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Following is a preview of the content of each of the sections of the curriculum:

Section 1: An Overview

This section identifies the rationale for a specialized approach to the supervision of sex offenders in the community; articulates the goals and learning objectives of the training curriculum as a whole; outlines the content of the curriculum; summarizes the state of knowledge on the victims of sex offenses and their perpetrators; and identifies the core elements of sex offender supervision which are emerging in diverse jurisdictions around the nation.

Section 2: Innovative Approaches to Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community

This section outlines innovations in sex offender management practices that have emerged in probation and parole agencies around the nation. It includes detailed descriptions of a victim-centered approach to supervision; collaboration in supervision and supervision networks.

Section 3: Components of Supervision: Specialized Approaches to Managing Sex Offenders

This section details how the various components of "traditional" community supervision approaches for criminal offenders can be adapted and enhanced to meet the specific challenges associated with supervising a sex offender population. It begins with a discussion of relapse prevention as a framework for supervision. It covers specialized case loads, the pre-sentence investigation, assessment of sex offenders, victim impact and safety concerns, conditions of supervision, classification, the case plan, maintaining the case file, surveillance, lifetime supervision; and new requirements being placed upon probation and parole agencies in the areas of community notification, registration, and DNA testing.

Section 4: Sex Offender Specific Treatment in the Context of Supervision

This section summarizes the research findings on the effectiveness of treatment and outlines the components of sex offender treatment currently emerging around the nation. It also identifies the unique characteristics of sex offender treatment providers associated with effective practice, and describes and highlights the importance of collaboration between supervision and treatment.

Section 5: Practical Supervision Strategies

This section identifies practical advice in eleven separate areas to assist probation and parole officers-and their agencies-to work more effectively with sex offenders during the course of their routine supervision duties. It covers desensitization; maintaining control of interactions with offenders; interviewing strategies; dealing with offender denial; case work in various settings; knowing what to expect from sex offenders; dealing with lapses; dealing with families of sex offenders; eliciting cooperation of the offender; testifying in court; and preventing and addressing the psychological and emotional trauma associated with supervising sex offenders and dealing with the impact of sex crimes upon their victims.