6 Adapting Offender Treatment for Specific Populations

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Certain criminal justice system populations may be recognized as having specific needs; the consensus panel recommends that whenever possible, treatment be modified to meet those needs. A thorough client assessment will enable treatment providers to determine what modifications to treatment are required. However, the panel also recognizes that in order to explain different types of treatment modifications and the need for those modifications it is necessary to group clients according to certain socially defined categories that mark their relationship to a dominant identity. This chapter provides a basic overview of treatment needs of offenders belonging to subpopulations including women; men; violent offenders; gay, lesbian, and bisexual offenders; clients with physical and sensory disabilities; older adults; people with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders; people with infectious diseases; and sex offenders.


Treatment Issues Related to Cultural Minorities

Women’s Treatment Issues

Histories of Physical and Sexual Abuse

Low Self-Esteem

Parenting and Child Custody

Job Skills Training

Men’s Treatment Issues


Developing Relationships

Working With Violent Offenders

Relationship Between Substance Abuse and Violence

Managing Violence

Treatment Issues Based on Client’s Sexual Orientation

Treatment Issues Based on the Client’s Cognitive/Learning, Physical, and Sensory Disabilities

Treatment Issues for Older Adults

Treatment Issues For Clients From Rural Areas

Treatment Issues For People With Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders

Identifying Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Programs

Medication Management

Case Management Services

Special Considerations in Treating Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)

Special Considerations in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Special Considerations in Treating Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

Special Considerations in Treating Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders

Special Considerations in Treating Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity and Other Cognitive Disorders

Special Considerations in Treating PTSD, Phobias, and Other Anxiety Disorders

People With Infectious Diseases

Medical Care

Prevention and Education

Sex Offenders

Some Relevant Facts About Sex Offenders

Sex-Offender-Specific Treatment

Relapse Prevention: The Common Thread

Ares of Divergence


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