New Resource: National Survey of Sanctioning Practices for Student Sexual Misconduct at Institutions of Higher Education
The Center for Effective Public Policy's Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) has partnered with the University of Michigan's Office of Student Conflict Resolution and Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and the Association for Student Conduct Administration to develop a National Survey of Sanctioning Practices for Student Sexual Misconduct at Institutions of Higher Education. This effort was designed to provide information regarding the sanctioning practices being utilized in student sexual misconduct cases at institutions of higher education nationwide. Click here to review a summary of the research project and our key findings. A full report discussing the findings and proposed recommendations will be available after April 1st.
New Resource: Building a Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management in Tribal Jurisdictions: An Action Guide
This Action Guide was designed to assist tribal jurisdictions to improve and strengthen their practice with respect to sex offender management in Indian Country. This resource is centered around the Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management, a framework that was designed for jurisdictions to consider when building an informed, integrated set of sex offender management policies and practices to promote victim and community safety. This Action Guide was developed to allow tribes to consider the steps that could be undertaken in order to implement a comprehensive sex offender management system while recognizing the unique cultural norms, traditions, and values that guide responses to crimes; the potential for limited resources and capacity with respect to law enforcement, victim advocacy and services, treatment programming, community supervision, and monitoring; complex jurisdictional issues relative to federal, state, local, and tribal entities; and other challenges that may be present in Indian Country. Specifically, this guide will provide users with an overview of the Comprehensive Approach and its fundamental principles, and a description of each of its key elements that should be considered by tribal leaders and practitioners as they consider implementing a strategic approach to managing sex offenders in their communities. Click here to access this new resource.
Now Available:Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Site Reports Available from NIJ
Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) is a restorative justice-based reentry program for high-risk sex offenders with little or no pro-social support. This report outlines an evaluability assessment of COSA across five sites to clarify program intent, explore program reality, examine program data capacity, analyze program fidelity, and propose potential evaluation designs for future evaluation. The authors conducted site visits to five locations that deliver or intend to deliver COSA programs in the United States: Fresno, CA; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Lancaster, PA; and Burlington, VT.
During these visits, they interviewed key program personnel and other stakeholders and collected documented material related to COSA policies and procedures. They then analyzed the collected data using a fidelity item measurement tool. The authors identified five potential obstacles to conducting a successful experimental evaluation of COSA: choice of outcomes; significant differences in program implementation; core member selection issues; sample size, site capacity, and low baselines of recidivism; and ownership of data.
Also view the individual site reports:
These reports are the results of NIJ-funded projects but were not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Now Available: Vermont Assessment of Sex Offender Risk-2 (VASOR-2)
The Vermont Assessment of Sex Offender Risk-2 (VASOR-2) is designed to assess risk among convicted adult male sex offenders. It is composed of a 12-item Reoffense Risk Scale and a 4-item Severity Factors Checklist. The Reoffense Risk Scale is statistically derived and is designed to assess risk for sexual and violent recidivism. The Severity Factors Checklist is clinically derived and is designed to describe the severity of sex offenses. The VASOR-2 can be used in conjunction with the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) as part of a static and dynamic risk assessment scheme. View the manual
Now Available: Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS)
The Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) is a 16-item dynamic measure designed to aid clinicians, correctional caseworkers, and probation and parole officers in assessing risk, treatment and supervision needs, and progress among adult male sex offenders. The SOTIPS can be used as part of a static and dynamic risk assessment scheme, either with the Vermont Assessment of Sex Offender Risk-2 (VASOR-2) or Static-99R. View the manual
CSOM and Partners Funded by OVW to Build Collaboratives Among Advocacy and Treatment Communities
The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), and the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) receive funding from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to Build Collaboratives Among Victim Advocacy and Sex Offender Treatment Communities
CSOM is pleased to announce its partnership with ATSA, NSVRC, and the RSP to develop training and assistance for state sexual assault coalitions and/or local community rape crisis centers on building collaborative partnerships between victim advocates and sex offender-management professionals and the role of sexual assault victim advocates in the context of sex offender management. This effort represents an important step toward bridging identified gaps and needs with an overarching goal of enhancing community capacity to jointly address sexual victimization. The project is funded by the generous support of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Visit the CSOM Web site for updates about this exciting new effort!
CSOM to Develop Training on Victim-Responsive Approaches to Sex Offender Supervision
The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), and the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) receive funding from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to Develop Training on Implementing Victim-Responsive Sex Offender Supervision Approaches
This project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, will provide specialized assistance and support to probation agencies and officers responsible for supervising sex offenders. Specifically, this exciting effort will deliver targeted on- and off-site training on understanding and incorporating victim-centeredness into probation practices; provide on- and off-site TA to assist probation officers with the practical application of a victim-centered approach to sex offender management; and create tools and resources that can be used to raise awareness, increase knowledge, and guide probation practices that are victim-centered. Visit the CSOM Web site for updates about this exciting new initiative!
