Overview

This curriculum provides information and materials (lecture content, presentation slides, handouts, and references) designed to equip knowledgeable trainers to plan and deliver a training on the management of juvenile sex offenders in the community. For a very quick preview of all the contents of this curriculum, click on the site map. From this map, users can access any part of the curriculum that is of interest to them.

This curriculum will provide an overview of the critical issues related to juvenile sex offender management, including the key differences between adult and juvenile sex offenders and the ways in which juvenile sex offenders can most effectively be managed—and when appropriate, successfully reintegrated into—the community. The curriculum will also explore some of the current legal and legislative issues that are impacting juvenile sex offenders today.

All of the materials contained in this curriculum can also be reviewed and accessed in an easy–to–print format at the Download Center.

Issues and Cautions for Users

Perhaps the most important caution for anyone planning this training is to remember that this is an opportunity for adult learning. Participants bring to trainings extensive knowledge and rich sets of experiences that affect how they process the information that is provided. Therefore, users of the materials in this curriculum should not conduct events with only lectures. Instead, trainers are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of the exercises and discussion questions that are provided, as participants take away much more useful and practical information when they have opportunities to engage faculty members and their colleagues in discussions that relate to the material that is presented to their own and their agencies’ work.

Other important issues and cautions relate to the qualifications of trainers, the use of a team training approach that includes a number of disciplines and agencies, and the importance of adapting the curriculum to address the specific needs and questions of the audience.

User's Guide

The User's Guide previews the icons and notations used throughout the curriculum, and introduces a number of training techniques and strategies that may be helpful for trainers.

References

This link will lead you to a comprehensive list of the publications referenced throughout this curriculum.

Evaluation Form

This curriculum includes an evaluation form that can be used to assess how well the training that is provided using this curriculum achieves its goals. If users modify or tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of their audiences, they are encouraged to adapt the evaluation form they use to reflect the changes they make.

Acknowledgments

This curriculum was authored by Dr. Kurt Bumby, Leilah Gilligan, and Tom Talbot of the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM). Oluwole Okunseinde and Rachel West of CSOM were responsible for developing participant materials and converting the curriculum into CD–ROM and Web–based formats. CSOM would also like to express its thanks to Dr. John Hunter and Scott Matson, who made contributions to sections of an earlier version of this curriculum.  We also thank Dr. Judith Becker of the University of Arizona, Ian Curley of the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Judge Deanne Darling of the 5th Judicial District of Oregon, and Dr. John Hunter of the University of Virginia for their thoughtful review of this material.