Around the country, the most promising sex offender management practices are based on two basic premises:
- A multi–disciplinary, collaborative approach to sex offender management is more effective than the work that any one discipline can do alone; and
- It is necessary to place the safety needs of victims and the community at the forefront of our sex offender management strategies.
The inclusion of victims and victim advocates in our supervision work is key to effective sex offender management.
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 a victim-centered approach to sex offender management. 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.
The goals of this curriculum are to provide an overview of:
- What is meant by a victim–centered approach to the management of sex offenders in the community;
- The impact sexual assault can have on its victims;
- The rationale for and the benefits of involving victims and victim advocates in sex offender management; and
- Some of the ways that those involved in sex offender management—including victims and victim advocates—can effectively collaborate.
All of the materials contained in this curriculum can also be reviewed and accessed in an easy–to–print format at the Download Center.
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.
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.
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.
The Center for Sex Offender Management would like to express sincere thanks to Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS) for their written contributions to the curriculum and to David D’Amora, Marlene Roberti, and Anne Seymour for their thoughtful review of the curriculum. Judy Berman, Madeline Carter, Susan Gibel, Leilah Gilligan, Oluwole Okunseinde, Alex Walker, and Rachel West of the Center for Sex Offender Management were responsible for editing, developing participant materials, and converting the curriculum into CD–ROM and Web–based formats.