A Project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Long Version
Section 3: Elements of Sex Offender–Specific Treatment

TOPIC: Introduction 5 min.
  • Learning Objectives
TOPIC: A Framework for Thinking about Sex Offender–Specific Treatment 25 min.
  • Introduction
  • Treatment Addresses Criminogenic Needs
  • Treatment Strategies
    • Treatment is Skills Oriented
    • Optimal Length of Treatment
    • Monitoring and Quality Control of Treatment Programs are a Must
TOPIC: Introduction 30 min.
  • Introduction
  • Addressing Denial—The Polygraph
  • Addressing Denial—Group Treatment
  • A Technique to Address Cognitive Distortions Regarding Informed Consent
  • Another Approach to Addressing Cognitive Distortions
  • Increasing Victimization Awareness
  • Involving Sex Offenders Formerly in Denial
  • The Culmination of Deniers Treatment—Providing a Sexual Offense History
TOPIC: The Four Domains of Treatment 30 min.
  • Introduction
  • Sexual Interests
  • Distorted Attitudes
  • Interpersonal Functioning
  • Behavior Management
  • Sex Offender Treatment Goals and Plans
TOPIC: Sexual Interests—The First Domain of Treatment 30 min.
  • Introduction
  • Behavioral Intervention to Reduce Deviant Sexual Arousal
    • Commonly Asked Questions
TOPIC: Distorted Attitudes—The Second Domain of Treatment 40 min.
  • Cognitive Restructuring
    • Learning Activity
    • Processing of Learning Activity
TOPIC: Interpersonal Functioning—The Third Domain of Treatment 30 min.
  • Rationale
  • Targets for Change
    • Appropriate Interactions in Social Situations
    • Assertiveness as a Tool to Avoid Frustration and Poor Anger Management
    • Adult Sex Education to Increase Knowledge about Healthy Sexuality and Responsible Behavior
TOPIC: Behavior Management—The Fourth Domain of Treatment 60 min.
  • Rationale
  • Covert Sensitization: Visualizing the Consequences of Sexual Assault
  • Relapse Prevention
    • Relapse Prevention Methods
    • Learning Activity
    • Processing of Learning Activity
    • Adjunctive Therapies
TOPIC: Ethical Practice Standards 10 min.
TOPIC: Treatment Provider Characteristics 10 min.
TOPIC: Summary
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