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Jill D. Stinson

and Judith V. Becker

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date: 16 January 2021

Tony Ward’s commentary on our case study of pedophilia and the application of empirical science to this challenging case begins by noting the empirical and theory-driven approach taken in the treatment of John Smith. Ward makes three observations upon which we would like to comment. First, John has been in treatment for a long time, as was necessitated by the multitude of his mental health and other needs, requiring intervention prior to placement in a less restrictive treatment environment. That he was in treatment for a lengthy duration and made only modest progress does not always imply treatment failure, but could be a reflection of the complexity of his psychiatric, social support, interpersonal, medical, risk management, and sex offender treatment needs....

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