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RAN Consulting provides professional and evidenced based training and consulting to social service and correctional agencies. Training sessions include but are not limited to the following.
Polygraph: Friend or Foe in Sex Offender Management
Introduction to Sex Offenders
This training is designed to provide participants with an overview of sex offenders including current victimization and trends; theories of why they offend; demographics and characteristics of convicted sex offenders; current typologies; and current management strategies. Read More
Understanding the Cyber Sex Offender
Participants introduction to the cyber sex offender will include the current pervasiveness of cyber offending; current theories on why they offend online; examples of how they offend and gain access to victims; and current typologies. Participants will be introduced to a comprehensive model of supervision for cyber sex offenders that will guide the officers in their assessment, management, and treatment of their offenders. This section will conclude with a discussion of current legal and other considerations that should be addressed in any development of policies or procedures. Officers will be able to immediately apply skills acquired during this section. Read More
Sex Offender Management:
The instructors will introduce participant to cyber-sex offenders. Even though there have been numerous research studies that have been either already completed or are ongoing, the findings are inconsistent and provide little guidance to how this sometimes unique population of offenders should be supervised. This training has been developed using the current best practices and literature and is based on over 10 years’ experience managing this population. Participants will first be introduced to an overview of cyber-sex offenders which will include the current pervasiveness of cyber offending; current theories on why they offend on line; examples of how they offend and gain access to victims; and current typologies. Participants will be introduced to a comprehensive model of supervision for cyber-sex offenders that will guide the officers in their assessment, management, and treatment of their offenders. Participants will learn how to use the Child Abuse Material Instrument (developed and published by the trainers) in the assessment and management of child pornography offenders. This section will conclude with a discussion of current legal and other considerations that should be addressed in any development of policies or procedures. Officers will be able to immediately apply skills acquired during this section. Read More
The next generation: Cell Phone, Tablet, and Gaming Systems
Cell phones, tablets and gaming systems have developed into mini computers that are incredibly versatile and useful but unfortunately have often unmonitored access to both victims and material which can increase the chances of a lapse. The training will be a highly interactive and live demonstration of the capabilities of these devices and will introduce participants to the various ways offenders can use these devices inappropriately. Participants will gain an understanding of how offenders and these devices should be managed, including how to determine which offenders should have access and how these devices should or can be monitored. In addition, participants will learn how these devices can be used to enhance treatment and supervision goals.
Juvenile SO 101
This training provides an introduction to management of juvenile sex offenders. Th course includes how adult and juvenile offenders are different and the current best practices for the management of juvenile sex offenders. The training covers current research on why they offend and an overview of current treatment practices with this population.
The Application of Risk Assessments in the Supervision of the Sex Offender
The training will briefly introduce participants to the Static-99R, Stable-2007 and the Acute-2007. The primary focus of the training will be on what probation officers should be discussing and observing during contacts to increase the accuracy of the instruments. In addition, officers will be provided with specific target areas and techniques that, based on the tool, they should be observing and addressing during contacts with the overall goal of risk reduction. At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:
Identify risk factors for the Static-99R, Stable-2007, and Acute-2007.
Identify questions and observations that should be utilized to increase the accuracy of the instruments.
Identify specific techniques to reduce the overall risk of the offender.
Polygraph: Friend or Foe in Sex Offender Management
Polygraphs have been widely used in the treatment and supervision of sex offenders since the 1980’s. Over the last five years, the polygraph has been met with criticism and several programs are questioning its utility in sex offender management. The training will explore the arguments against the use of the polygraph and offer a model on how the polygraph can be utilized that will minimize the potential negative impact while improving treatment & supervision outcomes. Read More
Victim Input into the Supervision of Sex Offenders
The training introduces participants to a collaboratively developed program that provides victims the opportunity to obtain information, have input and an opportunity to tell their story. This journey has been incredibly rewarding for both the victim and probation. Victims have reported feeling empowered and heard and supervision has been enhanced. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
Identify key components of victim input programs.
Identify benefits of the program to victims
Identify benefits for the effective community management of sex offenders
Identify the key barrier to victim input program success.
Learn how a similar program can be developed in their jurisdiction.
Applying the Self Regulation Model to Supervision and Treatment:
Ward and Hudson’s Self Regulation Model (SRM) allows us to classify sex offenders into one of four distinct pathways which represent different combinations of offense-related goals and regulation styles in relation to their sexually offending. Even though SRM is becoming standard in many psycho-sexual evaluations, there has been limited discussion of the implications of SRM on the supervision and treatment of these offenders. Many of my colleagues have asked “why do I care?” The workshop will begin with a brief overview of SRM and the four pathways. The majority of the time will be allocated on providing specific targets and techniques for supervision officers and treatment providers. It will provide you with tools to promote offender change while enhancing community safety.
Supervising of Sex Offenders 101:
This training is designed to provide participants tasked with supervising this specialized population with an overview of sex offenders including current victimization and trends; theories of why they offend; demographics and characteristics of convicted sex offenders; current typologies; and current management strategies; recommended supervision strategies; treatment theories and collaborating with treatment; overview of treatment tools (polygraph, ABEL, MIDSA, PPG, etc.); risk assessments; the role of victims and advocates; and the comprehensive approaches to sex offender management. We will also discuss officer bias and attitudes in supervising this population.
Sex Offenders in Your Community:
Sex offenders have received unprecedented scrutiny and attention by the media, legislatures, and courts for much of the last decade. The aftermath of acts by sex offenders causes high levels of emotional and physical harm to victims and creates turmoil in our communities. Unfortunately, sex offenders, known and unknown, do live in our communities and it is very important that the offenders are managed with sound protocols to protect children and victims of their crimes and the communities where they live.
Our goal with this presentation is to discuss sex offenders in your community, what we can do to protect our children, reduce victimization, make available services for victims, make our communities safer places to live and work, and discuss evidence-based practices utilized to manage this population in our communities.
Engaging Sex Offenders:
Sex offenders are historically known for being in denial or not willing to discuss prior or current behaviors or fantasies. This training is designed for individuals who work with sex offenders on a regular basis. The training will provide the participants with tools to engage sex offenders in communication; to encourage honest and open discussions; and to identify deception. Research shows that when a sex offender is talking, professionals have a better opportunity to assess their risk. This training will provide officers with the tools to decipher what they are saying and the validity of the content.
Sex Offenders in Your Congregation:
Sex offenders have received unprecedented scrutiny and attention by the media, legislatures, and courts for much of the last decade. The aftermath of acts by sex offenders causes high levels of emotional and physical harm to victims and creates turmoil in our communities. Unfortunately, sex offenders, known and unknown, do attend our religious services and are members of our congregation. We offer sound protocols for religious leaders.
Our goal with this presentation is to discuss sex offenders in congregations, what religious leaders can do to protect our children, reduce victimization, make available services for victims, maintaining safety while providing the offender meaningful and pro-social spiritual options.
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