Preventing Sexual Abuse by Integrating Research into Practice

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Assessment
Community Notification
Intellectual Disabilities
Program Development
Treatment
Supervision

What's New

McGrath, R. J., & Riddell, E. (2017). (Eds.). Vermont best practices manual: Assessment, treatment, and risk management with individuals with developmental disabilities and problematic sexual behaviors. Waterbury, VT: Vermont Agency of Human Services. Download Manual.

Hanson, R. K., Bourgon, G., McGrath, R. J., Kroner, D., D’Amora, D. A., Thomas, S. S., Tavarez, L. P.(2017). A Five-Level Risk and Needs System: Maximizing Assessment Results in Corrections through the Development of a Common Language. New York: The Council of State Governments Justice Center. Download Report.

Lasher, M. P., & McGrath, R. J. (2016). Desistance from sexual and other violent offending among child sexual abusers: Observations using the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS). Criminal Justice and Behavior. Published online September 29, 2016. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J. (2016). Clinical strategies for evaluating sexual offenders. In A. Phenix & H. Hoberman (Eds.). Sexual offending: Predisposing antecedents, assessments and management (pp. 265-278). New York: Springer. Available from Springer. Link to chapter overview.

Assessment

McGrath, R. J., & Riddell, E. (2017). (Eds.). Vermont best practices manual: Assessment, treatment, and risk management with individuals with developmental disabilities and problematic sexual behaviors. Waterbury, VT: Vermont Agency of Human Services. Download Manual.

Hanson, R. K., Bourgon, G., McGrath, R. J., Kroner, D., D’Amora, D. A., Thomas, S. S., Tavarez, L. P.(2017). A Five-Level Risk and Needs System: Maximizing Assessment Results in Corrections through the Development of a Common Language. New York: The Council of State Governments Justice Center. Download Report.

McGrath, R. J. (2016). Clinical strategies for evaluating sexual offenders. In A. Phenix & H. Hoberman (Eds.). Sexual offending: Predisposing antecedents, assessments and management (pp. 265-278). New York: Springer. Available from Springer.

Lasher, M. P., & McGrath, R. J. (2016). Desistance from sexual and other violent offending among child sexual abusers: Observations using the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS). Criminal Justice and Behavior. Published online September 29, 2016. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Allin, H. M., & Cumming, G. F. (2015). Risk of Sexual Abuse of Children (ROSAC): Structured professional guidelines for assessing the risk a sexual abuser poses to a child and making contact decisions. Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press. Available from Safer Society Press.

Lasher, M. P., McGrath, R. J., & Cumming, G. F. (2015). Sex offender modus operandi stability and relationship with actuarial risk assessment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 30, 911-927.  Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Lasher, M. P., & Cumming, G. F., Langton, C. M., & Hoke, S. E. (2014). Development of the Vermont Assessment of Sex Offender Risk-2 (VASOR-2) Reoffense Risk Scale. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26, 271-290. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Hoke, S. E., & Lasher, M. P. (2013). Vermont Assessment of Sex Offender Risk-2 (VASOR-2) Manual. Middlebury, VT: Author. Download Manual.

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., & Lasher, M. P. (2013). Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) Manual. Middlebury, VT: Author.  Download Manual.

McGrath, R. J., Lasher, M. P., & Cumming, G. F. (2012). The Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS): Psychometric properties and incremental validity with the Static-99R. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 24, 431-458. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Lasher, M. P., & Cumming, G. F. (2011). A model of static and dynamic sex offender risk assessment (Document No. 236217). Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice. Download Report.

McGrath, R. J. (2003). The parole interview. In P. B. Burke (Ed.), A handbook for new parole board members. Washington, DC: Association of Paroling Authorities International. Download Chapter.

McGrath, R. J. (2000). Recent advances in sex offender risk prediction. The Correctional Psychologist, 32(2), 1-4.

McGrath, R. J., & Purdy, L. A. (1999). Referring sex offenders for psychosexual evaluation: A review. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 19, 62-75. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J. (1993). Preparing psychosexual evaluations of sex offenders: Strategies for practitioners. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 20(1/2), 139-158. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J. (1992). Five critical questions: Assessing sex offender risk. Perspectives16(3), 6-9. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J. (1991). Sex-offender risk assessment and disposition planning: A review of empirical and clinical findings. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 35(4), 329-351. Download paper.

McGrath, R. J. (1990). Assessment of sexual aggressors: Practical clinical interviewing strategies. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 5(4), 507-519. Download Paper.

Community Notification

Lasher, M. P., & McGrath, R. J. (2012). The impact of community notification on sex offender’s community reintegration: A quantitative review of the research literature. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56, 6-28Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., & Lasher, M. P. (2009). Impact of community notification on sex offender reintegration before and after passage of a Megan’s Law. Research Report 1-2009. Burlington, VT: Vermont Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse. Download Report.

Intellectual Disabilities

McGrath, R. J., & Riddell, E. (2017). (Eds.). Vermont best practices manual: Assessment, treatment, and risk management with individuals with developmental disabilities and problematic sexual behaviors. Waterbury, VT: Vermont Agency of Human Services. Download Manual.

