chapter  117
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Sex Offender Treatment Programs

WithJackie Craissati, Caoimhe McAnena

In the early part of the twentieth century, treatment for sexual offenders, although not widely available, consisted mainly of individual psychoanalytic psychotherapies aimed at resolving unconscious conflicts and disturbances in sexual development.1 Disillusionment with this approach led to a change in direction, and by the 1970s behaviorism was the dominant model. Behavioral principles were applied to modify deviant sexual fantasy and arousal through conditioning techniques.2 Social skills training was also employed to develop more appropriate and effective means of forming and maintaining adult relationships.