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E-Health-Apps for the risk-assessment and treatment of child abusers 

Peter Fromberger

 

E-Mental-Health Apps became more and more important in the treatment of mentally ill persons within the last years. Despite the good empirical evidence for their efficacy in general psychiatry and psychotherapy, E-Mental-Health Apps in the context of forensic psychiatry are sparse. This plenary overview current developments and research using the example of virtual reality and web-based apps. Furthermore, their possible benefit for risk assessment and treatment of men who committed sexual offenses against children will be discussed. 

 

Peter Fromberger, Ph.D. is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Human Medical Center Göttingen, Clinic-for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy – Forensic Psychiatry, Germany. Peter’s doctoral thesis examined the possibilities to detect deviant pedosexual interests based on eye-movements. Peter received the Eberhard-Schorsch-Award of the German Association for Sexual Research (DGfS) and the award for Empirical  Research in Forensic Psychiatry of the German Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (DGPPN) for his thesis. His post-doc research comprises the usability of digital techniques (Virtual Reality, web-based interventions) in the context of sexual deviancy.