A Project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Short Version
Section 3: An Overview of Sex Offender Treatment for a Non–Clinical Audience
Elements of Sex Offender–Specific Treatment
25 Minutes

Lecture Topic TOPIC: INTRODUCTION
(2 Minutes)

Use SlideUse Slide #1: Elements of Sex Offender–Specific Treatment: Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

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

Use SlideUse Slide #2: Two Facets of Sex Offender Management: Addressing both External and Internal Controls

Sex offender management is comprised of two different yet equally important strategies: those that place external controls on the offender as a means to manage his behavior, and those strategies that address building the offender’s own internal controls.

I said that external controls are used as a means to manage an offender’s behavior. Probation and parole supervision, polygraph testing, sex offender registration, drug and alcohol testing, the use of community support networks, and so on, are all examples of external controls.

The management strategy that addresses the development of internal controls—treatment—complements and works in tandem with these external control efforts. This training curriculum addresses the four domains of sex offender treatment: sexual interests, distorted attitudes, interpersonal functioning and behavior management. It is through these domains of treatment that we hope to assist sex offenders in the development of effective and lifelong internal controls. As you can see from this diagram, addressing internal controls is a central part of sex offender management; and one that is facilitated and enhanced by the use of external controls.