Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Department

Counselor Education - Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Anquinetta Calhoun

City

Winona, Minnesota

Abstract

Sex offender treatment is often court ordered and part of conditional release for individuals who have been convicted of harmful sexual acts. Counselors working with this population have an important role in terms of supporting and addressing the needs of their clients, but also in terms of public safety. A cursory exploration of this treatment includes an overview of the role that risk/protective factors documented through assessments have on outcomes, the impact of restrictions regarding conditional release, and how the counselors are both impacted by and integral to this field. Counselors who work with this demographic are presented with informed analysis regarding the role of public perception, carceral response, societal determinants, and jurisdictional influence to be considered when conducting therapeutic response.

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