A Project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

An essential component of the sex offender management process involves the provision of specialized treatment, designed to promote offender accountability and enhance skills and competencies that may ultimately reduce the likelihood of re–offending.


This curriculum provides information and materials (lecture content, presentation slides, handouts, and references) designed to equip knowledgeable trainers to plan and deliver two different versions (long and short) of a training on the treatment of sex offenders. For a very quick preview of all the contents of this curriculum, click on the site map. From this map, users can access any part of the curriculum that is of interest to them.

The goals of this curriculum are to:

  • Provide an overview of sex offender–specific treatment, and outline its characteristics, particularly the ways in which it differs from traditional mental health treatment;
  • Emphasize treatment’s primary goal of community protection;
  • Summarize what is known about specialized treatment practice patterns nationwide;
  • Review the research on the outcomes and efficacy of treatment; and
  • Identify ways in which probation and parole officers can successfully work together with treatment providers in managing sex offenders in the community.

All of the materials contained in this curriculum can also be reviewed and accessed in an easy–to–print format at the Download Center.

Issues and Cautions for Users

Perhaps the most important caution for anyone planning this training is to remember that this is an opportunity for adult learning. Participants bring to trainings extensive knowledge and rich sets of experiences that affect how they process the information that is provided. Therefore, users of the materials in this curriculum should not conduct events with only lectures. Instead, trainers are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of the exercises and discussion questions that are provided, as participants take away much more useful and practical information when they have opportunities to engage faculty members and their colleagues in discussions that relate the material that is presented to their own and their agencies’ work.

Other important issues and cautions relate to the qualifications of trainers, the use of a team training approach that includes a number of disciplines and agencies, and the importance of adapting the curriculum to address the specific needs and questions of the audience.

User’s Guide

The User’s Guide previews the icons and notations used throughout the curriculum, and introduces a number of training techniques and strategies that may be helpful for trainers.

Evaluation Forms

This curriculum includes evaluation forms that can be used to assess how well the training that is provided using this curriculum achieves its goals. If users modify or tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of their audiences, they are encouraged to adapt the evaluation form they use to reflect the changes they make.


The Center for Sex Offender Management would like to express sincere thanks to Lloyd Sinclair, the primary author of this curriculum. Thanks are also due to the three individuals who served as the primary content editors of this piece: David D’Amora, Robert McGrath, and Robert Prentky. Judy Berman, Kurt Bumby, Peggy Burke, Madeline Carter, Leilah Gilligan, Scott Matson, Oluwole Okunseinde, and Tom Talbot of the Center for Sex Offender Management were responsible for editing, developing participant materials, and converting the curriculum into CD–ROM and Web–based formats.