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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.M38
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: WILSON M Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment
Percentage Weighting
Essay (3000 words)
Practical Assessment  
Casework Report linked to the workshop. Instructions given on the day.

Module Overview

Available to Forensic Masters students only

Module Aims

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and skills in the area of the treatment and management of sexual offending, and to introduce students to the range of sexual offending patterns and their impact from predominantly psychological theoretical perspectives.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
•    have an awareness of the research literature in sexual offending risk factors and their interaction with various forms of mental disorder.
•    have an understanding of the issues involved in needs-led assessment and treatment of sexual offenders.
•    have an understanding of the development and operation of evaluation of sex offender treatment programmes for reducing sex offending behaviour.

Please note that the course aims to familiarise students with processes that may include assessment techniques.  It is not a formal training in these tools and techniques and is not intended to provide professional competence in these areas. 
Module Content

The course comprises of 8 two-hour lectures and a one-day workshop.  The first session provides an overview and introduction to the area and sets the scene for the remaining sessions. Subsequent sessions focus on specific manifestations of violence and issues related to the treatment and sexual offender including:
Sex Offending Theory & Practice
Prison Service Sex Offender Treatment Programmes
Deviant sexual arousal and fantasy assessment and treatment
Community treatment programmes for sex offenders
Polygraph: Uses and implications in Forensic Psychology
The role of the Internet in sex offending
Treatment of Sex Offenders with Personality Disorder
Women sex offenders
Sex offender practice familiarisation workshop (6 hours)

NB: This content is subject to minor fluctuation due to availability of external speakers

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures, seminars and workshops

Selected Texts/Journals
Beech, A., Craig, A. & Browne, K. (eds) (2009). Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders. Wiley-Blackwell
Marshall, W.L., Fernandez, Y.M., Marshall, L.E. & Serran, G.A. (Eds.) (2006) Sexual Offender Treatment: Controversial Issues. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons
Saradjian, J. & Hanks, H. (1996) Women who sexually abuse children.  Chichester: Wiley.

Beech, A.R., Fisher, D.D., & Thornton, D., (2003) Risk assessment of sex offenders. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34, 339-352.
Craissati, J. (1998).  Child sexual abusers: a community treatment approach.  Hove: Psychology Press Ltd.
Ireland, J., Ireland, C., and Birch, P., (Eds.) (2009) Violent and Sexual Offenders: Assessment, Treatment and Management. Cullumpton; Willan Publishing.
Salter, A.C. (1988) Treating child sexual offenders and victims.  A practical guide.  Beverley Hills, CA: Sage.
Thornton, D., Mann, R., Webster, S., Blud, L., Travers, R., Friendship, C., & Erikson, M. (2004) Distinguishing and Combining Risks for Sexual and Violent Recividism. In R. Prentky, E. Janus & A. W. Burgess (Eds.), Understanding and managing sexually coercive behaviour. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 989, 225-235.
Ward, T., Polaschek, D.L.L. & Beech, A.R. (2006) Theories of Sexual Offending. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons

Calder, M.C. (1999).  Assessing risk in adult males who sexually abuse children.  Lyme Regis: Russell House publishing.
Laws, D.R., Hudson, S., & Ward, T. (eds) (2000). Remaking relapse prevention with sex offenders. London: Sage.
Marshall, W.L., Anderson, D. & Fernandez, Y. (eds) (1999) Cognitive Behavioural Treatment of Sexual Offenders.  Chichester: Wiley.

Further reading will be recommended during the course of the module.
Last Updated
9th August 2010