Section 1: Introduction
1 Hour, 25 Minutes

Lecture TopicTOPIC: INTRODUCTION
(35 minutes)

Use Slide Use Slide #1: The Role of the Victim and Victim Advocate in Managing Sex Offenders

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As practitioners involved in the supervision of sex offenders, all of you have undoubtedly encountered opportunities for collaborating more closely with crime victims and victim advocates. Some of you may already be taking advantage of these opportunities, or beginning such efforts in your communities. This training is intended to provide a framework in which we can discuss the merits of a victim–centered approach to the effective management of sex offenders. We will discuss the opportunities available to us for collaboration, and strategies for the most effective ways of implementing new, or supporting existing, approaches to victim–centered sex offender management.

Each part of the training will allow us a chance to focus on particular issues important to the victim–centered approach:

Use Slide Use Slide #2: Overview of Curriculum

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Use Slide Use Slide #3: Training Goals

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Goals and Learning Objectives
(5 minutes)

The goals of this training curriculum are to provide an overview of:

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Note: It is important to allow time for introductions in order to set a tone for the training that will emphasize and encourage participation and interaction. It is also an opportunity for the trainer to develop a sense of the group’s level of knowledge and experience, if that was not accomplished prior to the training event.

In a large group, participant introductions could be made around individual training tables. If the group is smaller, introductions of all participants to the whole group would be appropriate.

We will begin by talking about why it is important to work with victims and victim advocates, and how a victim–centered approach to sex offender management can help all of us be more effective in the work that we do. At the conclusion of this first section, participants will be able to:

Learning ActivityLearning Activity: Introduction of Faculty and Participants
(30 minutes)

The facilitator or lead trainer should introduce the faculty and/or invite them to introduce themselves, and include their experience in working in the field of sex offender management or with victims of crime.

Ask each participant to record on an index card one word that describes their experience or perception of working with victim advocates.

Participants should then introduce themselves by providing their name, the nature of their job, their experience in sex offender supervision, treatment, victim advocacy, or other fields, and their expectations of the training. Have participants select one index card at random and read what is written on it.

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