There are many myths, unknowns, and negative reactions about working with sexual offenders and while the work can be challenging it is a multifaceted and rewarding opportunity. For those reasons, my dissertation included creating a didactic aimed towards clinical psychology graduate students to provide important information about working with sexual offenders that would be useful to consider as a practicum training, eventual career path option, as well as overall awareness. The didactic was created based on the available literature to help increase awareness and knowledge when working with clients that have been convicted of a sex offense, specifically relevant legal definitions, risk factors, ethical considerations, clinician stress (compassion fatigue and burnout,) countertransference, emotional challenges and coping strategies, the role of the therapist’s age and gender, and the positive and rewarding aspects of working with this population. The goal of this didactic is to provide information to graduate students to assist them in making an informed decision about considering working, or not working, with sexual offenders. Feedback from a small number of mental health providers experienced with this population as well as clinical psychology graduate students was gathered via a survey and considered toward the final version of the didactic. Results are discussed in detail followed by clinical implications and recommendations for future research.
|Commitee:||Loree, Cristina, Landers, Amber|
|School:||Alliant International University|
|Department:||San Francisco, CSPP|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Occupational psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Working with sexual offenders, Clinical psychology graduate students|
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