Pedophilia: An integrated treatment in a prison setting


This report describes the results of a long term (three years) treatment program that used two different treatment modalities: group therapy and EMDR treatment, on pedophile prisoners incarcerated in a prison setting.

Our report will include a discussion on the relationship of the Italian legal system to the pedophile offender, the current thinking of the psychiatric community to the pedophilia, and a detailed report of one case study.

In this case study, we describe the nature of the crime, the evolution of the offender’s pathology, and the cognitive reprocessing procedure that was achieved through psychodynamic and cognitive interventions and EMDR treatment.

To overcome any difficulties that a prison setting imposes on the treatment process, we have sought to make this treatment option entirely voluntary nature with the subject being offered no other “’incentive’ than a free choice to have the opportunity to “looking into himself.’

In this report, we will also summarize the findings of similar treatment modalities on four other sexual offender inmates who have been released from prison but have a shorter follow up period. Each of these four subjects has now completed their prison sentence and appears to be doing well in living a fully integrated life outside of prison.

It is our view that the results of this study suggest that an integrated therapeutic approach, in a prison setting, can make a valuable contribution to the solution of some of the problems connected to sexual deviance.






Marika Romanini
Pierluigi Morini

Original Work Citation

Romanini, M., & Morini, P. (2004, June). Pedophilia: An integrated treatment in a prison setting. In EMDR, biology and the body (P. Lieberman, Chair). Symposium conducted at the 5th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Stockholm, Sweden



“Pedophilia: An integrated treatment in a prison setting,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed April 18, 2021,

Output Formats