Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders

Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders

Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders

Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders

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Praise for
Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders, Second Edition

"The Second Edition of Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders showcases Phil Rich's experience and mastery of the research and clinical literature. In my view, this is an excellent therapy book and, like its predecessor, will help practitioners to work effectively and ethically with juvenile offenders. It is destined to become a classic."
-Tony Ward, PhD, DipClinPsy; Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

"Phil Rich is considered one of the world's leading authorities on how best to understand, assess, and treat juvenile sexual offenders, and this Second Edition of his excellent text shows why he is held in such high regard. All theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners whose work brings them in contact with juvenile sexual offenders should definitely read this remarkable book."
-W. L. Marshall, OC, FRSC, PhD; Director, Rockwood Psychological Services, Ontario, Canada

"Phil Rich's book, Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders, Second Edition offers new and thought-provoking ideas, updates, and information, especially on developmental pathways. This book is one of the few publications on juvenile sexual offending that offers something new and revealing to the field."
-Robert E. Longo, LPC, NCC, ACS, BCIA-EEG, BCN; Serendipity Healing Arts, Lexington, North Carolina

"Phil Rich masterfully fills the gap in the juvenile sexual offender treatment literature with a book that is neither introductory nor narrowly specialized. Seasoned veterans will appreciate his thoughtful and studied approach. Newcomers will find this book a vital go-to resource."
-David Prescott, LICSW, Clinical Director, Becket Family of Services, Falmouth, Maine

"Mind-blowingly brilliant-Rich by name and rich in depth, detail, description, and debate. An instant classic, Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders, Second Edition is both comprehensive and challenging with its material and messages, yet reassuringly accessible and practical."
-Martin C. Calder, Calder Social Work Training and Consultancy, Leigh, Lancashire, UK

THE LANDMARK TEXT FOR WORKING WITH JUVENILE SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND UNDERSTANDING SEXUALLY ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS-NOW FULLY REVISED

Thoroughly revised, the Second Edition of Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders guides mental health professionals through the breadth of assessment and intervention methods available for working with this special population, providing a succinct yet complete survey of the field, the etiological development of sexually abusive behavior in juveniles, and a reliable resource for assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Excerpt

As described in the brief introduction, in the seven or so years that have passed since the first edition of this book, many things have changed in the field of treatment for juvenile sexual offenders, although in some ways these changes have been quite subtle. Actually, it might be more accurate to say that many things have changed in the way that we, as researchers and practitioners, see and understand the children and adolescents with whom we work, the way in which we see ourselves in relationship to the work, and the framework by which we conceptualize treatment and implement treatment interventions.

SEVEN YEARS ON: EMERGING
IDEAS, THEMES, AND MODELS

Reflected in and driven by an expanding and evolving literature, over the past seven years we have seen the consistent emergence of a number of themes within that literature, adding to a new age in the development and, from my perspective, advancement of our thinking and practice. In our approach and in our thinking, we increasingly and now more consistently than ever recognize troubled young people as “whole” people, and we recognize the need for a multifaceted, multidimensional, and multisystemic approach to treatment.

Thus, we not only see our clients as multifaceted and multidimensional, and far more than just their sexually abusive behaviors, but we see the treatment itself as equally complex and farreaching and more than simply the sum of its parts. There is an increasing recognition that the therapeutic relationship itself is at the heart of treatment and that treatment is not simply technique and the delivery of information. We recognize that, beyond what we teach young people through cognitive-behavioral and psychoeducational treatments, of great importance is the manner in which we approach and see them and the way in which we help them to think about themselves and others. And we recognize the power of developmental experience and social context on the formation of personality, neurological development, social connectedness, social competence, and current behavior.

Although relatively new to our stilldeveloping field, few of these ideas are new to the larger field of mental health treatment in which sexual offender-specific treatment is embedded. Accordingly, the treatment of sexually abusive youth, and to some degree the treatment of sexually abusive adults, has . . .

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