How to Work with Sex Offenders

A Handbook for Criminal Justice, Human Service, and Mental Health Professionals, 2nd Edition

By Rudy Flora, Michael L. Keohane

© 2013 – Routledge

296 pages

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About the Book

How to Work with Sex Offenders is a cutting edge, state-of-the-art book that provides mental health professionals best practice techniques on how to clinically evaluate, interview, and treat this challenging patient population. Successful models of individual, family, and group models of psychotherapy are provided for the reader. In addition, this handbook walks the reader through the investigation, arrest, prosecution and court hearing process, from start to finish. Thoroughly revised, this new edition builds on additional research data and new information, adding advanced chapters on female offenders, Internet offenders, pornography, sexual addiction, rape and child and adolescent sexual misconduct. This is a must-read work for undergraduate and graduate students, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, child protection service workers, therapists, and other professionals who work with sex offenders.


"The text written by Rudy Flora and Michael Keohane is a true asset to anyone who is working with sex offenders. In the past it has been most difficult if not impossible to find one text that has a comprehensive and practical presentation of sexual acting out. Flora and Keohane have presented that text. It thoroughly explains the role of each person who will have a responsibility of working with sex offenders. Flora and Keohane have also structured their book in a way that it is easy to understand and it presents current research and information on every aspect of sexual offending while not overwhelming the reader with too much detail." - Robin Widener, Assistant Professor of Police Science, Virginia Highlands Community College

"In this Second Edition, Flora and Keohane have provided an important update of this seminal book. Every clinician who works with sex offenders will appreciate the detailed and pragmatic help in navigating the complex systems involved with treating this population. Especially of interest are updated and expanded sections on assessment and treatment of internet sex offenders, sex addiction, and female offenders. This is book, like its first addition, remains the most important clinical reference book on sex offenders available." - Terry S. Trepper, PhD, Editor, Journal of Family Psychotherapy; Professor of Psychology, Purdue University Calumet

"This edition of How to Work With Sex Offenders is a truly comprehensive handbook whose usefulness spans multiple professions. It exposes the professional reader, clearly and understandably, to the workings of the other systems- from legal and law enforcement to social services to mental health treatment." - Jana Dreyzehner, MD, Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Chief Medical Officer, Health Connect America

"Rudy Flora and Michael Keohane have provided professionals in the mental health and criminal justice field with an extremely helpful and hopeful volume on working with sex offenders. This book is empathic, compassionate, evidence-based, comprehensive and replete with guidelines to steer the day-to-day practice of dealing with sex offenders. I heartily recommend it to those who encounter such clients in any setting." - John Ludgate, PhD, Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, CBT Center, Asheville, NC

"After reviewing this book through the eyes of a former prosecutor with over 25 years experience in the prosecution of adult and juvenile sex offenders, I find it to be an excellent resource and required reading for all current and future mental health professionals." - Dennis L. Godfrey, attorney and former prosecutor, Abingdon, Virginia

"This book is a must read for all law enforcement officers, victim advocates, prosecutors, probation, and personnel who encounter sex offenders in the criminal justice system. It contains the most direct and on point information about working with sex offenders that I have read in my 25 years in the criminal justice system." - Sharon Reed, Director, Washington County Victim Assistance Program

Table of Contents

The Sex Offender: An Introduction. The Criminal Justice System. Courts, Judges, Prosecutors, and Probation and Parole Officers. The Human Services System. The Mental Health Professional. Paraphilias. Sex Offender Characteristics. Internet Sex Offender. Sexual Addiction. Female Sex Offenders. Rape and Child Molestation. Children & Adolescents Who Display Sexual Misconduct Behavior. Individual Psychotherapy. Family Therapy. Group Therapy.

About the Authors

Rudy Flora, LCSW, ACSW, CSOTP, has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with sexual disorders for more than thirty years. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. He holds the ACSW by the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Flora is in private practice and is an adjunct faculty member with Radford University. He is a former probation officer. Flora is the author and co-author of two clinical books on sex offenders.

Michael L. Keohane, LCSW, CSOTP, CPRP, has worked with adults with mental illness and adult sex offenders for over twelve years. He currently serves as the Department Director of Adult Recovery Services for Highlands Community Services, is employed in practice with Flora Counseling Services, and is an adjunct faculty at Virginia Highlands Community College.

About the Series

International Perspectives on Forensic Mental Health

A Routledge Book Series

The goal of this series is to improve the quality of health care services in forensic settings by providing a forum for discussing issues related to policy, administration, clinical practice, and research.

The series will cover topics such as mental health law; the organization and administration of forensic services for people with mental disorder; the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment programs for mental disorder in civil and criminal justice settings; the assessment and management of violence risk, including risk of sexual violence and family violence; and staff selection, training, and development in forensic systems.

The book series will consider proposals for both monographs and edited works on these and similar topics, with special consideration given to proposals that promote best practice and are relevant to international audiences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology