Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781447301196 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781447301202 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Social Work with Sex Offenders

Making a Difference

Malcolm Cowburn and Steve Myers

Social Work with Sex Offenders

Malcolm Cowburn and Steve Myers

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781447301196 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781447301202 Published June 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Providing a valuable explanation of current theory and evidence as well as an emphasis on social work rather than psychological treatment, this book offers a practical and positive approach to working with people who have committed sexual offenses.  Chapters address a variety of critical issues, from the emotional impacts of facing the sex offender and the importance of values and ethics in practice to public and academic understandings of sex offenders and sex crimes and key points in contemporary practice, including assessment, intervention, and worker support. Written in an accessible style and featuring exercises integrated throughout the book, Social Work with Sex Offenders will help students, practitioners, policy makers, and academics in and beyond the discipline of social work to reflect on theory, best practices, and the development of emotional resilience.
Contents
Introduction: constructing sex crimes and sex offenders
Understanding sex crimes and sex offenders
Penal responses to the sex offender
Working together: policy into practice
Social work assessment of sex offenders
Social work interventions
Developing reflexive and reflective practice with sex offenders 
Review Quotes
Simon Hackett, Durham University
“The specific contributions made by social workers to assessing, managing, and supporting sex offenders has long since been overlooked. Conceptually strong and theoretically informed, this book represents key reading for all those whose work brings them into contact with this challenging area of social work practice.”
Keith Pringle, Uppsala University, Sweden
“With a breadth of theory, research, policy, practice, and ethics that is truly remarkable, this book is indispensable for practitioners in the field and important reading for social workers/social work students more widely.”
Rob Canton, De Montfort University
“Drawing upon their extensive experience, Cowburn and Myers challenge readers to test their understanding and question their assumptions in this authoritative and accessible text, which is a valuable addition to research and practice of working with sex offenders.”
Sue White, University of Birmingham
“An authoritative and informed analysis of sexual offending and of those who offend which challenges the ‘folk devil’ accounts in the media and maintains a robust victim-oriented position.”
Anna Gupta, Royal Holloway University of London
“An important book that draws on literature from a variety of disciplines to present a comprehensive account of social work with sex offenders.”
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