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Abstract: The application of the Good Lives Model to sex offenders on probation

In this workshop I draw from the recent book by Purvis, Ward and Shaw (2013) and apply the Good Lives Model to sex offenders on probation. I discuss the relationship between the GLM and desistance research and introduce some recently developed assessment tools that are designed to help with the analysis of individuals’ primary human goods and their good lives plans. I illustrate the application of the GLM and these tools to individuals by way of several case examples.


Tony Ward, PhD, DipClinPsyc, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Director at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He was director of the Kia Marama treatment center for sex in Christchurch, New Zealand and has taught clinical and forensic psychology at the Universities of Canterbury, Victoria, Melbourne, and Deakin. Professor Ward’s current research interests include offender rehabilitation and desistance, conceputal issues in risk assessment and management, restorative justice and ethical issues in forensic psychology, theoretical psychopathology, and cognition in offenders. He is the creator of the Good Lives Model of Offender rehabilitation and gives numerous workshop, keynote addresses, andconsultations around the world on this model. He has published over 360 academic articles and is an adjunct professor at the Universities of Birmingham and Kent.