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.
"Stinson and Becker have opened a new and optimistic chapter in the so-far frustrating search for solutions to sexual violence. Offering respectful criticisms of prior therapeutic approaches, they provide an alternative that is standardized, can be systematically evaluated, and is supported by preliminary empirical studies. Ultimately, desistance from sexual crime depends on each offender's willingness to change; fortunately, the approach in this book is adherent to well-known principles of prosocial behavior change. Beautifully written, this comprehensive, practical treatment guide promises to be used and tested for years to come."--Joel A. Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine
About the Authors:
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.