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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Ricci, Ronald J.
Author's Email Address rricci@vt.edu
URN etd-05202004-070044
Title Trauma resolution treatment as an adjunt to stand treatment for sexual offenders
Degree PhD
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Johnson, Scott W. Committee Chair
Benningfield, Anna Beth Committee Member
Driscoll, Lisa G. Committee Member
Galway, Alison Committee Member
McWey, Lenore M. Committee Member
  • EMDR
  • trauma
  • sex offender
  • treatment
Date of Defense 2004-05-06
Availability unrestricted
Trauma Resolution Treatment as an Adjunct to Standard Treatment for Sexual Offenders

Ronald J. Ricci


This study explored the use of adding trauma resolution therapy to standard cognitive-behavioral relapse prevention therapy for sex offenders. Ten adjudicated sex offenders with sexual abuse histories were treated with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as an adjunct to standard outpatient sex offender treatment. Data points include self-report, other-report, assessment instruments, session transcripts, research journals, and physiological measures. Systematic treatment research and development methods (Bischoff, McKeel, Moon, & Sprenkle, 1996) resulted in a proposed treatment protocol. Emergent themes from a cross-case, grounded theory data analysis are presented. The data suggests the adjunct treatment provided some benefit both to participants and to the goals of standard sex offender-specific treatment. Implications for treatment providers, marriage and family therapy, and future research are discussed.

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