This book helps professionals to make informed, research-based assessments of risk, offering strategies for supporting and educating families within which sexual abuse has occurred. Without actually advocating reunification, the authors provide a unique approach for working with non-offending parents and partners who wish to work towards re-unification of the family.

Connections Program: Family Session Modules

Connections program: Family session modules

Partners' Session 1: Reviewing Offense Patterns

Now that the nonoffending partner has completed her group sessions, she should have a basic understanding of the dangers and harmfulness of child sexual abuse. She should be past denying or minimizing her partner's responsibility or his potential for future offending. If these issues continue to be problematic, address them in couples' sessions. No real progress toward safety planning can be made while the nonoffending parent is continuing to deny or minimize.

Now it becomes important for the nonoffending parent to understand how she is going to apply the theoretical material she has been learning. That is, if she is considering living with a sex offender, she must become familiar with the ...

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