Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration: Sex Offender Management and Treatment Strategies

Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration
Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration: Sex Offender Management and Treatment Strategies
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2018-08-30
Unit 1 Workbook: Sex Offender Management and Treatment Strategies
Unit 2 Slide Deck: Sex Offender Management and Treatment Strategies
Unit 3 Recording: Sex Offender Management and Treatment Strategies

This course is the final installment of a three-part webinar series that Dr. Tasha Menaker and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence prepared to discuss the many factors involved in handling sexual assault cases. To recap the previous webinars, Dr. Menaker unpacked the dynamics, tactics, and psychology of offenders, as well as their typologies and risk factors for perpetration and recidivism. This time around, she will deep-dive into management and treatment strategies for sex offenders.

Dr. Tasha Menaker is the Director of Sexual Violence Response Initiatives with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. With an MA in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, she fuses the two fields and conducts research on sexual and domestic violence, assists in initiatives related to sexual assault and provides training to responders and service providers for such cases.

Dr. Menaker will look at the existing management and treatment strategies, review the pros and cons of each method and consider alternative methods to respond to sexual assault. Specifics she covered on this webinar include:

  • A look at a recent article that aims to re-evaluate the labels used to refer to people who commit sexual harm.
  • The risk-need-responsivity framework that serves as the core of all sexual offending intervention strategies where all initiatives must be aligned with an individual’s risk level, needs, and responsivity.
  • The importance of regular, ongoing assessment with the treatment providers and supervision officers across a specific timeframe based on the clients’ risks and needs.
  • The pieces of information that may be gathered from the assessment as sentencing, treatment plan and progress, case supervision and management, among others.
  • The two primary types of assessment for sexual assault offenders comprised of:

    • Criminal Justice Assessments that involves investigation, case management, and supervision.
    • Clinical Assessments that involves psychological and risk evaluation, among other methods employed to monitor an individual’s treatment and progress.
  • The success of treatment in people who commit sexual harm as evidenced by its efficacy in lowering likelihood to re-offend.
  • The importance of combining treatment with effective community supervision and other forms of intervention.
  • What Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is and how it can address denial, cognitive distortions, deviant sexual interests or preference, interpersonal skills, and behavior.
  • Some of the methods employed by the criminal justice system as response to sexual assault perpetration like specialized supervision, electronic/GPS monitoring, community notification, sex offender registries and residency restrictions.
  • Why criminal justice responses have low efficacy and instead ends up with a hodgepodge list that doesn't consider risk-level, and people labeled as sex offenders ostracized by the community.
  • Case studies illustrating how the criminal justice system failed people categorized as sex offenders in getting them rehabilitated and integrated back into society.
  • The harms of sex offender registries, residency restriction and community notification that brings those in the list to a lifetime of discrimination, isolation, and even homelessness.
  • Rethinking sex offender laws through:

    • A more thorough sex offender list database management that is regularly updated.
    • Customized residency restriction dependent on each individual’s case and risks.
    • Focusing on perpetration prevention through legislation and education.
    • Involving victim advocates on offender management.
    • Alternative mediation methods like restorative justice.
  • Some of the points the participants raised during the Q&A are:

    • Restorative justice being used on college campuses
    • Effectivity of medication-based treatment
    • Clarifications on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Motivational interviewing
    • Factors that determine an offender’s risk level
    • Tracking recidivism
    • The difference of strategies between adult and juvenile offenders
    • How probation and victim advocates can work together
Additional Resources
20 days ago
After the Webinar: Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration: Sex Offender Management and Treatment Strategies. Q&A with Dr. Tasha Menaker
Webinar presenter Dr. Tasha Menaker answered a number of your questions after her presentation, & […]
1 month ago
Sex Offender Management and Treatment Strategies: An Interview with Dr Tasha Menaker
It's understandable to initially have strong reactions about those who have committed so […]
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