Once convicted, most adult sex offenders serve all or most of their sentence on community supervision. Compared to other types of cases, sex offenders are often high functioning and relatively skilled at manipulative and coercive practices. Additionally, post-conviction civil commitment, sexual offender registries, community notification, and residency, employment and education restrictions can present obstacles for sex offenders on community supervision. As a result, officers need to be aware of these issues and well-versed in effective strategies to supervise this specialized population. This course will provide community supervision professionals who are managing sex offenders as part of a generalized caseload an introduction to sex offender management and community supervision and an overview of some of the techniques and tools you can use to effectively manage and supervise adult sex offenders in the community.
This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit 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
Subject Matter Expert: Kirsten Lewis, M.Ed.
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new staff joining the Relias Content Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, publication development, and training and technical assistance development and delivery.
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.
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