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Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended
The Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended
Edited by Dr. Sue Righthand and Dr. William Murphy, two of the leading experts on youth who have sexually harmed, this book is a single-volume reference on the current best practice for professionals working with this population.
The Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment with Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended was designed to not only assist current practitioners (e.g., clinicians, attorneys, juvenile justice personnel and so forth) and policy makers, but also to prepare the next generation (advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of psychology, social work, criminal justice, public policy and so forth) in facilitating developmentally appropriate, safe, and cost-effective interventions when sexual offending by adolescents occurs. The book integrates relevant research that will enable readers to understand the dynamic nature of adolescent development and appreciate that healthy sexual behavior is a natural and normal part of growing up.
The book has been widely acclaimed to be scientifically comprehensive, legally relevant, developmentally sensitive, and clinically sophisticated. To write this book, the editors brought together an international team of leading experts on youths who have exhibited sexually harmful behavior to write this single-volume reference on the characteristics of those who offend, best practice in assessment and intervention, community reentry and family reunification, and special issues for professionals working with this population, such as pornography use and public policies.
There are four parts to this handbook, Characteristics of Adolescents Who Sexually Offend, Assessment, Intervention, and Special Issues. The chapters within these parts cover information on the topics of, but are not limited to...
- Trauma and Mental Health Concerns in Justice-Involved Youth
- Adolescents Development and Clinical and Legal Implications
- Forensic Assessment of Juveniles
- Clinical Approaches to High-Quality Assessments
- and more.
- Describe an overview of adolescent development which can help us appreciate the differences between youths and adults who sexually offend and the importance of a developmental approach to this problem.
- Discuss what is known about these adolescents, for example, unique, yet diverse characteristics, patterns of offending, and future pathways, which most often is desistence.
- Discuss normative sexual behavior in youths which provides a developmental context for understanding adolescent sexual offending.
- Identify the differences between general and forensic assessment of youths who have offended sexually and important practice guidelines.
- Identify the strengths and limitations of sex offense-specific risk and needs assessments and the importance of research-informed practices to facilitate high quality assessments.
- Identify that effective interventions with youths who have offended sexually have diverse characteristics (e.g., gender, cognitive functioning, mental health challenges, nonsexual delinquency) that require individualized, developmentally appropriate, socio-ecological interventions which can facilitate risk reduction and promote healthy, prosocial development.
The Handbook is the first book in a new imprint from Safer Society Press: Global Institute of Forensic Research Professional Book.
"In The Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended, Editors Sue Righthand and William Murphy have assembled an impressive series of chapters on the characteristics of those who offend, best practice in assessment and intervention, and special issues. Scientifically comprehensive, legally relevant, developmentally sensitive, and clinically sophisticated, this volume will offer valuable assistance to all who work with this challenging population."
- Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, Drexel University