Building a Better Life

A Good Lives and Self-Regulation Workbook

by Pamela M. Yates, Ph.D., R.D.Psych and David S. Prescott, LICSW

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The good lives and self-regulation models are emerging as effective approaches for treatment of sexual offenders. Until now, clinicians had no unified guide to implementing these models. From leading experts on these models and the co-authors of Applying the Good Lives and Self-Regulation Models to Sex Offender Treatment, Building A Better Life is a comprehensive workbook intended for use as part of an integrated treatment program. Building upon the fundamental principles of the good lives model, the workbook emphasizes the establishment of desirable goals toward which the client can work. It integrates research findings that approach goals are inherently more attainable than avoidance goals and that people who build their lives around approach goals tend to be happier and less distressed than those who organize their lives around avoidance goals. Building a Better Life is a must-have resource for clinicians integrating the good lives and self-regulation models into their practices.

Further information for professionals about using the workbook in a clinical setting and access to extended versions of selected workbook exercises is available at A ten minute video introduction to the Good Lives Model and its application to treatment of persons with sexual behavior problems presented by Tony Ward is available here.

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About the Authors

Pamela M. Yates, Ph.D., R.D.Psych has worked as a clinician and researcher in various capacities with adults and youth, including sexual offenders, violent offenders, individuals with substance abuse problems, and victims of violence. Dr. Yates has developed accredited offender treatment programs. Her research and publications include offender rehabilitation, assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, program evaluation, risk assessment, treatment effectiveness, psychopathy, and sexual sadism. She has written extensively on the Self-Regulation and Good Lives Models of sexual offender intervention.

David S. Prescott, LICSW is currently Clinical Director of the Becket Programs of Maine, having previously served as Clinical Director of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake and as Treatment Assessment Director of the Sand Ridge SEcure Treatment Center in Wisconsin. Mr. Prescott is the author and editor of seven book on working with sexual offenders of all ages. He is a Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

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  1. Have you thought about offering these publicans as e-books. Much simpler to access and I think would lower the production costs. You could even pass the savings (or part there of) on to the customer.

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  2. Can you tell me if “Building A Better Life: A Good Lives and Self-Regulation Workbook” by Yates and Prescott will be made available in the UK? Is it likely to be sold by Amazon? I am very keen to get hold of a copy for my own use.


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      Building a Better Life (and all of our titles) can be ordered through our web store for delivery to the UK or any other spot on the globe! Orders are usually shipped Global Priority Mail; large orders may come via a delivery service.

  3. I am also intetested to access this as an e book. Appreciate all of your great work on this much needed model to replace the RNR model.

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