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Assessment and case conceptualization in sex offender treatment

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posted on 2008-03-15, 00:00 authored by R Collie, Tony Ward, Jim Vess
The assessment of sexual offenders consists of the systematic collection of clinically relevant information in order to detect clinical phenomena or problems and to provide clear treatment targets. The result of this process is a conceptual model, or case formulation, representing the client’s various problems, the hypothesized underlying mechanisms, and their interrelationships. The focus of this article is on the importance of psychological assessment and case formulation in the rehabilitation and management of individuals convicted of sexual offences. First, we make a number of general points about the importance of evidence based assessment and clinical reasoning in case formulation. Second, we review key elements of contemporary sexual offender theory that highlights the heterogeneity evident among sex offenders and the implications for case formulation and treatment planning. Third, we discuss the role of case formulation for risk assessment and management. Finally, we illustrate our major points with a brief case study and conclude with a brief consideration of the value of case formulations.

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Journal of behavior analysis of offender and victim treatment and prevention

Volume

1

Pagination

65 - 81

Location

[U.S.A]

Open access

  • Yes

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

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C2 Other contribution to refereed journal

Copyright notice

2008, BAO Organization

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