Use of Films in Treatment Program

The use of popular films in a comprehensive treatment program for sex offenders can be helpful and therapeutic. The following lists were compiled by CPC from various clinical professionals throughout the country who have used these videos in their programs. We recommend that every film be viewed prior to it’s use with any particular group to ensure the selected movie’s applicability and appropriateness.

Themes of Sexual Abuse

  • The Woodsman
  • Little Children
  • North Country
  • Just Melvin, just evil
  • Bastard out of Carolina
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Once Were Warriors (abuse family)
  • Boys of St. Vincent
  • Twist of faith
  • HBO’s Life stories: families in crisis
  • Sister I’m Sorry

Other Topics

  • Ground Hog Day
  • The Good Son
  • Imaginary Heroes
  • End of the spear
  • Hotel Rwanda (domestic strife, survival, war)
  • Coach Carter

Family Violence

  • Antoine Fisher
  • Domestic Disturbance
  • Good Will Hunting

Other Family Themes

  • Akeelah and the Bee (family struggles, single parent)
  • Dead Poets Society
  • House of ‘D’
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Whale rider
  • Radio
  • I am Sam
  • He got game (therapeutic theme, cultural, values, family issues)