Discussion response: treatment of sex offenders | COUN 6511 – Treatment of Forensic Populations | Walden University

 In 200-300 words, respond to the below posting by one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

The article chosen for this assignment is therapy for individuals who are child sexual offenders (adults committing this act) who are living in Norway (Cooper & Holgersen, 2016).  These individuals were questioned on the perceived outcomes of the treatment they received and to determine what has worked for them from the treatment process (Cooper & Holgersen, 2016).  Clients attended a specific treatment center in Norway designed specifically to address fantasies, desires, feelings, and experiences related to their sexual selves.  The clinic specializes in treatment of individuals with sex crimes.  These specific individuals have sex crimes involving a child, or pedophilia (Cooper & Holgersen, 2016).

            Relapse and Harm Reduction models are likely the closest models to this treatment model implemented in Norway (Geyer, 2009).  Relapse model accepts some degree of problems arising and allows a person to work them out- and harm reduction helps an individual to determine “safer” alternatives to behaviors that carry significant risk (Geyer, 2009).  Working with individuals in the clinic in Norway, the providers address different aspects of sexuality, history, mental health, and the crimes themselves to assist the individual to understand their own behaviors.  This can be a tool in the two models of treatment in this population (Geyer, 2009). 


Cooper, E. S. N., & Holgersen, H. (2016). Treatment Experiences of Child Sexual Offenders in

Norway: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25(7), 699–718. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2016.1212958

Geyer, M. D. (2009). Treatment outcome models.

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