Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing for offence-related trauma in a mentally disordered sexual offender

Clark, Lauren and Tyler, Nichola and Gannon, Theresa A. and Kingham, Michael (2014) Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing for offence-related trauma in a mentally disordered sexual offender. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 20 (2). pp. 240-249. ISSN 1355-2600. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2013.822937) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Research demonstrates a high incidence of offence-related trauma in mentally disordered offenders convicted of violent and sexual offences. The adaptive information processing (AIP) model offers a theoretical framework for understanding the hypothesised relationship between offence-related trauma and reoffending. Evidence suggests that for a sub-population of offenders presenting with offence-related trauma: (1) therapy may retraumatise them, and (2) unresolved trauma severely blocks the positive benefits of talking therapies. Thus, it is postulated that traumatised violent and sexual offenders may be released into the community when they are still at risk of reoffending. A single case study is presented, which describes the application of eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) for a sexual offender presenting with offence-related trauma, whose offences occurred in the context of serious mental disorder. The identification of offence-related trauma and subsequent resolution of trauma symptomatology are discussed in regard to effective offender rehabilitation. Furthermore, the idiosyncratic nature of offence-related trauma and the application of the standard EMDR protocol for a single traumatic event are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), offender rehabilitation, offence-related trauma, adaptive information processing model, recidivism, sex offender treatment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2014 09:21 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2017 09:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42429 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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