Another PhD study based on systematic case studies has been completed successfully! Ellen Gunst, psychologist and psychotherapist at a Belgian facility for the treatment of sex offenders, got her degree of Doctor of Psychology. Her thesis entitled 'Facilitating emotional change in sex offenders: Lost cause or necessity?’ was supervised by SCA board member Mattias Desmet. The body of the PhD consists of four mixed-methods case studies in which sex offenders were followed throughout their treatment process. The focus of the research is on the contribution of Emotion-Focused Therapy in changing emotion and emotion regulation in this hard-to-reach population. Two case studies are now published and two more are on their way:
Gunst, E., Watson, J, Willemsen, J., Desmet, M., Loeys, T., & Vanhooren, S. (2019). A quest for self-soothing: A systematic case study into emotion-focused therapy with an emotionally avoidant client who committed sexual offenses. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22906
Gunst, E., Willemsen, J., Desmet, M., Vanhooren, S., Loeys, T. & Watson, J. C. (2019). Into the wild, out of the woods: A systematic case study on facilitating emotional change. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 63, 2586-2610. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X19866977
PhD, case study, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Emotion, Emotion regulation,
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