Hopeful Paths
Prosocial Approaches to Changing Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Barbara K. Schwartz, Ph.D. and Henry R. Cellini, Ph.D.

This guided workbook is designed for individuals who have had problems with sexually inappropriate behavior. This may have resulted in criminal convictions, civil lawsuits, or loss of relationships, jobs, or status within the community. Inappropriate sexual behavior can range from downloading illegal pornography to violent sexual assaults. When a person is accused of some type of sexual misconduct, there can be many responses. One might readily admit guilt and take full responsibility or one might totally deny the charge. Most commonly the response is somewhere in between. An individual may admit that something happened but disagree with the nature of the behavior, the frequency, the degree of force. The behavior of the victim might be challenged. There are as many different explanations of why people act out sexually as there are offenders. The aim of Hopeful Paths is to help individuals in treatment separate and understand the legitimate dynamics of their behavior from explanations that might make them feel better but interfere with helping acknowledge and thus correct harmful behavior.

Hopeful Paths helps offenders prepare for the treatment experience, enables new members of treatment groups to quickly catch up with concepts already familiar to existing members, and is an excellent screening tool for identifying offenders most likely to respond to treatment.

This comprehensive self-guided program for sex offender treatment offers:

  • An integrative approach that supports a range of treatment modalities including behavioral, cognitive, addiction, psychodynamic and relapse prevention.
  • Highly interactive format gets patients actively involved in their own treatment.
  • Accessible reading level—ideal for low-literacy and special needs offenders, adults and juveniles.
  • Tested, refined and proved effective with thousands of offenders.
  • Time- and cost-saving way to prepare offenders for group or intensive therapy, or supplement treatment.
  • Facilitator's Guide helps you conduct well-planned, productive group sessions
  • Special savings when you order multiple copies.

“The authors of this workbook have over seventy years of combined experience working with sex offenders in a variety of capacities. During that time we have seen the vast majority of these individuals go on to lead happy and productive lives. Thus we have chosen the title of this work, Hopeful Paths. The Integrative Model formulated by Dr. Schwartz addresses the many different components that come together to create a sex offense.  It is designed to help individuals to develop a variety of tools which can help them fulfill their basic human needs in a prosocial way with no need to resort to hurting others.”— Dr. Barbara K. Schwartz and Dr. Henry R. Cellini

“Schwartz and Cellini’s Hopeful Paths covers many criminogenic need areas, including methods to challenge offense-supportive myths, healthy relationships, distress tolerance and lifestyle changes. It also addresses some often-neglected topics such as understanding trauma and healthy sexuality. And Hopeful Paths avoids common pitfalls that plague many other therapy workbooks by providing a facilitator’s guide which includes instructions on how to incorporate experiential exercises into the curriculum. Even therapists who are not usually fans of ‘workbook therapy’ will likely want to borrow some of the exercises in this book to incorporate into a comprehensive sex offender treatment program.”— Dr. Anita Schlank, Editor, The Sexual Predator

Related Publications:
Hopeful Paths Facilitator's Guide

Sex Offender Law Report
Handbook of Sex Offender Treatment




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Format: Paperback Book
© MMXVIII 206 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-939083-13-5
Price: US $39.95
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Product Code: HP

Facilitator's Guide



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