Date of Award
Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Counselor Education - Graduate Studies
Sex offender treatment is often court ordered and part of conditional release for individuals who have been convicted of harmful sexual acts. Counselors working with this population have an important role in terms of supporting and addressing the needs of their clients, but also in terms of public safety. A cursory exploration of this treatment includes an overview of the role that risk/protective factors documented through assessments have on outcomes, the impact of restrictions regarding conditional release, and how the counselors are both impacted by and integral to this field. Counselors who work with this demographic are presented with informed analysis regarding the role of public perception, carceral response, societal determinants, and jurisdictional influence to be considered when conducting therapeutic response.
Richards, Claire, "Rethinking Recidivism: Considerations for Counselors Working with Adult Clients in Sex Offender Treatment" (2021). Counselor Education Capstones. 158.