Engaging Caregivers in Offense-Specific Treatment

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lynett Henderson Metzger, Psy.D., J.D.

Second Committee Member

Neil Gowensmith, Ph.D.

Third Committee Member

Samantha Brown, Ph.D.

Fourth Committee Member

Molly Ramirez, LCSW, MSW


Family therapy, Offense-specific, Sexual offense, Juvenile, Caregiver

Publication Statement

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Despite the importance of family involvement in the treatment of juveniles who engage in illegal sexual behavior, many mental health organizations and professionals struggle to gain and sustain caregivers’ participation. Existing research suggests that recidivism rates are notably lower for sexually-offending juveniles whose families engage in treatment, yet inadequate service engagement often hinders the treatment that is necessary to produce such outcomes. Thus, this caregiver-oriented treatment introduction and enhancement intends to promote collaboration and foster the relationship between caregivers and mental health treatment providers. The primary goal is to promote family service engagement and effective treatment for youths who engage in sexual offense behavior. This supplement offers caregivers an understanding of their role in family-based offense-specific treatment, clarifies the role of the therapist, and ultimately helps caregivers make effective use of therapy to benefit their families, their youth, and the community. By increasing caregivers’ engagement in services, this supplement aims to reduce recidivism among juveniles who commit sexual offenses and promote the resiliency and unity of their families.


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