Six Day Certificate Course for Offense Specific Practitioners: "Treatment of Sexually Abusive Youth: A Goal Oriented Approach"
This coursework is designed to provide a solid theoretical framework and practical skills for goal-oriented intervention strategies in the management and treatment of sexually abusive youth. A developmental-contextual approach is stressed which emphasizes growth and development as the vehicle for offense specific change. Designed for practicing counselors and clinicians, the course builds on traditional diagnostic and counseling theory to address a uniquely troubled and troubling client population. Counselors new to this subspecialty will benefit from the instructor's 25 years experience in research and practice with sexually abusive youth, while experienced specialists will be challenged to re-examine and articulate their beliefs about the work they are doing and become aware of new developments in the field. The struggles and dynamics of the treatment process are illustrated through the use of videotaped group sessions involving 11-17 year old males. The implications of the coursework in evaluation and treatment of younger children at risk or exhibiting abusive behaviors are discussed. To register, click here.
Training for Trainers: Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Prevention of Sexually Abusive Behaviors In Childhood and Adolescence
This event provides three, eight hour days of extensive trainer training, to prepare participants to replicate a variety of related workshops for professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents. This event combines previously useful curriculum into one comprehensive package. Trainers are provided with curricula, visual aids, and certificates to document their hours of training and to authorize their replication of handout materials. Application is required and is reviewed to identify candidates who can reasonably provide training for others: early childhood educators, caregivers, mental health and child welfare providers, as well as those working with juveniles who have sexually offended. To register, click here.
CSOM and NJC Partner to Deliver Training and TA to Judges and their Partners
With funding from the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Sex Offender Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) through its FY2011 Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management Training and Technical Assistance Program, The National Judicial College (NJC) and the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) are very pleased to announce the availability of training and technical assistance to courts and their partners as a means of enhancing sex offender management efforts within the Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) model. This assistance will be offered in the forms of:
- Multi-disciplinary training events to be provided in local jurisdictions regarding the Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) model; and
- Targeted technical assistance to address specific issues in order to support the efforts of the courts and their partners in enhancing sex offender management efforts.
The training and technical assistance will be conducted during 2013 and 2014. Because resources are limited, sites will be selected on a competitive basis.
The project is seeking ten jurisdictions – to be selected through a competitive process – to receive a (one day) multidisciplinary training event on sex offender management. These training events are anticipated to occur between August 2013 and August 2014. Any state, county, or tribal jurisdiction that is interested in enhancing judicial decision making and the justice system's responses to these challenging cases is eligible to apply for this assistance. Ideally, applicants would be from courts who were previously represented at one of the three NJC regional training events for judges, but all courts are welcome to apply. Applications must be received no later than July 12, 2013 in order to be considered for a training event in 2013. Applicants seeking training in 2014 must apply by December 31, 2013. The application can be found here: http://www.judges.org/smart/pdf/CSOM-training-application.pdf. Please contact Leilah Gilligan, CSOM Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CSOM and NJC will also deliver technical assistance directed to courts and criminal justice professionals interested in improving their management of and skills critical to achieving successful outcomes with sex offense cases. Here are some examples of the areas in which we would anticipate delivering TA:
- Exploring key decision points in court processing of sex offense cases and the ways in which quality specialized assessments can inform judicial decision-making and post-sentencing decisions;
- Assisting judges in gaining a practical understanding of contemporary management strategies and the ways in which sentencing decisions, including imposing specialized conditions, can support post-sentencing management on a case-by-case basis;
- Establishing collaborative multidisciplinary teams that include the judiciary, other court representatives, and probation/parole personnel, treatment providers, and other stakeholders outlined in the Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) model;
- Obtaining an understanding of sex offense courts as an specialized strategy, and the processes associated with implementing them;
- Assessing local sex offender management policies and practices, with an emphasis on the courts and probation/parole agencies, to determine strengths, gaps, and needs;
- Prioritizing identified challenges (e.g., less than optimal collaboration, limited use of sex offender-specific risk assessment tools to inform judicial decision-making, non-specialized supervision conditions); and
- Developing action plan(s) to facilitate alignment of sex offender management policies and practices with research-supported and promising approaches.
For more information about how to apply, see: http://www.judges.org/smart/. Applications for TA will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, email Leilah Gilligan, CSOM Project Manager, at email@example.com.
Answers to questions about recent child sexual abuse cases: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) have collaborated to provide answers to commonly asked questions that have surfaced as a result of recent high profile child sexual assault cases. For more information, click here
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