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Training multi-disciplinary teams to work with sex offenders: effects on staff attitudes.

By Todd Hogue


A recent British Prison Service initiative has focused on providing sex offender programmes facilitated by multi-disciplinary teams of staff. A three week long training programme was designed to provide staff with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to facilitate these structured treatment groups. Following the training, staff indicated they were more confident in their ability to provide treatment and showed a greater belief that treatment could be successful. In addition, they showed significantly more positive attitudes towards sexual offenders and to offenders in general. However, participants did not indicate undue concern about working in a sensitive treatment area. This pattern continued at six month follow-up, indicating that the training changed attitudes as expected, and that the training was seen by participants as adequately preparing them to undertake provision of a structured sex offender treatment programme in a secure setting

Topics: C800 Psychology, C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group)
Year: 1995
DOI identifier: 10.1080/10683169508411958
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