Section 4: Treatment
2 Hours

Lecture Topic TOPIC: TREATMENT

Introduction

Use SlideUse Slide #1: Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders

As you are all aware, treatment is a key component of a comprehensive approach to juvenile sex offender management. So, over the next couple of hours, I am going to highlight some of the key issues involving treatment interventions for sexually abusive youth.

The goal of this component of the training is not to make specialized clinicians out of any of you, or to go into great detail about specific aspects of treatment. Rather, the aim is to provide you with a broad overview of treatment for these youth, and to give you a sense for some of the emerging research and practice relative to juvenile sex offender treatment.

Use SlideUse Slide #2: Key Topics for the Treatment Section

We will begin by discussing trends specifically related to the availability of specialized programs for juvenile sex offenders, as well as some changes that have occurred in the juvenile justice landscape that relate to rehabilitation overall. Then I will provide you with the “big picture” of what juvenile sex offender treatment often “looks like,” by highlighting the common goals of treatment and the underlying frameworks and modalities that are often used to help youth and their families achieve these goals. After that, we will review the areas that are typically targeted in juvenile sex offender treatment programs. Before wrapping up this section, I will draw your attention to some areas that pose challenges to practitioners in the field and, in some instances, are very controversial. And finally, we will end with a brief synopsis of some of the follow-up data and treatment outcome literature for sexually abusive youth.

Goals

At the end of this section of the curriculum, participants will be able to understand:

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