The Wiley Handbook of What Works with Sexual Offenders: Contemporary Perspectives in Theory, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

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Jean Proulx, Franca Cortoni, Leam A. Craig, Elizabeth J. Letourneau
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2020 - Psychology - 552 pages

From a rehabilitation series–what works for those who've sexually offended

The Wiley Handbook of What Works with Sexual Offenders is an important addition to the What Works in Offender Rehabilitation handbook series. This handbook specifically looks at the topics of sexual offender theory, assessment, rehabilitation, prevention, policy, and risk management. Current assessment frameworks and intervention programmes are evaluated, with consideration of treatment efficacy.

The handbook provides professionals with an evidence-based approach to the management and rehabilitation of individuals who have sexually offended, while presenting ideas on the prevention of sexual abuse. Concepts and theory behind sexual offender rehabilitation are presented with a focus on how this information can be applied in the development of real-world policies that seek to reduce re-offending.

The Wiley Handbook of What Works with Sexual Offenders also includes discussions from renowned international researchers and clinicians on the empirical findings of treatment effectiveness.

  • Presents theory, research, policy, and practice related to sexual offenses
  • Addresses a full range of topics, such as sexual aggression, structured risk assessment, sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities, and pharmacological treatment of sexual offenders
  • Discusses how conceptual and theoretical material can be used in establishing policy and practice

As an important reference work, this rehabilitation handbook offers material for practitioners, including probation officers, social workers and psychologists. Each handbook within the What Works in Offender Rehabilitation series studies current theory, policy, and practice related to a type of offending.


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Assessment of Sexual Offenders
The Psychometric Assessment of Sexual Aggressors
Indirect and Physiological Approaches to Assessing Deviant Sexual Interests
Assessing Sadism in Sexual Offenders
Neurobiological Considerations on the Etiological Approach to Sexual
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An EvidenceBased Model of Treatment for People with Cognitive
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Sadistic Sexual Aggressors
Policy and Prevention
A Review of YouthFocused Policies

Management of Sexual Offenders
Contemporary Programs Designed for the Tertiary Prevention of Recidivism
Ensuring Responsive Treatment Options for Male Adults Who Have
Pharmacological Treatment of Sexual Offenders
Community Dynamic Risk Management of Persons Who Have
Special Populations
International Approaches to the Management of Perpetrators
Integrating Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Strategies into
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About the author (2020)

Jean Proulx is a Professor in, and the Director of, the School of Criminology at the University of Montreal, and Researcher at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology at that university. Since 1987, he has also been active, both as researcher and forensic psychologist, in treatment programs for sex offenders at the Philippe-Pinel Institute of Montreal, a maximum-security psychiatric institution. His main research interests are the pathways in the offending process, personality profiles, and sexual preferences and recidivism risk factors in sexual murderers, rapists, paedophiles and incest offenders. Over the last 30 years, he has published 10 books, and more than 150 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in French and in English.

Franca Cortoni is Professor in the School of Criminology, University of Montreal, Canada, and a Research Fellow at the International Centre of Comparative Criminology. She previously worked in the Correctional Service of Canada as Director of Programming Research. She has published over 90 papers and 5 books on issues related to male and female sexual offenders. Her current research focuses on the effectiveness of treatment for sexual offenders.

Leam A. Craig, is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and Partner at Forensic Psychology Practice, UK. He is a Visiting Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology at Birmingham City University and Hon. Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK. He acts as an expert witness in the assessment and treatment of offenders and in matters of child protection. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences and Chairs the Expert Witness Advisory Group. He has over 100 publications including 12 books.

Elizabeth J. Letourneau is Professor, Department of Mental Health and Director, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is recognized for her expertise on child sexual abuse perpetration prevention, practice and policy. She has published more than 100 papers and chapters informed by research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Justice, Oak Foundation, and the Open Society Foundation among others.

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