The medium version (8 hours) is suitable for line staff in probation and parole agencies who may not be directly involved in sex offender management but may find some of the strategies helpful in dealing with sex offenders on their caseload who were not previously identified as such (domestic violence offenders, for example). This version covers essential principles and addresses supervision strategies that can be adapted to help line staff better understand and work with sex offenders.
An Overview of the Training
In addition to giving a brief overview of the training goals, this section introduces essential background materials. Sections on victims of sexual assault and sex offenders provide a solid basis on which to build the practices of comprehensive sex offender management. A section on an emerging approach to sex offender management similarly offers a framework for understanding the challenges posed by this category of offender and the strategies that have emerged in response.
The learning activity in this section invites participants to begin to examine the implications of these issues for their own work, creating motivation and context for the sections that follow.
Innovative Approaches to Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community
This section introduces some important governing concepts that form the basis of the emerging practices in the field of sex offender supervision. These include: victim-centered supervision, collaboration, relapse prevention, and supervision networks. Victim-centered supervision is a very important emerging practice, and it can be a significant change from prior or "traditional" supervision practices. Trainers should be prepared for a variety of responses to this notion. Some agencies have moved clearly in this direction; other agencies may see this as a major departure from current practice. Significant time and attention is given here to the kinds of collaboration that are essential to effective sex offender management, and the roles of different team members, including polygraph examiners.
The learning activities include several sets of discussion questions and an exercise for mapping responsibility for different activities related to sex offender management.
Components of Supervision: Specialized Approaches to Managing Sex Offenders
This curriculum is about tailoring community supervision practices to the specific challenges posed by sex offenders. It addresses how to structure the practice of supervision to manage sex offenders as effectively as possible. This section begins with a discussion of relapse prevention, which serves as a framework through which to understand sex offenders and the role of the management team in relation to them and their behavior. The other topics focused on here are Sex Offender Assessment, Conditions of Supervision, and Sex Offender-Specific Treatment. This shorter training does not include in-depth coverage of Pre-sentence Investigations.
The learning activities for this section are all in the form of discussion questions.