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Section 1: Overview

TOPIC: Introduction

  • Learning Objectives
  • Learning Activity: Introductions of Faculty and Participants
30 min.
TOPIC: The Need for a Training Curriculum on the Management of Sex Offenders in the Community

  • The Presence of Sex Offenders in the Community
  • Consequences to the Victim and the Community of Reoffense
  • Goals of this Curriculum
10 min.
TOPIC: Organization of the Training

  • Training Segments
10 min.
TOPIC: Victims of Sexual Assault

  • Introduction
  • Who are the Victims of Sex Offenses?
  • Consequences of Sexual Assault
  • Why is this Information about Victims Relevant to Your Work?
40 min.
TOPIC: Sex Offenders

  • Who Are Sex Offenders?
  • What Do Sex Offenders Do?
  • Typology of Sex Offenders
45 min.
TOPIC: An Emerging Approach to Sex Offender Supervision

  • Challenges and Responses
  • Learning Activity: Collaboration
  • Learning Activity: Reviewing Implications
60 min.
TOPIC: Summary

  • Learning Activity: Case Study
  • Closing
30 min.

Section 2: Innovative Approaches to Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community

TOPIC: Introduction

  • Learning Objectives
5 min.
TOPIC: A Victim-Centered Approach to Supervision

  • Introduction
  • A Victim Perspective at the Policy Level
  • A Victim Perspective at the Case Management Level
  • Innovative Example
  • Learning Activity: Considering a Victim-Centered Approach
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
60 min.
TOPIC: A Collaborative Approach to Sex Offender Management

  • Understanding Collaboration
  • Learning Activity: Community Mapping
  • Why is Collaboration Important for Managing Sex Offenders?
  • Collaborative Team Activities
  • Maintaining a Collaborative Approach
  • An Essential Arena for Collaboration: The Relationship Between Supervision, Treatment, and Victim Advocacy
  • Roles of the Supervision Team Members
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
  • The Containment Approach: Supervision, Treatment, and the Polygraph
  • Cautions About Overlapping Roles
2 hr., 30 min.
TOPIC: The Management Team Redefined--Networks of Supervision

  • Networks of Supervision
10 min.
TOPIC: Summary

10 min.

Section 3: Components of Supervision: Specialized Approaches to Managing Sex Offenders

TOPIC: Introduction

  • Learning Objectives
  • Introduction of Learning Activities
5 min.
TOPIC: Relapse Prevention as a Framework for Supervision

  • A Cognitive-Behavioral Model
  • Offense Cycle
20 min.
TOPIC: Caseload Organization: Specialization

  • Specialization as a Practice
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
20 min.
TOPIC: The Pre-sentence Investigation (PSI)

  • What is a Pre-sentence Investigation?
  • Documents Essential for the PSI
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
  • Interviews Conducted for the PSI
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
  • Interviews, cont.
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
  • Learning Activity: Sexual History
  • Interviews, cont.
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
2 hrs., 15 min.
TOPIC: Sex Offender Assessment

  • Sex Offender Assessment by Probation/Parole
  • Identification of Risk Factors
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
  • Assessing the Probability of Reoffense
  • Sex Offender-Specific Risk Assessment Instruments
  • Learning Activity: RRASOR
  • Interpreting the RRASOR Score
60 min.
TOPIC: Classification

  • Classification: Risk and Resources
  • Example of a Classification Tool
15 min.
TOPIC: Pre-sentence Investigation Recommendations

  • Introduction
  • Level of Risk to the Community
  • Amenability to Treatment
  • Victim Impact and Safety
  • Conditions of Supervision
15 min.
TOPIC: Developing and Monitoring Conditions of Supervision

  • Sex Offender-Specific Conditions
  • Using Special Conditions as Tools to Manage Risk
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
  • Applying Standard Sex Offense Conditions
  • Effective Monitoring of the Conditions
  • Taking Appropriate Action when Violations Occur
  • Amending Conditions of Supervision Based on New Information
50 min.
TOPIC: The Case Plan

  • Introduction
  • Involvement of the Offender
  • Changes in the Plan
  • Information in the Plan
  • Controlling the Environment
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
  • Involving the Offender in Appropriate Treatment
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing, and Electronic Monitoring
  • Learning Activity: Case Study
30 min.
TOPIC: Maintaining the Case File

  • Importance of Documentation in Sex Offender Management
  • Perspectives on the Importance of the Case File
15 min.
TOPIC: Statutory Requirements for Community Notification, Registration, and DNA Testing

10 min.
TOPIC: Lengthening Periods of Supervision and Authorizing Lifetime Supervision

5 min.
TOPIC: Surveillance

5 min.
TOPIC: Summary

25 min.

Section 4: Sex Offender Specific Treatment in the Context of Supervision

TOPIC: Introduction

  • Learning Objectives
2 min.
TOPIC: Effectiveness of Sex Offender Treatment

  • Review of the Research
10 - 15 min.
TOPIC: Sex Offender Treatment

  • Distinctions from Other Types of Treatment
  • Learning Activity: Discussion Questions
  • What Comprises Sex Offender Treatment
  • Learning Activity: Discussion Questions
  • Methods of Treatment
  • Evaluating Progress in Treatment
60 - 70 min.
TOPIC: What to Expect in a Sex Offender Treatment Provider

  • Common Philosophy of Sex Offender Treatment
  • Evaluating Treatment Providers
15 min.
TOPIC: Collaboration Between Probation/Parole Supervision and Treatment

  • Collaboration Activities
  • Learning Activity: Discussion Questions
20 - 25 min.
TOPIC: Summary

3 min.

Section 5: Practical Supervision Strategies

TOPIC: Introduction

  • Learning Objectives
5 min.
TOPIC: Desensitization

  • What Does it Mean to be Desensitized?
5 min.
TOPIC: Maintaining Control of Interactions

  • Techniques and Strategies
  • Learning Activity: Techniques and Strategies
30 min.
TOPIC: Initial Interviewing

  • Techniques and Strategies
20 min.
TOPIC: Handling Denial

  • Denial
  • Techniques and Strategies
  • Learning Activity: Role Play
60 min.
TOPIC: Being Prepared for What to Expect

  • Common Behaviors of Sex Offenders
20 min.
TOPIC: Managing Intrafamilial Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

  • Challenges for Officers
10 min.
TOPIC: Case Work in Various Settings

  • Effective Use of Contacts
20 min.
TOPIC: Eliciting the Cooperation of Offenders

5 min.
TOPIC: Dealing with Lapses

  • Expecting Lapses and Responding Effectively
15 min.
TOPIC: Testifying in Court

  • Scenarios
  • Requirements
  • Learning Activity: Discussion Questions
30 min.
TOPIC: Preventing and Dealing with Secondary Trauma

  • What is Secondary Trauma?
  • How can Secondary Trauma be Addressed?
20 min.
TOPIC: Summary

  • Learning Activity: Work Planning
  • Conclusion
30 min.