2 thoughts on “Effective (and Ineffective) Treatments for Sexual Offenders

  • February 7, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Modalities That Don’t Work
    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    This traditional therapeutic approach focuses on the offender’s childhood in the hope that he or she can find the root causes of his/her offending behavior. This method appeals to many (if not most) sex offenders because typically, when entering treatment, they are looking to blame their behavior on anyone but themselves. If they can find something awful that their mother or father did to them when they were young, they’re off the hook, so to speak. They then can think about their sexual offending as “justified.” This is the least effective methodology when working with sex offenders. It has little to no clinical use with this population beyond the building of rapport.
    Close Quote
    The 4th Step in a 12 Step program uses this approach.
    We want to discover exactly where and when our natural instincts have warped us.
    This helps to discover a need that was not met sometime in our development.
    That need will never be met and authentic emotional growth just can not happen unless we recognize the need and fear behind our ill-adjustments. Without recognition then that energy will be mis-directed elsewhere even more sinister.

  • February 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:
    The purpose of psychoanalysis is to bring the unconscious into awareness.
    People are unaware and defensive about their disorders and likely to be defensive about awareness and deny the value of this approach. They deny the disorders (listed above) that led to offending. Disorders like low self-esteem, insecurity, repressed anger, attachment deficit disorders, unresolved childhood or severe adult emotional trauma, etc.
    Some people are just plain anti-awareness and prefer to keep their heads buried in the sand. They go through life using defense mechanisms and debate tactics. They continue to act out–unaware of their real motives. They may end up in prison and not have an inkling about what happened.

    Treatments that only treat symptoms are toxic to real therapy.


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