Sex Offender Treatment Programs in Correctional Settings: Participant Selection, Treatment Experience, and Treatment Completion

Sex Offender Treatment Programs in Correctional Settings: Participant Selection, Treatment Experience, and Treatment Completion
Leah Osborn
August 2007

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-207-6 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 210 pages

Price   $62.00

Description

Thousands of treatment programs have been implemented to address sexual offending. Recent studies support treatment effectiveness, but few focus on treatment in correctional settings. Additionally, many studies continue to use recidivism as an outcome measure. Treatment completion, however, has been shown to be an important indicator of positive outcome in sex offenders. Thus, Osborn focuses on determining characteristics of offenders and treatment experience that indicate which offenders will volunteer for treatment, be selected for treatment, and complete treatment. She finds that therapist turnover negatively impacts treatment completion. Results suggest a needed focus on refining treatment admission practices and understanding staff turnover, in order to enhance the effectiveness of prison-based sex offender treatment programs and to assist in retention of both participants and treatment providers.

About the Author

Leah Osborn is currently the Clinical Director of a sex offender treatment program in Minnesota for persons with intellectual or other cognitive impairments. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln in 2005, and a Masters Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln in 2002.