1st Edition

Working with Offenders who View Online Child Sexual Exploitation Images

By Lyne Piché, Anton Schweighofer Copyright 2023
    232 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive workbook addresses the use of illegal online sexual images. Focusing specifically on child sexual exploitation materials (CSEM), it offers a clear and professional manual for use with men who use CSEM.

    Working with clients who access illegal online images is challenging work. CSEM clients have unique characteristics and treatment needs. Designed around practitioner and client needs, each chapter provides a guide for clinicians and a subsequent set of materials for the client. The workbook covers a range of topics such as motivation for change, relationships, thinking patterns, emotions management, sexuality, computer use, Internet safety and future strategies to ensure both client and community safety. Addressing these issues as well as community accountability helps users of CSEM achieve a satisfying life while avoiding future criminal justice involvement. Through this clearly written and structured workbook, clients are given the resources to help manage problematic thoughts and/or illegal sexual behaviour. Offering evidence-based strategies rooted in the authors’ clinical experiences, the workbook enables the practitioner and client to work productively together to address the issues that have led to their involvement with illegal sexual images.

    This book will be helpful to a range of practitioners including forensic and clinical psychologists, as well as those working in correctional settings, such as probation and prison staff, psychiatrists, social workers, counsellors and providers of mental health treatment. It is also designed for anyone who has viewed, or is worried about viewing, sexual images of children.


    1. First Steps

    2. Do I want to change?

    3. The road to CSEM

    4. Treatment Approaches

    5. Fantasy Management

    6. Dealing with Emotions and Sex

    7. Thoughts and Offending

    8. Sexual Management: Advanced topics

    9. Relationships, Community and Loneliness

    10. Other Roadblocks

    11. Internet Health

    12. My safety plan

    13. Accountability

    14. Concluding comments


    Lyne Piché is a registered psychologist who has worked in the field of forensic psychology for 25 years. She works in private practice in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

    Anton Schweighofer is a registered psychologist who has worked in the field of forensic psychology and addictions for 25 years. He works in private practice in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

    "Lyne Piché and Anton Schweighofer have made an important contribution in developing this workbook for clients concerned or in trouble for their use of sexually explicit materials depicting children, and the clinicians who work with these clients. Drawing on their many years of clinical experience working with these clients, and their solid knowledge of the latest scientific literature, Piché and Schweighofer provide an evidence-based program addressing the most common treatment needs in this population in a sensitive and nuanced manner. Clinicians and clients will greatly benefit from this excellent treatment resource".

    Dr. Michael Seto, Forensic Research Director, University of Ottawa's Institute of Mental Health Research at The Royal, Professor in Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, Canada.