1st Edition

Working with Sex Offenders A Guide for Practitioners

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Working with Sex Offenders is a unique book which brings together leading practitioners in the field to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date distillation of relevant guidance to assist anyone who works with sex offenders. 

    The authors examine topics including assessment, treatment, supervision and safeguarding. Skills and strategies for successful engagement with offenders are a key focus of the book, as well as improving understanding of underpinning factors associated with offending and desistance. 

    This volume, which is derived from well-received presentations hosted by the UK’s National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) over a number of years, also offers a detailed examination of individual, organisational and societal roles in relation to identifying and preventing sexual abuse in our communities.

    Using case examples throughout, Working with Sex Offenders will be essential reading for all professionals involved in the management and treatment of sex offenders.

    About the Editors

    About the Contributors



    Part I Introduction

    1 An introduction to working with sexual offenders

    Daniel T. Wilcox and Marguerite L. Donathy

    Part II Assessment methods and issues

    2 Cognitive sexual interest and aversion: Are these ‘missing links’ in sex offender assessment, formulation and intervention?

    David Glasgow

    3 Is some sexual offending underpinned by obsessionality?

    Vincent Egan

    4 A contemporary approach to the assessment of risk in sexually abusive youth

    Phil Rich

    5 Understanding normal sexual functioning to assess sexual deviancy

    Marcella Leonard and Marguerite L. Donathy

    Part III Therapeutic skills/models

    6 Developing more effective interviewing skills with men who commit sexual offences

    Daniel T. Wilcox and Rosie Gray

    7 Understanding attachment strategies in adult men who have committed sexual offences: Applications of the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM)

    Jayne Allam and Clark Baim

    8 Empathy: What is it? Should we treat it? If so, how?

    Roger Kennington and Gail McGregor

    9 Motivating sex offenders to enter and effectively engage in treatment

    Liam E. Marshall and William L. Marshall

    Part IV Types of offender

    10 The internet flow model and sexual offending

    Steve Davies, Mary Sharpe and Daniel T. Wilcox

    11 Educators who sexually offend

    Marguerite L. Donathy and Daniel T. Wilcox

    12 Working with sexual offenders with intellectual developmental disabilities

    Leam A. Craig

    13 Working with sexual offenders with mental health issues

    Tanya Garrett

    Part V Organisational safety

    14 The role of person and place in preventing child sexual abuse

    Donald Findlater

    15 Boundary violation in therapeutic work: Effects, risk indicators and organisational issues

    Rosie Gray and Tanya Garrett

    16 Defining the scope and prevention strategy for addressing child sexual abuse

    Jon Brown

    Part VI Concluding thoughts

    17 Future training needs in the sex offending treatment field: Five domains of training

    Clarke Baim and Rosie Gray



    Daniel T. Wilcox is Managing Director of Wilcox Psychological Associates (WPA). He is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist, an honorary associate professor at the University of Nottingham, School of Medicine (Division of Psychiatry), and an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham, Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology. 

    Marguerite L. Donathy is a trainee forensic psychologist who is in the final year of a doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice with the University of Birmingham. She is the Midlands branch Chair for NOTA and regularly contributes to forensic risk assessments and therapeutic interventions with sexual and violent offenders. 

    Rosie Gray is a registered forensic psychologist and qualified probation officer, who undertakes forensic risk assessments, offence-focused treatment and safeguarding work with sexual offenders and their families.

    Clark Baim is Co-Director of the Birmingham Institute for Psychodrama and Change Point Learning and Development, specialising in the fields of criminal justice, mental health, social work and the voluntary sector. He is a senior trainer in psychodrama psychotherapy and is a registered psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

    "Drawing on the experience of an impressive range of figures in the field, this wide ranging book is a valuable contribution to support those working with adult & adolescent sex offenders. In accessibly written concise chapters it provides reviews of current knowledge in this fast evolving area of practice. Highly recommended for all those working to prevent sexual violence." - Marcus Erooga, Independent Safeguarding Consultant and past Chair of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)

    "This volume is as scholarly as it is practical. Accessible at every turn, it reflects the state of the science in our field and beyond. As one who has worked to balance these elements in print myself, the editors’ results are enviable. The chapters are expertly written and there is a smooth flow throughout, making this is an indispensable volume." - David Prescott, Professional Development, Becket Family of Services, USA and past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

    "This book provides a fascinating array of chapters that every sexual offence practitioner will want to read. Not only does it cover key therapeutic issues and controversies in the area but it also tackles issues of professionalism, abuse prevention, and practitioner training needs. This book is a valuable read for practitioners at every level." - Professor Theresa A. Gannon, CORE-FP, University of Kent

    "Practitioners are always seeking knowledge and guidance. Within this compilation, written by a group of well-credentialed experts, the inexperienced and experienced practitioner alike will find something of immense value. Whether it is an up-to-date assessment of what we know, expert insights into clinical areas directly or indirectly relevant to our day-to-day work, or practical guidance on the complexities associated with assessing or treating a sex offender, there is a learning opportunity awaiting the reader. I have no doubt that this compilation is set to become a well-used resource within the United Kingdom and abroad. The editors have assisted all of us in their efforts to bring together a number of selected lectures and workshops provided for the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers." - Jayson Ware, Group Director, Offender Services & Programs, Corrective Services NSW, Department of Justice

    "This is a comprehensive book, which explains contemporary issues in working with and assessing sex offenders in a manner that is easily translatable into clinical practice. It gives food for thought about moving forward in our understanding of the work we do with sex offenders. This is an essential read for practitioners working with, or thinking of working with, sex offenders." - Dr Ruth J. Tully, Consultant Forensic Psychologist & Assistant Professor, Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology, University of Nottingham