Section 1: Introduction
1 Hour

Lecture TopicTOPIC: INTRODUCTION

Use SlideUse Slide #1: The Effective Management of Juvenile Sex Offenders in the Community

This curriculum is intended to provide a wide variety of practitioners—including supervision officers, treatment providers, victim advocates, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement officials, and others among you who work with juvenile sex offenders—with an overview of important components related to the effective management of these youth in the community.

As a framework for the training, we will consider these components through the lens of what has been termed “The Comprehensive Approach to Sex Offender Management,”1 which includes the assessment process, specialized treatment approaches, supervision strategies, reentry considerations, and legislative trends such as registration and community notification.

We will also approach these various components from a developmental perspective, recognizing that youth who commit sex offenses are not simply “little adults.” As such, the intent of this training curriculum is to help you to understand what we know about these youth—including some of the key differences between adult and juvenile sex offenders—and what the implications are for how we can most effectively assess, treat, supervise, and otherwise manage them, all with a goal of ensuring that these youth can be successful, healthy, and productive contributors to the community. Successful youth translates into safer communities.

Use SlideUse Slide #2: Key Points

To make sure that we are all on the same page about the youth we will be talking about in this curriculum, I want to outline a few key points:

Use SlideUse Slides #3–4: Goals of the Curriculum
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Goals

Consistent with the overall framework, then, the goals of this training curriculum are to provide an overview of:

Use SlideUse Slide #5: Overview of the Curriculum

In order to attain these goals, this training curriculum is organized into the following sections:

Before we launch into our substantive discussions, let’s take some time to get acquainted with one another and to learn a little bit about the work that each of us does every day.

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