Juvenile Sexual Offending Counselor Certification Program (JSOCCP)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
Session Date: September 23-27, 2013 (8:30 -5:00)
Why is specialized training important?
Sexual crimes have become the number one reason for incarceration in American prisons. Studies of adult sexual offenders have revealed an ongoing cycle of abuse that often begins during childhood and continues unchecked throughout the lifespan. Treatment of adolescent sexual offenders has developed out of the need to intervene in this cycle of violence at the earliest possible onset.
Treatment providers who have not received specialized training often find this client population particularly challenging and sometimes disturbing. Additionally, staff typically comes from diverse educational backgrounds, only some of whom have significant coursework in counseling.
In order to successfully impact sexual offending behavior in juveniles, treatment providers need to be accurately informed about the therapeutic issues related to sexual abuse and the challenges typically encountered in this work. Without this knowledge base, staff and programs are vulnerable to the serious problems that can arise when working with this population.
Why is credentialing important?
There are two primary reasons why credentialing is important in this field: staff credibility and staff effectiveness.
- Staff credibility: The sexual offender treatment field has established clear standards for staff training. Programs whose staff has not been trained to a level commensurate with national standards may have difficulty establishing credibility with funding sources and judiciary. This is particularly true for staff who do not have degrees in regulated professions.
- Staff effectiveness: Staff who are not trained adequately do not have the knowledge, skill, or confidence to design and implement an appropriate treatment program that will maximize relapse prevention. Every case of inadequate treatment due to insufficient training is a potential threat to community safety.
What does the curriculum cover?
- Dynamics of Sexual Offending
- Causes of Juvenile Offending
- Typologies of Offenders
- Engagement of Clients in Denial
- Assessment Issues and Techniques
- Treatment Planning
- Inviting Responsibility
- Human Sexuality
- Phases of Treatment
- Overcoming Denial
- The Cycle of Violence
- The Committing Offense
- Life Review
- Relapse Prevention
- Individual, Group and Family Counseling
- Parent Education
- Staff Development
- Therapist Self-Care
How is the Credentialing Training Structured?
The Juvenile Sexual Offending Counselor Certification Program (JSOCCP) consists of three parts; it begins with a a significant amount of reading, and assignments based on that reading to be completed prior to arriving at the institute. Participants are furnished their training materials 3 to 4 weeks ahead of attendance so they may concentrate their attention on course work while in Louisville.
The second phase is an intensive 5-day training experience conducted at the Univresity of Louisville Shelby Campus where participants concentrate on a rigorous schedule of course work. Various instructional techniques combining didactic and experiential exercises are used to enhance the learning experience. Participants develop a personalized practicum proposal in the 5-day period as well.
The final phase of the Certification process requires the participant to complete a six-month practicum in their work setting. These practicums are unique and tailored by the student and faculty to maximize relevance to their job requirements. Students submit videotaped sessions demonstrating their progress in specific skill areas. Faculty provide clinical review and consultation throughout the practical experience. Certification is granted after a student demonstrates competency through the completion of all phases of the training process. A Certification diploma verifying successful completion of the program is then awarded.
For agencies or states with 20 or more people needing training, the training may be conducted just for your agency/staff (on-site). Please contact the Director for information on this option.
Who is the instructor?
Dana Christensen, PhD currently serves as the Director of the Center for Family Resource Development at the University of Louisville and as a Professor in the Kent School of Social Work. Dr. Christensen has worked closely with many state agencies assisting them in their efforts to improve their case assessment, case planning, and case management practices. Dr. Christensen has written widely in the fields of juvenile justice, child welfare, and family therapy for over thirty years. He has published over three dozen articles, made over 100 paper presentations, written book chapters, book reviews and two textbooks ; Family Therapy: Theory and Practice and Solution Based Casework: An Introduction to Clinical and Case Management Skills in Social Work Practice. Dr. Christensen’s area of study is a focus on preventing child sexual abuse through enhanced community and neighborhood based partnerships, and the early identification and treatment of juveniles who have committed a sexual offense. In the early 1990’s, as the field began to realize the link between juvenile sexual behavior problems and adult sexual offending, Dr. Christensen initiated the first university-based training program for counselors who work with juvenile sexual offenders. Validated research on treatment outcome has confirmed that juveniles who receive adequate treatment have a very low rate of recidivism (re-offending), and for each juvenile who is prevented from further sexually abusive behavior, countless victims of child sexual abuse are prevented.
Who does the credentialing and what does it cost?
JSOCCP credentialing is conducted by the faculty of the University of Louisville's Center for Family Resource Development, in the Kent School of Social Work.
The cost of the program, $1250.00, includes registration fees for the institute, practicum, and special lectures, training materials, books, and study guides. Participants are responsible for meals, lodging and personal expenditures.
Who should I contact for more information?
If you are interested in more information about the JSOCCP, please contact our office at the following address:
Danette Baker, Program Coordinator
Center for Family Resource Development, University of Louisville
Burhans Hall, Room 134B, Shelby Campus
Louisville, KY 40292
Email: Danette Baker