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what to look for in a treatment provider learning objectives
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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