It’s been a big week for sex abuse scandals: the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has suspended 21 priests – the largest mass suspension in church history – as a result of accusations involving inappropriate contact with minors.
Meanwhile victims groups have begun to say publicly that the Catholic Church should monitor accused priests the way the police track convicted sex offenders ... and create special housing for them.
Sexual violence is never permissible, yet lost in the discussion of these horrifying crimes is the question of rehabilitation. For the most part, the public assumption is that once a sex offender always a sex offender: rehabilitation is not possible.
It’s an understandable assumption – rehabilitation requires taking an offender seriously as a person: how can we do this with sex offenders, especially child abusers? How can we reach out to them to address their humanity, and human needs?
But there are horrifying consequences if this assumption is wrong. If sex offenders can be rehabilitated, then failure to do so not only is cruel to the offender, it puts more people at risk precisely because sex offenders remain untreated.
In fact, it is humanistic and existential therapy that has proven most effective in rehabilitating adult sex offenders – and it achieves this success precisely by relating to offenders as human beings.
In preliminary research (PDF) humanistic and existential psychology, utilized in the group therapy context, has proven successful in rehabilitating sex offenders.
According to the New York Times, many psychiatrists who know perfectly well that talk therapy is a better option for their patients are under the financial gun because insurance companies won’t pay for them to develop a relationship with the people they’re supposed to heal. The result is psychiatrists who treat hundreds of patients in 15 minute intervals, adjusting doses for people they don’t really know at all.
The story follows Dr. Donald Levin, a psychiatrist who has been in private practice for nearly 40 years, as he deals with the personal and professional struggle to provide care for his patients. He and his colleagues confront a number of issues:
The over reliance on pharmaceuticals
The need for therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists to be affordable to people of all incomes
The relationship between therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists and the insurance industry
All three of these issues have brought Dr. Levin and other psychiatrists to a place of having to choose between a long held tradition of talk therapy and the all mighty dollar. Generally they choose to follow the insurance companies’ lead.
Dan Booth Cohen, PhD ’09 will be Presenting at the Institute of Noetic Sciences 14th IONS Conference03/07/2011
Revisiting Slavery’s Legacy: What Would Healing Look Like?—Belvie Rooks, Thomas Norman DeWolf and Dan Booth Cohen, PhD Thomas Norman DeWolf was astounded to discover that he was descended from the most powerful slave-trading family in US history. Belvie Rooks stood in an Elmina slave dungeon in Ghana, trying to imagine what reaching the “door of no return” must have...
If you'd like local training in my approach to energy psychology called Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy please join my Tuesday morning training group, click here: http://www.bodymindhealing.com/images/stories/traininggroup_flyer.pdf, first session free. If you are interested in learning more about my invited presentation, Bodymind Healing in Psychotherapy: Towards an Integral Comprehensive...
Saybrook University Professor Eugene Taylor, PhD to Receive APA Division 32, 2011 Abraham Maslow Award03/07/2011
Eugene Taylor, PhD, Professor in the College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies at Saybrook University, is slated to receive the 2011 Abraham Maslow Award, given to an individual for an outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther reaches of the human spirit, from the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32) in the American Psychological Association. His award...
Richard Tarnas, PhD '76 and Glenn Perry, PhD '92 Have Featured Articles on the New AstrologyNewsService Website03/07/2011
Richard Tarnas, PhD '76 and Glenn Perry, PhD '92 both have featured articles on the new AstrologyNewsService website at: www.astrologynewsservice.com. The Tarnas article is: Astrology Study Predicted Middle East Uprising, and Perry's article is, Astrological Reflections on the State of the Union. Both deal with political developments. There is also an interview with Glenn Perry.
Glenn Perry, PhD '92 Announces TGI Certificate and Master’s Degree Program in Archetypal Cosmology and Conscious Evolution03/07/2011
Astrology’s Resurrection in Academia Astrological students and those who have never studied the subject before can enroll in a new Certificate and Master’s Degree Program in Archetypal Cosmology and Conscious Evolution that is being offered by The Graduate Institute (TGI) in Bethany, Connecticut. Archetypal cosmology is the study of correlations between cyclical alignments of the...
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Susan Tyburczy, PhD '08 Presents Workshop, Spatial Experience in Dreams at the Center for Remembering & Sharing, NY, NY03/07/2011
Spatial Experience in Dreams, Dr. Susan Tyburczy, Sunday, April 3 @ 3 p.m. This is the next IASD-NYC event, and we'll be back at the Center for Remembering & Sharing (CRS)123 4th Avenue, 2nd FL. (off Union Square). The focus will be an exploration of the space of the unconscious mind while dreaming, as reported to Susan by 28 dreamers in a research study that she conducted in fulfillment...
A Request for Papers from 4th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2011) and the 4th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics03/07/2011
We cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming 4th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing (CISP 2011) and the 4th International Conference on BioMedical Engineering and Informatics (BMEI 2011), to be jointly held from 15-17 October 2011, in Shanghai, China. Topics of the BMEI 2011 Special Track on Informatics include (but are not limited to): Communications and...