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Title: Facilitators views on victim empathy work in sex offender treatment and its impact on therapeutic alliance
Author: Norton, Russell
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 0423
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2013
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Participants on sex offender treatment programmes (SOTPs) seem to value victim empathy (VE) training exercises, despite there being little evidence to suggest that these reduce risk of reoffending. Participants also appear to value their therapeutic relationships. There has been very little research into SOTP facilitators’ views on treatment. This study explores whether facilitators also feel VE training is a useful part of treatment and if seeing empathy develop in offenders strengthens therapeutic alliance. 12 prison SOTP facilitators were interviewed. The transcripts were analysed using content and thematic analysis, there were six main findings. Facilitators were concerned that the perceived impact of VE was superficial compliance and the particular emotional aspect of VE training may help facilitators to empathise with difficult group members. This study contributes a facilitator perspective to the debate on including VE training in SOTPs, and suggests further research be completed into empathy constructs and how these apply to facilitators work.
Supervisor: Victoria, Knauer; Nicholas, Moberly Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: victim empathy ; sex offender ; therapeutic alliance ; qualitative