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TITLE: Sotp Provider Staff Qualifications Responsibilities

POLICY

Department SOTP staff and all contracted providers shall meet the Iowa Sex Offender Treatment Program Standards for clinical and non-clinical personnel. The Department shall assist the SOTP staff in obtaining and maintaining Sex Offender Treatment personnel certification. SOTP staff shall meet or exceed their responsibilities as outlined in the SOTP Policies and Procedures.

PROCEDURE

  1. SOTP staff and Contracted Providers shall be persons of sound character, emotional stability, and sufficient ability and education to adequately carry out the duties assigned to them. Possession of an academic degree in behavioral or medical science does not necessarily attest to the possession of sufficient training or competence to conduct psychotherapy, psychological counseling, or assessment of paraphilic or sex offending behavior. They shall meet the following Iowa Sex Offender Treatment Program Standards:
    1. Have a first concern for the protection of the community.
    2. Recognize that therapy for mandated sexual offenders is often coerced and that skepticism and behavioral consequences are necessary.
    3. Understand the necessity of prosecution for the offense as an aid in motivating the offender to complete the required treatment. Treatment and incarceration are not incompatible; conversely, incarceration is often desirable to insure the offender understand the consequences of his/her behavior.
    4. Not view self as an advocate for the offender, avoid any kind of social contact with offenders, and not possess a need to be like by the offender.
    5. Be willing to freely communicate with supportive agencies, such as Child Protective Services, Victim Therapists, and Probation/Parole Officers. Recognize that the traditional guarantee of confidentiality shall not apply when treating sexual offenders. Report any new child victims that are identified to Child Protective Investigators and/or law enforcement.
  2. To provide clinical consultation and/or supervision to SOTP staff, the Department's Contracted Provider shall be assisted by the Department in meeting the following minimal standards of a Sex Offender Professional Level II:
    1. A Masters Degree or above in the Behavioral or Social Sciences, with a combination of training and experience in providing direct assessment/treatment of sexual abusers. A minimum of 1000 hours is required with 250 hours in training and 500 hours in direct experience (approximately six (6) months/full-time). The remaining 250 hours may be in either area; or
    2. A Bachelors Degree or equivalent in the Behavioral or Social Sciences, with a combination of training and experience in providing direct assessment/treatment of sexual offenders. A minimum of 2000 hours is required with 1000 hours in direct experience (approximately one(1) year/full-time) and 500 hours in training. The remaining 500 hours may be in either area; or
    3. Persons who meet requirements for Sex Offender Treatment Professional Level I and who have a combination of training and experience in providing assessment/treatment of sexual abusers. A minimum of 3000 hours is required with 2000 in direct experience (approximately two(2) years/full-time) and 500 hours of training. The remaining 500 hours may be in either area.
  3. SOTP staff with facilitator responsibilities shall be assisted by the Department to meet or exceed the following minimum education and experience requirements for a Sex Offender Treatment Professional Level I:
    1. Any one of the following:
      1. Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in a human service related field; or
      2. Six (6) years of work experience providing individual and group guidelines and related counseling services in areas of social, behavioral, educational, vocational, and related program planning; or
      3. An equivalent combination of experience and education substituting thirty (30) semester (or the equivalent) hours or post high school work for one year of the required work experience to a maximum substitution for four years; or
      4. Employees with current continuous work experience in a sex offender program that includes the equivalent or eighteen (18) months of full-time experience as a sex offender program counselor/facilitator.
    2. Thirty (30) hours experience in facilitation/co-facilitating sex offender specific treatment groups.
    3. Forty (40) hours (Segments I&II) of the specialized training in the Standardized Pre-Service Sex Offender Treatment Training Program or equivalent training as approved by the Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. A minimum of forty (40) hours shall be completed within the first twenty-four (24) months of employment in the sex offender treatment program. A minimum of eighty (80) additional hours of training more specialized in the scope of sexual abuse field shall be completed to receive certification.

      Note: The primary facilitator in each group session shall meet the Sex Offender Treatment Professional Level I personnel qualifications. All personnel assigned to SOTP shall receive specialized training in the Standardized Pre-Service Sex Offender Treatment Training Program or comparable training approved by the Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and shall be encouraged to obtain and maintain certification.

  4. After contracted providers, and SOTP staff obtain certification, the Department will assist them in meeting the annual twenty-four (24) hour training requirement to maintain their certification.
  5. SOTP staff shall ensure all actions taken regarding any offender identified as having new victims are in full compliance with mandatory reporter laws regarding child and dependant adult abuse.
  6. All policies and procedures followed by SOTP staff shall be in full compliance with Department policies and procedures regarding access to records and privacy laws.
  7. SOTP Administration/Supervisor/Manager Responsibilities:
    1. Ensure the SOTP is adequately and appropriately staffed and meets Iowa Sex Offender Treatment Program Standards.
    2. Ensure group therapy meeting places are in secure locations with appropriate provision for access to law enforcement or other assistance, if needed.
    3. Monitor group therapy schedules to ensure groups are meeting a minimum of three (3) times per month, except for weeks when holidays occur during the work week, and appropriate aftercare is available to meet offender needs.
    4. Maintain appropriate consultation with Contracted Providers to ensure all program components are operating efficiently and in compliance with Iowa Sex Offender Treatment Program Standards.
    5. Maintain a local communications network with other agencies dealing with sexual abuse issues.
    6. Ensure all offenders eligible for SOTP are assigned to SOTP staff, referred to SOTP components, and receive appropriate services while under Department supervision.
  8. SOTP Facilitator Responsibilities:
    1. Meet or exceed requirements for the Iowa Sex Offender Treatment Program Standards and update training and skills as appropriate. Attend Department SOTP meetings.
    2. Meet SOTP offender supervision contract standards, and ensure all SOTP forms are completed by the offender.
    3. Cooperatively schedule and plan group therapy sessions to ensure that groups are held a minimum of three (3) times per month (except for weeks with holidays) and follow the Department approved curriculum. Arrive at the meeting place early to admit offenders and ensure the group begins on time. Assist in collection of fees and maintain attendance and session records.
    4. Actively seek assistance from the SOTP personnel and Contracted Providers and/or supervisory staff when unusual situations or issues arise with offenders.
    5. Make appropriate referrals of offenders to Contracted Providers, completing referral forms and providing information as required by other policy and procedures.
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