Cognitive-Behavioural, Relapse Prevention Model Group Program
This model focuses on:
- Changing the offender’s behaviour by changing distorted thinking. Sex offenders used distorted thinking to help them justify their behaviour. They minimize the harm to their victim and rationalize their offending.
- Preventing relapse by helping the offender avoid high-risk situations. Just as an alcoholic should avoid bars, a sex offender should avoid situations that offer access to potential victims.
- This treatment philosophy is based on the belief that sexual deviancy is a pattern of behaivour that can be controlled, not cured.
- Clients learn tools to control their sexual deviancy and prevent reoffending.
- Treatment is designed to help the client.
- Gain control over deviant sexual urges and behaviour.
- Accept full responsibility for sexual offending and its consequences.
- Recognize thinking errors and be able to correct them.
- Identify offense cycle and interrupt the cycle when high-risk behaviours begin.
- Development of empathy skills.
- Express thoughts and feelings in a healthy manner.