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I know very well just how I would and do feel about anyone who has committed the crimes this client is accused of. There is nothing more horrible and reprehensible than an adult becoming sexually active with a child. Just too think of the horrible effects that the victimization has on a minor is enough to make you sick to your stomach. That being said ,I must also consider that even child sex offenders need therapeutic help if there is to ever be a reduction in such terrible crimes. My first, and, main concern must focus on helping the client discontinue this behavior (Priest, 1992). I need to examine my own willingness (or lack thereof) to treat such a client, I must be ever cognizant that my personal biases and beliefs could very well have a negative impact on the treatment, and I must also truly believe that counseling is the right response to the clients problem, and make sure that first the client is no longer has access to the minor (Priest, 1992).
Sexual violence of any kindis an extreme form of inauthentic sexuality. Sexual force against the will or without the understanding of another person is a problem difficult to comprehend (Balswick, 2008). A variety of treatment programs are offered to offenders, but their effectiveness is inconclusive. Individual and group therapy, cognitive and behavioral modification approaches are used to help offenders practice impulse controland reformulate patterns of sexual desire (Balswick, 2008). Success is defined as the ability to control one’s behavior by not acting out inappropriate sexual impulses when they occur (Balswick, 2008).
Balswick, J.K., & Balswick, J.O., (2008). Authentic Human Sexuality: An Integrated Christian Approach. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.
Priest, R., & Smith, A., (1992). Counseling Adult Sex Offenders: Unique Challenges and Treatment Paradigms. Journal of Counseling
and Development. 71 (1). pg. 27.