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Counselling Male Sexual Offenders
A Strengths-Focused Approach

ISBN 9781138067653
Published November 22, 2017 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Counselling Male Sexual Offenders: A Strengths-Focused Approach informs readers how to utilize an easily accessible, integrative, strengths-focused counselling approach with men who pose a sexual risk. There is currently a scarcity of published material which teaches people in a practical way how to conduct one-to-one counselling with different sorts of male sex offenders. However, as the number of internet offenders increases exponentially and more historic abuse cases emerge, understanding and treating the phenomenon of sex offending can play a significant role in preventing sexual crime and reducing harm to victims.

In addition to being a ‘how to do book’, in Counselling Male Sexual Offenders the author explores at depth the inner processes of counsellors working with this client group. It presents treatment formats and exercises for engaging individuals who deny and minimize harmful sexual behaviour. With illustrative case studies of various types of sex offenders – as well as statements from sex offenders and probation officers themselves – this text provides one of the most comprehensive insights available into the authentic experience of treating this population.

Counselling Male Sexual Offenders will be of value to counsellors and psychotherapists, alongside other practitioners such as psychologists, social workers, probation officers, and support workers.


Table of Contents


1 Shame, identity, and lifestyle transitions

2 Initial stage of the counselling process: the counselling contract

3 Goal-setting

4 Life story themes

5 Life story themes: developing profiles

6 Life story themes: counselling victims of abuse who have gone on to sexually offend

7 Offence-focused interventions

8 Psycho-educational interventions

9 Facilitating victim empathy

10 Fantasy management

11 Applying strengths-focused interventions to safety planning


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Andrew Smith is a therapist, trainer, and expert witness, working in private practice.


‘I would expect that the majority of therapists who have bought books on sex addiction would want to buy this also. The book is very well written with a good authoritative tone but easy to read style. And there is nothing like this on the market.’

Paula Hall, Author of Understanding and Treating Sex Addiction and Sex Addiction: The Partner’s Perspective

‘Sex offending is a concern in all countries, and is therefore a topic which is of relevance worldwide…This book manages to strike the balance between being a "how to do book", whilst still being academically wide ranging…This book will be valuable to all counsellors who find themselves working with sex offenders.’

Joanna Benfield, Editor of BACP Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal