Evaluating Sex Offenders is the first and only "how to" book describing the complete sex offender civil commitment evaluation. Aimed at helping practitioners, clinicians, counselors, and parole officers assess risk and evaluate offenders who have been convicted of a sex crime, the text offers readers a step-by-step description of what examiners need to know, including information gathering, interviewing offenders, and writing reports. Chapter topics include: defining risk; data gathering; diagnostic issues; recidivism base rates; risk factor lists; actuarial scales; instrumentation (violent and sexual); the evaluation report; presenting in court; ethical issues.
Ethics: A set of rules laid out by professionals to show the way they would like to act if it were profitable.
The above humorous quote serves as introduction to this book's final topic, ethical issues that arise during the conducting of sex offender civil commitment evaluations. With official publications concerning professional ethics standing as the general guide (e.g., American Educational Research Association et al., 1999; American Psychological Association [APA], 1992; Committee on Ethical Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists, 1991), some ethical considerations rather specific to the civil commitment evaluation arena need to be discussed. Given the more subjective nature of this topic matter compared with others described in this book, there will be little empirical basis for any conclusions or recommendations ...