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What Is It Like to Offer Therapy to Sex Offenders and Paedophiles?
What Is It Like to Offer Therapy to Sex Offenders and Paedophiles? | Psychreg
Courtney T. The research reported in this paper relates to wider research interests concerning counseling best practices and counselor self-care. Sex offender treatment is a process by which offenders learn special strategies for stopping abusive behavior and taking responsibility for harm done. Such mental health treatment is vital for offenders of sexual crimes. Most sex offenders do eventually return to the community. Sex offense counseling is also important in order to reduce recidivism rates. The purpose of this literature review is to discuss possible impacts for counselors working with sex offenders and to highlight the importance of counselor self-care when working with this population.
We draw together results from studies that attempted to identify how therapists experience such work and how they were personally impacted by it. Usually, such studies are embedded within one of the following theoretical frameworks: Secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout. Most literature on the topic has therefore sought to determine to what extent and why, work-related stress responses may occur among these therapists. The aim of this paper is therefore to provide insight into this, arguably, important line of research, while evaluating the current knowledge as well as providing recommendations for future research efforts.
Working with individuals with sex offense convictions is a specialized area of counseling. The individuals within this population are generally quite different, and the dynamics are made even more complex when considering whether the offenders are adult males, adult females yes, there are female sex offenders or juveniles. The research on each population varies considerably. There is a paucity of research on female sex offenders, and research is still somewhat lacking although growing on the ever-complex juvenile offenders. Sex offender therapy is challenging regardless of the nature of the clients, and other factors also come into play.