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Evaluating Sex Offenders : A Manual for Civil Commitments and Beyond - Dennis M. Doren

Evaluating Sex Offenders

A Manual for Civil Commitments and Beyond

By: Dennis M. Doren (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9780761921134
Number Of Pages: 256

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Evaluating Sex Offenders is the first and only "how to" book describing the complete sex offender civil commitment evaluation. Aimed at helping practitioners, clinicians, counselors, and parole officers assess risk and evaluate offenders who have been convicted of a sex crime, the text offers readers a step-by-step description of what examiners need to know, including information gathering, interviewing offenders, and writing reports. Chapter topics include: defining risk; data gathering; diagnostic issues; recidivism base rates; risk factor lists; actuarial scales; instrumentation (violent and sexual); the evaluation report; presenting in court; ethical issues.

Introductionp. ix
Relevant Components of Sex Offender Civil Commitment Laws: The Evaluation "Referral Questions"p. 1
The Relevant Statutesp. 2
Different Types of Assessmentsp. 3
Who Is Allowed to Do These Evaluationsp. 7
The Overall Criteria for Commitmentp. 8
The Issue of Lesser Restrictive Alternativesp. 23
Summary Commentsp. 24
Procedures for Conducting the Assessmentp. 27
National Standardsp. 27
Standard Procedures for Gathering Informationp. 31
Ethical Considerationsp. 49
Summary Commentsp. 49
Diagnostic Issues Within Sex Offender Civil Commitment Assessments: Defining Relevant Paraphiliasp. 51
Defending the Labels We Usep. 51
Why Diagnose at All?p. 54
DSM-IV Definitional Problems for Paraphiliap. 56
Paraphilia, Not Otherwise Specified, Nonconsentp. 63
Other Relevant Types of Paraphilia NOSp. 80
Thresholds for Diagnosing a Paraphiliap. 81
The Descriptive Language We Usep. 85
Summary Commentsp. 86
Diagnostic Issues Within Sex Offender Civil Commitment Assessments: Diagnostic Issues Beyond the Paraphiliasp. 87
Nonparaphiliac Diagnoses Common in Sex Offender Civil Commitment Assessmentsp. 87
Differentiations Among Commonly Diagnosed Disordersp. 93
Drawing the Predisposition Nexusp. 99
Summary Commentsp. 102
Using Risk Assessment Instrumentationp. 103
The Overall Risk Assessment Methodological Choicep. 104
Comparing the Accuracy of Differing Methodologiesp. 106
Selecting What Instruments to Usep. 115
Interpreting Actuarial Instrument Resultsp. 139
Summary Commentsp. 143
Recidivism Base Ratesp. 145
What Do We Know About the Sexual Recidivism Base Rate?p. 146
Why Base Rates Matterp. 151
For Which Sex Offenders Do Base Rates Matter?p. 154
Summary Commentsp. 160
Clinical Adjustmentsp. 161
Defining Proper Adjustmentsp. 162
The Theoretical Basis for Clinical Adjustmentsp. 163
Adjustments Based on Risk Factorsp. 164
Adjustments Based on Protective Factorsp. 171
Assessing Beyond the Actuarial Schemep. 173
Evaluator Biasp. 176
Summary Commentsp. 177
The Evaluation Report and Court Testimonyp. 179
The Evaluation Reportp. 180
Testifying About Evaluation Findingsp. 184
Summary Commentsp. 188
Ethical Issuesp. 189
Procedural Concernsp. 189
Communication Concernsp. 195
A Final Commentp. 199
Relapse Prevention Interviewp. 201
Basic Principles of Scoringp. 201
Relapse Prevention Interview Score Sheetp. 209
Templates for Segments of Precommitment Forms and Reportsp. 211
Informed Consent Formp. 211
Diagnostic Segmentp. 212
Actuarial Instrument Time and Legal Status Limitations Templatep. 214
Sample Precommitment Evaluation Reportp. 217
State Statute # Evaluationp. 217
Templates for Segments of Reexamination (Postcommitment) Evaluation Reportp. 225
Treatment Benefit Templatep. 225
Template for Risk Management Segmentp. 227
Referencesp. 229
Indexp. 237
About the Authorp. 243
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ISBN: 9780761921134
ISBN-10: 0761921133
Series: Practical Aspects of Assessing & Treating S
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.62