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NY: Polygraph Therapy Faces Scrutiny in Child Porn Case

After a critical hearing in New York, a spotlight is taking shape on the utility of “therapeutic polygraphs,” a treatment the U.S. probation system has used for decades on sex offenders. Full Article

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  1. Timmr

    The polygraph is a tool to reinforce the parent/child relationship between therapist/patient. The test is presented to patient as infallable and the patient is presumed to be devious. This is a method used in brainwashing. It doesn’t belong in a in an institution that claims to heal.

  2. It's not real (or helpful)

    NY I have been “very discretely” threatened with the polygraph & given the run around (lied to) about the results. The therapy that I am in is an extention of State Supervision & it pretty much does not matter how well you do or if one progresses.

  3. AlexO

    The poly industry are just like all those other lobbyists. They use false data and narrative to get these contracts. It has nothing to do with actual treatment. My country started doing “maintenance” polygraphs this year after the board was convinced by a poly representative that this is a good thing. Our therapy’s group director and other counselors hate it for the exact reasons outlined in the article. Beyond the issue of trust, it’s an incredible financial burden for many of those on probation. The poly costs about $400 and is not covered by probation (if someone is on parole, any and all costs associated with the program are paid by the state but those on probation have to cover the full cost themselves which is incredibly difficult for those that are homeless and/or are already skipping meals. Our program will run a person about $10,000 over 3 years, and this is before the cost of these poly’s).

    I think the general problem is that law enforcement is looking for exact facts. They want it in black and white on the person progression and think tools like this will give them that info. While the actual therapists know this process is fluid and trust is fundamental (the good ones at least; my god are there a lot of sham programs around the country that some counties use. Our country used to have one “therapist” who run a program on basically prayer. As in “pray the pedo away” prayer). Some people have a genuine attraction to minors and it’s not something you can cure. But a willing patient and a good therapist can help the person recognize that and help build a relapse prevention plan. Forced poly’s hurt this. A lot.

  4. Michael

    “’If it’s not a sexual compulsion, we’re not talking polygraph at all,’ Berrill said, clarifying that he does not use test for drug addicts or compulsive robbers.”

    If a drug test is the appropriate test for a drug addict, how is a polygraph appropriate for a sex offender? Shouldn’t the test be sex related? 😛

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  5. It's not real (or helpful)

    Ny therapists are not against the polygraph. They are crafty and speak out of both sides of their mouth, “against” it when It fits their agenda. These Therapists are in the room near by and are probobly viewing the polygraph session live through the video feed that is in place. IT’s Easy to picture them eating it up, licking their chops AND another day/way to get paid. Even if Ny hired therapists are not against the polygraph, the many conflicts of interest are huge. Trust is an illusion. Ny sex offender therapists are an Extention of State Supervision reminding of Restrictions Halloween etc And Probation Officers Enter The Therapy Room . .Trust is an illusion. Ny sex offender therapists are an Extention of State Supervision reminding of Restrictions Halloween etc And Probation Officers Enter The Therapy Room . .Trust is an illusion.

  6. former human guinea pig

    If you really want to see egregious use of the polygraph test, look at how Sharper Future uses it.

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