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The Impact of Working with Sex Offenders
Evidence exists that therapists who work with sex offenders are significantly affected personally by their work (Farrenkopf, 1992). Over half of participants in a study had diminished hopes and expectations in working with sex offenders and felt their outlook had become more cynical and pessimistic after having seen the darker side of humans. The study revealed four phases of impact that resemble the trauma/grief process.
Farrenkopf, T. (1992). What happens to therapists who work with sex offenders? In Coleman, E., Dwyer, S. M., & Pallone, N. J. (Eds.), Sex Offender Treatment: Psychological and Medical Approaches (pp. 217-223). New York: Haworth Press.
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