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On a clear day you can see forever : integrating values and skills in sex offender treatment

Ward, Tony 2007, On a clear day you can see forever : integrating values and skills in sex offender treatment, Journal of sexual aggression, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 187-201, doi: 10.1080/13552600701794036.

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Title On a clear day you can see forever : integrating values and skills in sex offender treatment
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Journal name Journal of sexual aggression
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 187
End page 201
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1355-2600
1742-6545
Keyword(s) sex offenders
human rights
therapy issues
Summary The topic of sex offender rehabilitation frequently evokes fierce reactions, ranging from strident demands for harsher sentences contrasted with calls for more imaginative and compassionate sentencing options. There seems to be a polarization of positions centred on the question of offenders' moral standing: are they moral strangers or fellow travellers? This fundamental disagreement about offenders' moral status is at the core of a number of independent, although related current practice and research issues confronting the field, namely: (1) risk management versus strength-based treatment approaches; (2) the utility of utilizing individually tailored versus manual-based programmes for offenders; (3) focusing on the technical aspects or therapy as opposed to relationship and therapist factors (what has been called process issues); and (4) the conflict between protecting the community versus promoting the interests of offenders. In this paper I suggest that an approach to sex offender treatment based on a combination of human rights theory (an ethical resource) and strengths-based approaches can help us navigate our way through the above dilemmas in a way that addressees both the needs of offenders and those of the community.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13552600701794036
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034214

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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