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Sexual Offending and Mental Health

Sexual Offending and Mental Health draws together theoretical, clinical and mental health issues for the range of professionals working in the community and in-patient settings with sex offenders and those who have behaved in sexually inappropriate ways. The contributors describe current influential models of sexual offending and the developmental, psychological and social factors involved. They discuss the prevalence of personality and mental disorders in known sex offenders and the impact these disorders have on their treatment and management. They describe clinical work with individuals, their partners and families, and also consider the impact of this work on professionals. The book includes an outline of current approaches to risk assessment, an overview of the recent changes in legislation in England and Wales, and suggestions for multi-disciplinary management in the community. This book will be essential reading for professionals working in health or criminal justice settings with people who have committed sexual offences or whose sexual behaviour has caused concern for others.
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Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Part I: Theoretical Perspectives. 1. An Overview of Sexual Offending (Julia Houston, Shaftesbury Clinic, London, UK). 2. Risk Assessment (Jackie Craissati, Head of Forensic Psychology, London, UK). 3. Mental Disorder and Sexual Offending (Andrew M Aboud, Queensland Forensic Mental Health Services, Australia). 4. Ethnicity and Diversity Issues (Olumuyiwa John Olumoroti, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Croydon, UK). 5. The Law and Sexual Offending (Sarah Galloway, Shaftesbury Clinic, London, UK) and Sandra MacPhail, University of London, UK). Part II: Clinical Practice Issues. 6. A Sex Offender Service within a Mental Health Setting (Julia Houston and Malcolm Scoales, University of London). 7. Clinical Assessment and Formulation (Tim Green, Chartered Clinical Psychologist). 8. Treatment, Relapse Prevention and Building Good Lives (Tim Green). 9. The Impact of Personality Disorder when Working with Sex Offenders (Sharon Prince, Leeds Personality Disorder Clinical Network). 10. Multi-agency/Disciplinary Working with Sexual Offenders (Sarah Galloway and Adina Seupersad, Shaftesbury Clinic). 11. The Non-Abusing Parent and their Role in Risk Management (Sarah Galloway and Natalie Hogg, Shaftesbury Clinic, UK). 12. Systemic Interventions with Sexual Offending (Alison Beck, Associate Director of Psychology and Psychological Therapies, London, UK). 13. The Impact on Professionals of Working with Sex Offenders (Sharon K. C. Leicht, West London Mental Health NHS Trust Forensic Services, UK). Biographies. Index.

About the Author

Julia Houston is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at the Forensic Mental Health Services, Shaftesbury Clinic in London, UK, and Team Leader of the Sex Offender Service. She has published previously in this area and is the author of Making Sense with Offenders: Personal Constructs, Therapy and Change (Wiley, 1998). Sarah Galloway is a Forensic Community Psychiatric Nurse and Lead Nurse with the Sex Offender Service, Forensic Mental Health Services, Shaftesbury Clinic, London, UK. She led the development and implementation of a psycho-educative group for partners of sex offenders. She is also attached to Kingston University as an Honorary Lecturer.


An interesting book that seeks to "inform readers about the range of theoretical and legal issues relevant to working with sexual offenders". -- Psychiatric Services

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