ThePaS- A therapy program for adequate sexual behaviour: indication, contents and clinical application

ThePaS- A therapy program for adequate sexual behaviour: indication, contents and clinical application

ThePaS- A therapy program for adequate sexual behaviour: indication, contents and clinical application

Individual presentation101Leonardo Vertone, University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich, Switzerland

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The ThePaS - A therapy program for adequate sexual behaviour has been developed by combining cognitive behavioural and specific relapse prevention methods. It is in clinical practice in several forensic institutions and professionals in the German speaking part of Switzerland.

The results of our recently conducted study (Aebi et al., 2019) suggest – from a clinical point of view – that it makes sense to use specific relapse prevention techniques to address youth’s criminogenic needs (riskfactors) and to lower the risk of sexual recidivism. A combination of specific relapse prevention skills with elements of the good-lives model and with social and emotional skills trainings may further increase the commitment to therapy and improve mental health.

Based on research findings the revised ThePaS addresses the following topics: Analysis of the individual acts of crime, accounting consequences, empathy for the victim, relapse prevention techniques; life aims, personal skills and strengths, knowledge in the body-anatomy, sexuality, flirting, in engaging and holding relationship, mindfulness, reflecting own feelings, self-control, problem & conflict-solving, say “no”, moral judgment; country’s law, exam, certification, booster.

The ThePaS is indicated for youth who sexually offended with contact. It is not indicated for youth with IQ < 70, severe crimes, severe psychotic / depressive disorders and full-blown paraphilias. Further clinical implications are discussed.
Co-author(s): Thomas Best, Daniela Imbach, Marcel Aebi, Cornelia Bessler

Assessment and treatment of young and/or adolescent offenders
sexual behaviour
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