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Start of Main ContentThree Versions of the Curriculum

In order to make these materials as useful as possible, the curriculum is presented in three different versions. Please note that additional materials and curricula are available or in development, and can be used to supplement the materials here. Some of the subjects treated in summary fashion, such as polygraph and secondary trauma, may be of particular interest to the supervision audience. These will be treated in more depth in forthcoming curriculum materials. Please check the CSOM training home page for their availability.

The long version (3 days) is designed for line staff and their supervisors who have significant direct responsibility for the community supervision of sex offenders, and for other members of supervision teams (e.g., treatment providers, polygraph examiners, law enforcement officers, etc) who would benefit from a fuller understanding of supervision activities. It covers the material in the shorter versions, but also includes a section on sex offender- specific treatment and how to identify and work with treatment providers, and goes into specific practices, like interviewing and working with denial, that will greatly assist officers in their day-to-day work.

The medium version (8 hours) is suitable for the line staff in probation and parole agencies who may not be directly involved in sex offender management, but should be acquainted with its various aspects. In some cases, line staff may find that they have sex offenders on their caseload who were not previously identified as such (domestic violence offenders, for example) and they may find some of the strategies helpful. This version covers essential principles, but also addresses supervision strategies that can be adapted to better understand and work with sex offenders.

The short version (2 hours) has been designed for policy makers, judges, prosecutors, managers, and line staff who are not directly involved in sex offender management. It may also be used as a way to introduce this material to others who are not now involved in sex offender management but may work with a sex offender population in the future. These individuals might include victim advocates, social service agencies, treatment providers, and new probation officers who are being educated about the different types of criminal offenders who are supervised in the community. Finally, this version may be used as the framework for a presentation at a conference, where a varied audience that shares an interest in sex offender supervision issues could be reached. The purpose of this version is to provide exposure to the concepts underlying the effective supervision of sex offenders in the community and an opportunity to think about what each individual's role might be in implementing or improving a comprehensive and specialized approach to sex offender management.

The following table highlights the differences in length for each version. The curriculum is designed to move from general concepts into specific applications, with the addition of each section. Trainers are encouraged to adapt the content to the specific needs of their audience.

Curriculum Version Short
2 hours
7 - 8 hours
3 days
Section 1: An Overview 1 hour, 15 minutes 2 hours, 15 minutes 3 hours, 45 minutes
Section 2: Innovative Approaches to Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community 45 minutes 2 hours, 45 minutes 3 hours, 55 minutes
Section 3: Components of Supervision: Specialized Approaches to Managing Sex Offenders 3 hours 6 hours, 50 minutes
Section 4: Sex Offender Specific Treatment in the Context of Supervision 2 hours
Section 5: Practical Supervision Strategies 4 hours, 30 minutes