Full course description
This course deals with the psychology of sex offenders. The offensive behaviour of sex offenders causes major harm to their victims. Their harmful behaviour also results in considerable distress in society. Although the occurrence of sexually offensive behaviour in the community is low, the severity of the sequel of sex offending behaviour justifies the development of a specialised course in which the psychological and biological mechanisms and disorders underlying this delinquent behaviour are studied. Moreover, the field of forensic psychiatry has a growing need for psychologists who are knowledgeable and trained in the field of assessment and treatment of sex offenders. Main topics in this course include theoretical models of the aetiology of sexual offending, assessment of psychological characteristics specific for sex offenders, specific types of sex offenders and types of offending, risk assessment and treatment options.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- explain the changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5 regarding Paraphilia and illustrate the implications of these changes;
- explain the phenomenology of sexual offenses and sex offenders;
- understand, explain and apply the theoretical models of sexual offending;
- interpret the diagnostic instruments for paraphilic sexual arousal and compare treatment options.