Tailoring the Curriculum
Adding local information. The material in each section of this curriculum can be strengthened by the addition of locally assembled information. Section 1 will benefit from information on sexual assault statistics, specific definitions in state law, and how to access other local services and resources. You should assemble information about local resources for sexual assault prevention and for crisis intervention and advocacy. Be sure to contact local sexual assault programs, child advocacy centers, and the like so you can provide meeting participants with a handout or flyer that provides names, contact information, and the types of services that can be accessed in your community. In particular, you should be sure to provide the audience with local and statewide hotline numbers. Section 2 requires the integration of information on local notification laws and practices, along with specific information on the offender or offenders who are the subject of notification. Sections 3 and 4 are only useful, of course, if the agencies using the materials are seeking to better inform citizens about local practices regarding the management of sex offenders in the community, and are seeking their support and assistance. In either case, the materials will need to be tailored with local information to make them relevant and useful.
Whatever local information that you gather for the meeting should be prepared in handout form so that participants can take information away with them after the meeting.
The time available for training. Most community meetings are of limited duration-an hour or two. This curriculum is written to be delivered in a total of 2 hours and 20 minutes:
- 55 minutes for Section 1 (What Community Members Need to Know about Sexual Assault and Sex Offenders);
- 30 minutes for Section 2 (Conducting a Community Notification);
- 30 minutes for Section 3 (Managing Sex Offenders); and
- 25 minutes for Section 4 (The Role of the Community)
If time is limited or if you are attempting to cover all of the material contained in the curriculum, the four sections can be shortened by covering topics briefly and distributing the handout materials contained herein to participants to take away with them. If the curriculum's handouts are supplemented with contact information for the trainers or other local resources, participants might follow up (by phone or email) with them after the meeting.
Alternatively, if you are planning a series of meetings on these topics, the sections can be lengthened with the addition of more time for participant discussion and questions. Using this approach, each section of the curriculum might be covered at a separate meeting on a different occasion.
The number of participants. Much of the curriculum can be delivered in lecture style, supplemented by exercises, and discussion. As such, it can be presented to large groups of several hundred participants or to audiences as small as ten. It is strongly recommended, however, that regardless of the number involved in training, provisions be made for questions and answers.