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News & Views - Oct, 1994 Issue #30 

What Works in the Treatment of Sex Offenders 
by: Larry Stednitz 
Shodair Hospital
Helena, Montana 

On June 21st, top experts from Montana and around the Country met with representatives from state, county, and private agencies to evaluate sex offender treatment and begin the process of developing clear guidelines for the treatment of sex offenders. The group looked at the following key issues:

  • Demographics - How many youthful offenders are there?
  • Legal Issues - How should courts respond? 
  • Etiology - What dynamics are operating? 
  • Evaluation - Why normal evaluations don't work.
  • Outpatient Treatment - What works? 
  • Inpatient/Residential Treatment - What works? 

The purpose of the symposium and the resultant document was, in fact, to produce a blueprint for illustrating the essentials in developing a continuum of care for sex offenders. The efforts in this endeavor must be bound together with a common philosophy that can provide continuity at all levels of interventions. 

This document is available to those interested in exploring this field or developing treatment programs. In order to defray costs, a $5.00 charge is necessary to cover the costs of printing and shipping. For more information, contact Larry Stednitz, Ph.D. at 1-800-447-6614. (To order a copy, send a check to Woodbury Reports). 

Copyright 1994, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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