Applying the Good Lives and Self Regulation Models to Sex Offender Treatment
A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Pamela M. Yates, Ph.D., R.D. Psych
David Prescott, LICSW
Tony Ward, Ph.D., DipClinPsyc
© 2010

Available from Safer Society Press


A comprehensive guide to integrating the Good Lives and Self-Regulation models into a sex offender treatment program. The authors present the two models as a combined program to achieve two goals with offenders: building a lifestyle incompatible with offending and effectively managing risk. This book is a thorough, step-by-step guide that first lays the groundwork with the fundamentals, continues with sections on assessment and treatment, and wraps up with post-treatment maintenance and supervision.

Review Comments

The Good Lives Model is garnering a growing level of interest with practitioners eager to better understand how to apply the model in clinical settings. This comprehensive and reliable handbook reviews the central constructs that serve as the foundation for treating individuals who have committed sexual offences and offers a framework with helpful examples to bring the application of the Good Lives and Self Regulation models to life. This holistic and positive-oriented approach to assist individuals to live safely in the community has much to offer.

— Lawrence Ellerby, Ph.D., Forensic Psycholocical Services,
Ellerby, Kolton, Rothman & Associates

The authors are masterful at capturing the complexities of therapy in general and with sexual offenders in particular. Their strengths-based approach is refreeshing and takes us back to the basic principles of psychotherapy. The authors do an excellent job supporting their model with the right combination of theory, research, and practical applications. The authors offer practical explanations for their techniques and show how to apply them in case scenarios. The examples are very helpful, and the transcripts of client sessions demonstrate exactly how to incorporate the model into a genuine and authentic dialog with the client. This book is an essential part of the library for any therapist working with sexual offenders.

— Jill Levenson, Ph.D., LCSW, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Individuals who are successful in life define their goals in terms of what they want to achieve, not what they want to avoid. This important book champions a forward-focused, positive, individualized intervention approach to working with individuals who engage in sexually abusive behavior. It is a cutting edge resource for treatment providres and supervision officers on how to help those they work with to lead a ’“good life” that is incompatible with sexual offending.

— Robert J. McGrath, M.A., Clinical Director, Vermont Treatment Program for Sexual Abusers and co-author of Supervision of the Sex Offender, 2nd edition

Always ahead of the curve, Pamela Yates, David Prescott, and Tony Ward present us with a cogent roadmap for the future of sexual offender treatment. Clinicians will appreciate the practical guidelines and case examples, while researchers will revel in the comprhensive emperical foundation. As a scientist-practitioner, it is wonderful to finally have everything I need available in one solid publication.

— Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP,