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This training curriculum on Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community contains the following components for your use:

Overview Materials

The Overview Materials provided in this curriculum include a section on Issues and Cautions for Users and a User's Guide. The section on Issues and Cautions 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 utilizing the substantive material contained in the curriculum with jurisdiction-specific, multi-disciplinary teams. The User's Guide provides a "road map" regarding how the curriculum materials are organized and how to use them effectively. The guide explains the structure of the training materials, the learning objectives, and the time allocation for each version (Long, Medium, and Short) of the curriculum. In addition, it includes tips on facilitating exercises and small group work, a brief glossary of training terms, and a number of question/answer strategies.

Long, Medium, and Short Versions of the Curriculum

Within each of these versions you will find:

  • An outline that provides the major topics and the time allocated to each;

  • Lecture content and teaching notes with suggestions for using the slides provided, the exercises, and learning activities; and facilitating both the large and the small group discussions;

  • Slides that highlight the main points made during the lecture (versions of these slides can also be printed out to be distributed as additional participant materials); and

  • Participant materials intended to be copied and distributed to participants for use during and after the training. There are several types of such materials:

    • Learning Activities. There are several different learning activities in each of the five sections. They include a case study, a community mapping activity, role plays, discussion questions, and more. Training notes that accompany the content alert the trainer to the goal of each exercise and provide suggestions for implementation. These activities serve several purposes: first, they reinforce and provide practice in applying the information that is being presented; second, they provide opportunities for adults who learn in different ways to maximize their learning experience; third, they allow the trainer and participants to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise that other participants bring with them; and finally, they create variety in the experience which keeps interest and motivation high.

    • Reference Materials and Other Handouts. These documents are intended to serve as illustrations/examples of the topics covered in the lecture, or as sources of additional information for individuals who are interested in learning more about a particular topic or issue that has been covered in detail during the training. Examples of language from agency policy related to supervision are included as are articles, policy briefs, an example of a pre-sentence investigation, etc.

Evaluation Instrument

Also included in this curriculum is an evaluation instrument that you may find helpful in assessing the usefulness of the training to your participants. It can be duplicated and distributed to training participants for completion at the end of the training. We hope that you will use it and would also ask that you make copies of the completed instruments available to CSOM as well. This will be of assistance to us in refining and improving future editions of this and other training curricula.