ERIC Number: EJ829228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
An Integrated Groupwork Methodology for Working with Sex Offenders
Frost, Andrew; Ware, Jayson; Boer, Douglas P.
Journal of Sexual Aggression, v15 n1 p21-38 Mar 2009
There is now a considerable literature on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. There exists another substantial literature on therapeutic groupwork and its relevance to a range of clinical populations. These bodies of work have made reference to the other in terms of their mutual relevance. However, there has been no comprehensive attempt to apply groupwork theory and principles systematically to work with sex offenders. While this work is generally carried out using a group format and the application of groupwork principles is promoted enthusiastically in the field, the application is underdeveloped both empirically and even more so conceptually. As a result, practices vary greatly. We argue here that a systematic and integrated consideration of the application of groupwork methodology to the treatment of sex offenders has the potential to enhance treatment effectiveness significantly. We conclude with implications for training and clinical practice.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Group Counseling, Criminals, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, Rehabilitation, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Feedback (Response), Interpersonal Relationship, Child Abuse, Group Therapy, Intervention
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