Edited by Bobbie Print
Foreword by Tony Ward, Ph.D.
G-map is an United Kingdom program serving adolescents with sexually harmful behaviors. The program historically placed emphasis on the use of the Risk, Needs, and Responsivity (RNR) model and the Relapse Prevention model. The models were tailored to specific needs and strengths of each adolescent with an emphasis on individualism, creativity, and flexibility. This book explains why they chose to move to the Good Lives Model (GLM) and how they adapted the model for work with adolescents. It is both theoretical and practical.
As a model of rehabilitation the Good Lives Model (GLM) appears to have applicability to a diverse range of populations. In the context of working with those who sexually harm, the GLM has been more commonly applied to adults. In its original form, the language and terminology of the GLM lends itself more easily to adult usage, yet the principles and ethos that underpin the model have wider relevance. By looking at young people more holistically and considering how they might best meet their needs, the focus extends beyond their criminogenic needs, personal skills, and cognitions to encompass and harness the resources that exist externally within their networks and communities. G-map’s extensive experience of working with young people who display harmful sexual behavior suggested that aspects of the model would benefit from revision in order to be more applicable to that population.
The sample chapter details the journey G-map has undertaken toward a model that has clinical utility specific to the needs of adolescents who display harmful sexual behaviors. It includes descriptions of the adaptations made and the rationale behind them. Other chapters look at how specific parts of the model were implemented with adolescents, responses of adolescents and practitioners to the model, and the evaluation of the adapted model. This adolescent version of the GLM is empirically grounded and based on six years of clinical work.
About the Editor
Bobbie Print, CQSW, is Co-founder and Director of G-map, a program serving adolescents in Manchester, England. She has specialized in working with young people with sexual behavior problems for 24 years. Bobbie is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a founding member of the UK’s National Association for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA).
More information about the G-map organization is available at www.g-map.org. Tony Ward, developer of the Good Lives Model and author of the Foreword, presents an video overview of the GLM and its application in the treatment of people with sexual behavior problems. Watch here.