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Start of Main ContentAdapting the Curriculum

This curriculum is intended for adaptation. It should be adapted to reflect:

  • The audience. Material in this curriculum is relevant for line probation and parole officers as well as for their supervisors and policy makers. It is also relevant to collaborative interagency teams who are involved in sex offender management. Users are encouraged to adapt the materials to provide more detail for some audiences and less for others based on their needs. For instance, the section on emerging approaches to sex offender supervision might be of great interest to the policy level officials. On the other hand, the section on the detailed components of supervision including maintaining a case file and interviewing techniques would probably be of more interest to line staff and first line supervisors.

  • The time available for training. The curriculum can be presented as a two-hour briefing or as a three day intensive training course (a long, medium and brief version are available). The time can be further varied-depending on the amount of discussion allowed and the time devoted to exercises. Users may even want to consider breaking the training into several sessions over weeks or months.

  • The number of participants. Much of the curriculum can be delivered in lecture style, supplemented by exercises and discussion. It is strongly recommended, regardless of the number involved in training, that provision be made for substantial discussion and exchange among small groups of participants. This is an exercise in adult learning. One has to assume that the experiences and knowledge base of participants will be a valuable part of their training experience. There may be disagreements, debates, supporting examples of individuals' own experiences, etc. Each small group should have a trainer or facilitator assigned to move it through discussions and exercises.

  • Local environment. It is not possible to tailor this curriculum to reflect practices in each and every probation or parole agency in the nation. Much of what is offered is relatively new, and may not fit well with current policy or practice in a particular jurisdiction. For instance, this curriculum reflects the experiences of many agencies that find the use of the polygraph to be a valuable tool in sex offender supervision. If your agency does not have access to the polygraph, or if you have policies or resource constraints that preclude the use of the polygraph, then the curriculum should be adapted to reflect that reality. You may want to develop some discussion questions or exercises to begin to plan for the polygraph in the future, or you may wish to drop this piece from the training curriculum. Another example is the use of offense-specific sex offender treatment. In those jurisdictions with few known resources in this area, discussions might be directed at how to identify other resources or to begin cultivating that capacity among existing service providers.