Curriculum Overview

This curriculum on the role of the victim and victim advocate in managing sex offenders contains the following components for trainers who wish to plan and conduct live events on this topic.

Overview Materials

The overview materials include a section called Issues and Cautions for Users and a User’s Guide. The Issues and Cautions section provides information about adapting the curriculum to meet the specific needs of the audiences with which it is used, suggestions about the qualifications of trainers, and guidance about providing the substantive material contained in the curriculum with multi–disciplinary faculty teams. The User’s Guide explains the curriculum’s icons and notations, and reviews the information that is provided in the curriculum about how much time trainers should spend on specific topics and activities. It also includes tips on facilitating exercises and small group work and a brief overview of important training terms.

Evaluation Form

Also included in this curriculum is an evaluation form that users may find helpful in assessing participants’ reactions to their training experiences. The form can be duplicated and distributed to training participants for completion at the end of trainings. Users are encouraged to share the results of the training evaluations with CSOM. This will assist the project in refining and improving future editions of this and other training curricula.

Curriculum Content

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

Section 1—Introduction

This section defines what constitutes a victim-centered approach to the management of sex offenders, and provides a brief discussion of the merits of implementing or supporting such approaches.

Section 2—Understanding Sexual Assault from a Victim's Perspective

This section summarizes what issues are important in understanding sexual assault from a victim's perspective, provides information about the impact of sexual assault on victims, and discusses the ways in which that impact affects supervision agencies’ work with sex offenders.

Section 3—Working with Victim Advocates

This section details the role of victim advocates, the differences between various types of advocates, their roles in supporting and working with victims of sexual assault, and the ways in which advocates of all types can contribute to the effective management of sex offenders.

Section 4—Enhancing Victim Involvement in Sex Offender Management

This section discusses how supervision agencies can enhance victim involvement in sex offender management by identifying strategies to involve victims and victim advocates in the offender management process.

Section 5—Strategies for Applying the Victim-Centered Approach

This section provides an opportunity for training participants to develop an action plan that will enable supervision officers to begin to implement, or further enhance, their victim-centered approach to sex offender management.

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