McGrath, R. J., Livingston, J. A. & Falk, G. (2007). A structured method of assessing dynamic risk factors among sexual abusers with intellectual disabilities. American Journal on Mental Retardation112, 221-229. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Livingston, J. A. & Falk, G. (2007). Community management of sexual abusers with intellectual disabilities: Characteristics, services, and outcome of a statewide program. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 45, 391-398. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J. (2005). Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale for Sexual Abusers with Intellectual Disabilities (TIPS-ID): Research Version 2005. Middlebury, VT: Author. Download Manual. The SOTIPS is a briefer instrument that can be used as an alternative to the TIPS-ID.

Program Development

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (2014). Practice guidelines for the evaluation, treatment, and management of adult male sexual abusers (drafted by ATSA Professional Issues Committee. Co-Chairs K. Bumby & R. McGrath, with members S. Jung, G. Martin, J. McLawsen, J. Stinson, & M. Christopher). Beaverton, OR: Author. Available from www.atsa.com.

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., & Williams, M. (2014). Program development and management. In M. S. Carich, S. E. Mussack, & B. Palmer (Eds.), The Safer Society handbook of  sexual abuser assessment and treatment (pp. 65-88). Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press.  Link to chapter overview. Chapter available from Safer Society Press. 

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., Burchard, B. L., Zeoli, S. & Ellerby, L. (2010). Current practices and trends in sexual abuser management: The Safer Society 2009 North American Survey. Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press. Download Free PDF File of Book.

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., Burchard, B. L., Zeoli, S. & Ellerby, L. (2010). Current practices in the treatment of adult male sexual abusers. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers Forum Newsletter, XXII (2), 11-20. Download Paper.

Ellerby, L., McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., Burchard, B. L., & Zeoli, S. (2010). Current practices in Canadian sexual abuser management: The Safer Society 2009 Survey. Ottawa, Canada: Corrections Research, Public Safety Canada. Download Paper.

Murphy, W. D., & McGrath, R. J. (2008). Best practices in sex offender treatment. Prison Service Journal, No. 178, 3-9. Download Paper.

Murphy, W. D., McGrath, R. J. & Christopher, M. G. (2008). Evidence for the development of the ATSA Practice Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Adult Male Sexual Abusers. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 8, 77-78. 

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (2005). Practice standards and guidelines for the evaluation, treatment, and management of adult male sexual abusers (drafted by ATSA Professional Issues Committee. Co-Chairs , W. Murphy & M. Christopher, with members J. Haaven, R. Kokish, R. McGrath, & J. Thomas. Beaverton, OR: Author.

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., & Burchard, B. L. (2003). Current practices and trends in sexual abuser management: The Safer Society 2002 Nationwide Survey. Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press.

Supervision

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., Hoke, S. E., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2007). Outcomes in a community sex offender treatment program: A comparison between polygraphed and matched non-polygraphed offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 19, 381-393. Download Paper.

Cumming G. F., & McGrath, R. J. (2005). Supervision of the sex offender: Community management, risk assessment, and treatment (2nd ed.). Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press. Available from Safer Society Press.

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G., Holt, J. (2002). Collaboration among sex offender treatment providers and probation and parole officers: The beliefs and behaviors of treatment providers. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 14, 49-65. Download Paper.

Cumming, G., & McGrath, R. J. (2000). External supervision: How can it increase the effectiveness of relapse prevention. In D. R. Laws, S. M. Hudson and T. Ward (Eds.), Remaking relapse prevention with sex offenders (pp. 236-253). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Treatment

Lasher, M. P., McGrath, R. J., Cumming G. F., & Wilson, D. (2015). Collaborative treatment planning using the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS): Concordance of therapist evaluation and client self-evaluation. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 14, 1-9. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., Hoke, S. E., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2007). Outcomes in a community sex offender treatment program: A comparison between polygraphed and matched non-polygraphed offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 19, 381-393. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G., Livingston, J. A., & Hoke, S. E. (2003). Outcome of a treatment program for adult sex offenders: From prison to community. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18, 3-17Download Paper.

Bumby, K.M., Goldman, R. A., Heil, P., Hover, G. R., & McGrath, R. J. (2001). Sex offender treatment skills for corrections professionals: Participant manual. Longmont, CO: U. S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections.

Bumby, K.M., Goldman, R. A., Heil, P., Hover, G. R., & McGrath, R. J. (2001). Sex offender treatment skills for corrections professionals: Facilitator manual. Longmont, CO: U. S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections.

McGrath, R. J. (2000). Using behavioral techniques to control sexual arousal. In M. S. Carich & S.E. Mussack (Eds.), Handbook on sex offender treatment (pp. 105-116). Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press.

McGrath, R. J., Hoke, S. E., & Vojtisek, J. E. (1998). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of sex offenders: A treatment comparison and long-term follow-up study. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 25 (2), 203-225. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J. (1995). Sex offender treatment: Does it work? Perspectives19(1), 24-26.

McGrath, R. J.  (Ed.). (1995).Vermont clinical practices guide for the assessment and treatment of adult sex offenders. Williston, VT: Vermont Center for Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse.

Carey, C. H., Candido, J., Cumming, G., McGrath, R. J., Pithers, W. D., Routsong, L., White, P., Purdy, L. (1992). Recommended guidelines for a system of investigation and treatment of juvenile sex offenders. Waterbury, VT: Vermont Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse. 

Carey, C. H., & McGrath, R. J. (1989). Coping with urges and craving. In D. R. Laws (Ed.), Relapse prevention with sex offenders (pp. 188-196). New York: Guilford Press.

McGrath, R. J., & Carey, C. H. (1987). Treatment of men who molest children: A program description. Journal of Offender Counseling, 7(2), 23-33.