Good lives sexual offender treatment for mentally disordered offenders

Gannon, Theresa A., King, Tracy, Miles, Helen, Lockerbie, Lona and Willis, Gwenda M. 2011, Good lives sexual offender treatment for mentally disordered offenders, British journal of forensic practice, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 153-168.

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Title Good lives sexual offender treatment for mentally disordered offenders
Author(s) Gannon, Theresa A.
King, Tracy
Miles, Helen
Lockerbie, Lona
Willis, Gwenda M.
Journal name British journal of forensic practice
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 153
End page 168
Publisher Pier Professional Ltd
Place of publication Hove, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1463-6646
Keyword(s) Good Lives model
Medical treatment
Sexual offenders
Summary Purpose – The main aim of this paper is to describe the content, structure and preliminary evaluation of a new Good Lives sexual offender treatment group (SOTG) for male mentally disordered offenders.

Design/methodology/approach – As evaluation and work on the SOTG is necessarily ongoing, case study descriptions of each patient who attended the SOTG and of their progress throughout SOTG are described.

Findings – Overall, the case study progress reports suggest that mentally disordered male patients made some notable progress on SOTG despite their differential and complex needs. In particular, attention to each patient's life goals and motivators appeared to play a key role in promoting treatment engagement. Furthermore, patients with lower intelligence quotient and/or indirect pathways required additional support to understand the links between the Good Lives Model (GLM) and their own risk for sexual offending.

Research limitations/implications –
Further evaluations of SOTG groups, that incorporate higher numbers of participants and adequate control groups, are required before solid conclusions and generalisations can be made.

Practical implications – Practitioners should consider providing additional support to clients when implementing any future SOTGs for mentally disordered patients.

Originality/value – This is the first paper to outline and describe implementation of the GLM in the sexual offender treatment of mentally disordered male patients group format. As such, it will be of interest to any professionals involved in the facilitation of sexual offender treatment within this population.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences 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
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