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What to Look for in a Treatment Provider: Learning Objectives

  • Identify basic qualifications of sex offender-specific treatment providers

  • Describe desirable traits of sex offender-specific treatment providers

  • Explain the importance of attitudes and practices supportive of multidisciplinary collaboration

  • Identify referral sources to locate sex offender-specific treatment providers

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Lack of Standardization

Lack of standardized certification or other credentialing in most jurisdictions presents a major difficulty in promoting common standards of practice

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What to Look For in the Absence of Defined Standards

  • Degrees—necessary, but not sufficient

  • Continuing and specialized education

  • Experience with involuntary and offender clients

  • Membership in Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and other professional associations

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ATSA Suggests Specialized Training

  • Assessment

  • Psychometric and psychophysiological testing

  • Psychopathology

  • Risk assessment

  • Counseling and psychotherapy

  • Cognitive therapy

  • Couples and family therapy

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ATSA Suggests Specialized Training(cont.)

  • Family reunification

  • Pharmacological therapy

  • Relationship and social skills training

  • Relapse prevention

  • Sexual arousal control

  • Social support networks

  • Victim awareness and empathy

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Other ATSA Requirements for Treatment Providers

  • Participation in a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education annually

  • Must be informed about mandatory reporting requirements related to their work

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Ethical Treatment Practice

  • Obtaining informed consent of the individuals being evaluated and treated

  • Maintaining appropriate confidentiality and informing the offenders in their care of the limits of confidentiality

  • Providing for the reasonable security of others and themselves

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Ethical Treatment Practice(cont.)

  • Taking steps to provide continuity of care for offenders with whom providers work

  • Maintaining appropriate boundaries

  • Obtaining information for evaluation purposes in a variety of areas and from several independent sources

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Sex Offender Treatment Providers as Collaborative Partners

A willingness to collaborate with other professionals, including:

  • Probation and parole officers

  • Victim advocates

  • Polygraph examiners

  • Other assessors, evaluators, and treatment providers

  • Attorneys, prosecutors, and other criminal justice representatives

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Locating Sex Offender-Specific Treatment Providers

  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers 4900 S.W. Griffith Drive, Suite 274

    Beaverton, OR 97005

    (503) 643-1023

    Email: [email protected]

    Web site: www.atsa.com

  • Safer Society Foundation

    P.O. Box 340

    Brandon, VT 05733-0340

    (802) 247-3132

    Web site: www.safersociety.org

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Summary

  • ATSA and Safer Society are helpful resources

  • Treatment providers must collaborate with others who manage sex offenders

  • In identifying treatment providers, think creatively about incentives to make work appealing to those who might be interested

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Training Summary

  • The primary goal of sex offender-specific treatment is the protection of the community

  • Recent treatment outcome studies indicate that treatment works

  • The four domains of treatment are: sexual interests, distorted attitudes, interpersonal functioning, and behavior management

  • The most widely accepted form of treatment is cognitive-behavioral with relapse prevention

  • Treatment providers must work in close collaboration with others who manage sex offenders

Long Version: Section 5


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