Relapse Prevention with an Offender Population



Relapse Prevention (RP), often interwoven with cognitive-behavioral techniques, is perhaps the most widely used treatment model in addictions. The model is also used with numerous other types of behaviors, including sex offending behavior. This episode provides an in-depth discussion on relapse prevention and its application to persons with histories of violent and criminal behavior.


This conversation focuses on:


  • Description of RP
  • How does RP differ with an offender population
  • RP’s adaptability to offender populations and the criminal justice system
  • With whom RP may not be appropriate
  • The benefits of developing trust to improve engagement & early identification of lapses
  • Matching vulnerabilities to level of treatment
  • Recognizing signs of relapse 

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Our artwork, Blocked Thoughts, was hand-painted by Steve Koonz’s daughter Jenn Koonz, Ph.D. It was then digitized with our logo by Steve K. Jenn’s work is used with her permission.

Our intro and outro music was written and produced by Adam Price. Adam’s father is Dr. Stephen Price–co-host of our show. Adam’s music was used with his permission.

This episode was recorded and produced by Steve Koonz.

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