Curriculum Content

The following is a preview of the content in the curriculum's five sections:

Section 1—Introduction

This section articulates the goals and learning objectives of the training curriculum as a whole, outlines the content of the curriculum, and provides an opportunity for participants to meet one another and discuss some of the most challenging aspects of their collective work.

Section 2—Understanding Secondary Trauma in the Management of Sex Offenders

This section defines secondary trauma in the context of sex offender management, differentiates secondary trauma from burnout and vicarious trauma, and explains why those in the field of sex offender management may be particularly susceptible to secondary trauma.

Section 3— Recognizing Secondary Trauma in the Management of Sex Offenders

This section outlines some of the components or aspects of secondary trauma, helps to identify some of the common characteristics and motivators of professionals who work in sex offender management, and alerts participants to possible indicators and symptoms of secondary trauma.

Section 4—Addressing Secondary Trauma in the Management of Sex Offenders

This section will help participants to understand how they and their agencies can become more “trauma resilient”, how professionals can employ a number of self–care strategies – both personally and professionally – to help avoid or mitigate the effects of secondary trauma, and will provide agencies with suggestions about how they can best support their employees in doing this difficult work.

Section 5—Summary

This section provides a brief overview of the major “take away” points of the curriculum.

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