This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit hours.
This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Making Data-Informed Decisions
Sex Offenders—A Heterogeneous Group
Managing Variability in Sex Offender Population
What Decisions Need to be Made?
Section 3: Information Gathering and Assessment
Challenges Assessing Sex Offenders
Information from Actuarial Assessment Tools
Information from Specialized Assessment Tools
It Starts at the Presentence Phase
Information to Collect at the Presentence Phase
Re-assessment and Ongoing Case Management
When to Re-Assess
Section 4: Supervision Strategies
Initial Case Planning
Specialized Conditions of Supervision
Sex Offender Supervision and Employment
Communication and Deception
Offender Boundaries and Violations
Continuum of Response
Tools for Monitoring Accountability
Sex Offender Registration as a Tool for Supervision and Enforcement
Sex Offender-Specific Treatment
Treatment as a Supervision Tool
Section 6: Re-entry
Barriers for Sex Offenders During Re-entry
Easing the Transition During Re-entry
Transition for Treatment
Section 7: Conclusion
Expert Reviewer: Kirsten Lewis, M.Ed.
Ms. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. Ms. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has held a variety of positions in the criminal and juvenile justice systems including a Supervisor in a high security facility for female juveniles; a Court Designated Worker/Juvenile Probation Officer; Facilitator for a parent/teen Nurturing Program; and a Program Coordinator for a juvenile drug and alcohol prevention program. For the past 18 years, Mrs. Cobb has worked in a research, training, and technical assistance capacity. She has was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Kirsten R. Lewis, M.Ed., is a probation officer with the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department (MCAPD); adjunct forensic psychology instructor at Glendale Community College; and president of KSL Research, Training & Consultation, LLC. Kirsten's adult probation experience includes assignments in standard field, domestic violence, high-risk, and most currently a sex offender caseload. In addition, Kirsten has been a pre-sentence investigation officer, acting supervisor, and staff development trainer. With a background in research and over 26 years of experience in community corrections, Kirsten spearheaded a ground-breaking research study examining secondary traumatic stress in probation officers as a result of working with criminal offenders. Her research was published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice and received the 2013 Sam Houston State University Award for outstanding contributions to scholarship in Community Corrections. In addition, Kirsten created a national award-winning employee stress management program at MCAPD that better prepares employees for the challenges of probation work, enhances protective coping strategies, minimizes the cumulative stress associated with longevity, and promotes a work culture that safeguards the welfare of officers. Kirsten conducts a variety of trainings on the topic of traumatic stress, peer support, and employee wellness with human service agencies around the country and has presented her work at conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Disclosure: Kirsten Lewis, M.Ed. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.