If you or someone you know has been struggling with unwanted sexual urges, or has committed a sexual offence, we are able to help.
On this page:
- Child-related Sex Offender Treatment
- Pre-offender treatment/Sexual attraction to minors
- Pornography and Sex Addiction
- Sexual Identity
- Forensic Assessments and Reports
Child-related Sex Offender Treatment
The Men Taking Responsibility© program is designed for men over 18 years of age who have offended or who believe they may offend against children. Group and individual treatment is available.
Aims of the Program
- To protect the community from sexually abusive behaviour
- To help reduce the risk of reoffending
- To help repair damage perpetrated on children by sexual and other abusive behaviour
- To help families affected by child abuse to respond to the impact on their lives and to make appropriate decisions that are in the best interest of the children.
The basic philosophy of the program is sustained by the following four principles:
Justice: The first priority of treatment is justice for the child and the child’s family.
Accountability: Sex offenders who enter this program must be willing to be accountable for their behaviour. Justice requires that sex offenders face the legal and social consequences of their actions.
Support: Support is provided to enable the offender to follow through on the requirements of accountability. A tough love approach is taken to encourage offenders in growth towards wholeness.
Change: The sex offender must be committed to changing all abusive behaviours. Developing new behaviour patterns demonstrates evidence of change.
While the program is run on Christian principles it is open to men regardless of race, creed, religion or sexual orientation.
The treatment focuses on eight areas:
- Accepting responsibility for abusive behaviours
- Developing an accountability network of carefully selected people who help with recovery
- Changing thinking patterns that contributed to the offense
- Developing empathy for children and others
- Controlling sexual arousal patterns
- Improving social skills
- Developing a self-management plan by identifying and learning how to avoid high-risk situations
- Developing awareness of the interrelatedness and sacredness of all persons
The program can be delivered either in a group or individually depending on what is best therapeutically for the individual.
Group: A weekly 2-hour treatment group. Every effort is made to develop a safe group where men are respected and provided with a chance to change, grow and learn from one another and the facilitators. The group is facilitated by two clinicians
Individual: Fortnightly sessions are conducted.
The Program is oversighted by Graeme Randall:
I primarily work in the area of treatment and assessment of men who have committed child sex offences. I have a fully inclusive faith and theology which informs my approach to working with people. This is reflected in my passion and work towards full-equality and inclusion of all people – regardless of race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, or religion. I have a passion for working with people in the LGBTIQ+ community – particularly those who are HIV+, have a history of religious abuse, or who generally struggle with sexuality and related issues – as well as those working through issues of addiction. I am a member of the Australian New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA) and an Associate Member of the NSW Child Sexual Offenders Accreditation Scheme (CSOCAS).
– Graeme Randall – Psychologist Master of Professional Psychology, BSc(Psych)(HonsClass1), ADipMin(Salvation Army), Cert IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs(Counselling), AMAPS
Provider No 5877631J
Associate Member CSOCAS
History of the group: The group was developed and initiated by Rev. Dr. Peter Powell – a Uniting Church Minister and a registered psychologist in Australia who pioneered the program in 1995 with men referred from churches. He has presented papers at conferences on the issue of religious belief among sex offenders and the nature of shame and empathy as a critical variable in sex offender treatment. Dr. Powell is a clinical member with the NSW Commission for Children and Young People (Adult sex offenders) and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Treatment of Sex Abuse.
- Download the full COMPLETE PROTOCOL 2017 (pdf file)
- Rev Dr Peter Powell is featured on The Spirit of Things on ABC RN. The audio is available here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/spiritofthings/spiritual-care-for-sex-offenders/8617000
Just click Listen Now or Download.
Please contact us for program information and locations.
Phone: 02 9683 3664
Phone: 0418 529 458
Pre-offender treatment/Sexual attraction to minors
Some people experience sexually arousing fantasies or sexual urges or are worried that they may carry out behaviours involving sexual activity with a minor.
At PCI we can offer treatment for these worrying feelings or thoughts before they become behaviours which cause significant harm. We follow a similar approach to the steps described in our treatment program above.
What’s the Difference between a Sex Offender and a Paedophile?
Whilst some people who commit sexual offences against minors are paedophiles, child sexual offenders are not necessarily paedophiles.
Paedophilia is a particular diagnosis within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-5). As such, there are specific criteria required to be met before making such a diagnosis. Among these criteria is a primary and/or predominant sexual interest in pre-pubescent individuals – approximately thirteen years and younger – (male and/or female).
A child sexual offender is a person who for a variety of reasons, has committed a sexual offence against a minor – not necessarily because there is a predominant sexual interest in children.
There are many common misperceptions about child sex offenders. Further information can be found at https://www.aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi429
Pornography and Sex Addiction
Download the article Pornography: Providing Accountability and Support by Rev. Dr. Peter Powell (pdf file)
Some people find the way they engage in sexual behaviour to be problematic in a similar way to those who identify as having an Alcohol, Drug, or Gambling addiction. This may include accessing pornography, seeking casual sexual encounters, or any other sexual behaviour.
Despite their best efforts to control their sexual behaviour, they find their behaviour becoming more and more destructive, both to themselves and their relationships.
At PCI, we work with those who both recognise this destructive behaviour and desire to change.
Sexual identity forms part of our wider understanding of our identity. For various reasons – such as negative experiences, our culture, our family of origin and religion – we can have difficulty understanding and accepting this aspect of our identity. This can cause significant distress and lead to unhelpful coping behaviours that create additional problems.
At PCI, we can walk this journey of understanding our sexuality with you.
Forensic Assessments and Reports
PCI offers the following comprehensive forensic assessments and reports:
- Child sex offence risk assessment
- Working with Children risk assessment
- Court reports for Child sex offences
Please contact the office for more information.
Phone: 02 9683 3664
Phone: 0418 529 458