This book helps professionals to make informed, research-based assessments of risk, offering strategies for supporting and educating families within which sexual abuse has occurred. Without actually advocating reunification, the authors provide a unique approach for working with non-offending parents and partners who wish to work towards re-unification of the family.

Initial Assessment and Engagement

Initial assessment and engagement

If your Connections client is considering living with a sex offender, your initial assessment begins with a review of the offender's records. If the offender is not in treatment with you or at your facility, get a release from him to secure all his records prior to your intake interview. You will want to review investigative reports, psychological evaluations, polygraph reports, police reports, his criminal record, child welfare records, transcripts of interviews, and treatment summaries. It is important for you to accurately understand the offender's history of deviant behavior prior to meeting with him and his partner.

If the offender has been polygraphed periodically as a requirement of his treatment program, the polygraph reports should confirm his truthful disclosure ...

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