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An Integrated Humanistic Approach to Outpatient Groups for Adult Sex Offenders
Sheri Bauman and T. Gregory Kopp
This article describes an integrated/humanistic approach to outpatient group treatment of relatively low-risk adult sex offenders deemed appropriate to manage in the community. Group therapy is often utilized as a major component of sex offender treatment (Loss, 2001).The approach described herein emphasizes positive relationships among group members and a safe climate as the foundation of treatment. We contend that therapeutic gains are more likely when clinicians employ and promote a climate of acceptance of the offender while condemning the offense. Our approach is grounded in the ideas espoused by Blanchard (1995). This article will be useful for practitioners at all experience levels who may work with sex offenders and for counselor educators who train those practitioners.