightforward look at what makes them tick. This vital new edition includes appropriate additions and changes to treatment techniques, progress reports on case study subjects, reader feedback on the original book, and perhaps most important, new information on religious personnel who molest children.

Treating Sex Offenders provides training in clear language for those working with sexual offenders and explanations in simple terms for those suffering as a result of their actions. The book parallels workshops and courses conducted by the author, detailing how to identify major characteristics and traits of offenders, different types of offenders, child and adolescent offenders, how to recognize warning signs of deviant behavior, and how to apply specific treatment techniques that really work. Individual aspects of the makeup and treatment of the compulsive adult and adolescent sex offender are addressed through factors, traits, treatment, and candid cases studies.

Treating Sex Offenders addresses the most vital issues involving sexual pathology, including:

  • inadequate personality theory
  • sexual performance problems
  • imprinting
  • self-confrontation
  • sex as the chosen deviation
  • the five c's of sex offender treatment
  • and much more!
Treating Sex Offenders: A Guide to Clinical Practice with Adults, Clerics, Children, and Adolescents, Second Edition is an essential resource for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and those in the criminal justice field who deal with sex offenders on a daily basis. Family members involved in the lives of sex offenders and survivors of sexual abuse or assault will find the case studies enlightening in making sense of a tragic situation.

359 pages, hardcover

  • List of Boxed Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • SECTION I: IDENTIFYING SEX OFFENDERS
  • Chapter 1. Distinguishing Characteristics of Sex Offenders: The Who of Treatment
  • Introduction
  • A Clinically Derived Table of Traits
  • The Obsessive-Compulsive Pattern
  • The Question of Choice
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Impulsive versus Compulsive
  • Chapter 2. The Inadequate Personality
  • Introduction
  • The Effect of Adolescent Sexual Crisis
  • Modes of Pathological Adjustment in Adulthood
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 3. The Never-Satisfied Parent: Negative Self-Image and Selective Perception
  • Introduction
  • Perfectionism and the Fear of Failure Syndrome
  • Treatment Considerations
  • New Image Dangers
  • Selective Perception
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 4. Exaggerated Needs for Control
  • Control Methods of Exhibitionists and Voyeurs
  • Control Methods of Pedophiles and Hebophiles
  • Control Methods in Sexually Assaultive Persons
  • Rage-Triggering Techniques
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 5. Pervasive Guilt and Subjective Judgment
  • Rulers and Subjective Judgment Memories
  • Guilt As a Block to Therapeutic Progress
  • Judgment versus Curiosity
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 6. Relational Issues
  • Passive and Aggressive Personalities
  • Severely Impaired Interpersonal Relationships
  • The Sex Offender’s Inability to Relate to Peers
  • The Dangers of Symptom Removal
  • Repression and Trauma-Induced Compulsion
  • Emotions Suppressed or Displaced
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 7. Sexual Performance Problems
  • Strong Performance Needs
  • The Sex Offender’s Use of Masturbation
  • The Unrealistic Small Penis Complex
  • Distorted Sexual Values
  • Deviant Arousal Patterns
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 8. Remaining Characteristic Deficits in Sex Offenders
  • Defective Goal-Setting Patterns
  • Identity Confusion
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Typology of Adolescent Sex Offenders
  • The Remainder of the Adolescent Sex Offender Trait List
  • SECTION II: TREATMENT OF SEX OFFENDERS
  • Chapter 9. Treatment Issues: Overview
  • Introduction
  • The Important First Contact
  • Clinical Interviewing Principles
  • Terms
  • Group versus Individual Treatment
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 10. The Five Cs of Sex Offender Treatment
  • Confrontation by the Therapist
  • Cautions
  • Confirmation
  • Control
  • Continuation/Consistency
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 11. Sexual “Imprinting” As a Consequence of Early Traumatic Molestation
  • Introduction
  • Unwanted Sexual Reactions/Turn-Ons
  • Common Factors Found in Imprinting
  • Questions About Etiology
  • Therapeutic Considerations and Caveats
  • Imprinting in Sex Offenders
  • Offender Patterns
  • Prevention
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 12. Pedophiles
  • Background
  • Pedophiles versus Hebophiles
  • Pedophiles versus Incestuous Fathers
  • Treatment Considerations
  • Therapist Cautions
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Prevention
  • Chapter 13. Sexually Assaultive versus Seductive Offenders
  • Control: The Main Dynamic
  • Why Rape?
  • Repression
  • Rape As Overcompensation for Perceived Male Sexual Inadequacy
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Chapter 14. The Sex Offender’s Motivation May Not Be Sexual
  • Power/Domination Needs
  • Seduction/Acceptance Needs
  • Ritual Undoing Needs
  • The Danger of Symptom Substitution
  • Masturbatory Reconditioning
  • The Child/Adolescent Sex Offender
  • Prevention
  • Chapter 15. A “Whole-Man” Approach to Treatment
  • Introduction
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Sex Education
  • Social Skills Training (SST)
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