Treatment of Sexual Offending Behavior

Speaker: Candace Risen, LISW

This workshop will provide a thoughtful and compassionate approach to the treatment of sexual behaviors that have been found “offensive” either by law or by the person himself or the partner. Such behaviors often present to a therapist in the form of an acutely distressed individual whose secret world has just been exposed and who is subject to the wrath and contempt of most if not everyone around him. This individual often desperately wants help, but has no faith that he will be treated with anything but harsh judgment and scorn. As therapists, we too often have to manage our own intense negative feelings as we struggle to develop a therapeutic connection in order to provide quality care.

After this workshop participants will be able to:

1) Explain the value of the systemic approach to treating sexually offending behaviors

2) Manage and utilize disclosure in a way that avoids the common pitfalls in the early stage of therapy

3) Explain the importance of designing individualized treatment plans that address the specific underlying motivations and contributing forces

4) Utilize the concept that the sexually offending behaviors start out as a solution to a non-sexual problem

5) Explain the focus of individual psychotherapy in addressing the non-sexual problems

6) Utilize psychological, spiritual, and pharmacological interventions into the ongoing treatment plan