Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Training Curriculum for Assessing and Treating Sex Offenders with Mental Illnesses
by Boles, Shawna, Psy.D., Antioch University, 2011, 103; 10807666
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this paper was to develop a continuing education program to teach sex offender-specific treatment providers (SOSTP) in the community how to appropriately assess, treat and manage adults with severe mental illness who are also sex offenders (SMISOs) in an outpatient setting. This paper begins with an overview of the most relevant literature associated with the treatment of sex offenders and a presentation of some of the current programs developed to treat sex offenders with severe and persistent mental illnesses. This review also outlines the paucity of resources and the need for SOSTPs to receive expanded training to better serve the specialized and challenging needs of the SMISO population. Next, methods are used to develop a 7-hour continuing education training curriculum for SOSTPs aimed at increasing assessment and treatment skills of those working with adult men with severe and persistent mental illnesses who have also been convicted of sexual offenses. The results section provides a written overview of the final curriculum, the details of which are attached in the appendix. Lastly, a discussion follows to explore the limitations and potential uses of this project and the developed training.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor:
Commitee: Borden, Kathi, McMahon, Kathy, Sacco, Frank
School: Antioch University
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology, Criminology, Curriculum development
Keywords: Curriculum development, Severe and persistent mental illness, Sex offender, Sex offender-specific treatment providers
Publication Number: 10807666
ISBN: 978-0-355-84270-8
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