This course is a basic overview of the field of Sexual Offender Treatment as it impacts the adolescent and youthful offender. A special focus in the course will be placed on the impact of the Adam Walsh Act on the criminal justice practitioner. This objective will be met by the examination of selected issues confronting the criminal justice system today including criminalization of sexual behavior, risk diagnosis and screening, re-entry concerns, trauma issues, mental health concerns, long-term effects of abuse, program design, implementation and evaluation. Other key concerns revolving around the Adolescent Sexual Offender like registration, notification, risk of recidivism and transition issues to young adulthood will arise and be discussed.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the risk factors associated with juvenile sex offenders’ delinquency.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social and educational characteristics of chronic and serious youth sex offenders, including those with special education needs.
- Critically evaluate different juvenile justice programs as to their effectiveness with juvenile sex offenders. This includes: (a) the adequacy of the research and knowledge base; (b) the range of applicability; (c) the value and ethical issues, including the youth's own value system; and (d) the policy implications involved in delivery of mental health services to juvenile sex offenders.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to adapt juvenile justice program models and strategies to meet the unique needs of persons from diverse backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, developmental level, age and national origin.
- Describe how probation and parole sanctions imposed on juveniles with sexual offender concerns predict short term and long term life outcomes.
- Understand how child physical, sexual, emotional abuse and trauma impacts the relationship to lifelong mental health issues.
- Understand the implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) on the juvenile justice practitioner.
- Teacher: Henry R. Cellini, Ph.D., LPCC.