Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing for offence-related trauma in a mentally disordered sexual offender
Research demonstrates a high incidence of offence-related trauma in mentally disordered offenders convicted of violent and sexual offences. The adaptive information processing (AIP) model offers a theoretical framework for understanding the hypothesised relationship between offence-related trauma and reoffending. Evidence suggests that for a sub-population of offenders presenting with offence-related trauma: (1) therapy may retraumatise them, and (2) unresolved trauma severely blocks the positive benefits of talking therapies. Thus, it is postulated that traumatised violent and sexual offenders may be released into the community when they are still at risk of reoffending. A single case study is presented, which describes the application of eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) for a sexual offender presenting with offence-related trauma, whose offences occurred in the context of serious mental disorder. The identification of offence-related trauma and subsequent resolution of trauma symptomatology are discussed in regard to effective offender rehabilitation. Furthermore, the idiosyncratic nature of offence-related trauma and the application of the standard EMDR protocol for a single traumatic event are considered. [Abstract from publisher]
Original Work Citation
Clark, L., Tyler, N., Gannon, T., & Kingham, M. (2014, July). Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing for offence-related trauma in a mentally disordered sexual offender. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 20(2), 240-249. doi:10.1080/13552600.2013.822937
“Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing for offence-related trauma in a mentally disordered sexual offender,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed May 28, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/22789.