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Continuing Education


Sex offender therapist  
The aim of continuing education for sex offender treatment therapists is to ensure that professionals practicing in this specialty field are knowledgeable of current scientific and practice principles that affect the supervision and treatment of sex offenders in community-based treatment.
Since the treatment of sex offenders in communities raises significant public safety concerns, continuing education is required to help sex offender treatment therapists deliver the highest quality of professional service by being familiar with current developments in a rapidly changing profession.

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Clinical therapists and associate therapists shall complete a minimum of 15 hours continuing education in the field of sex offender treatment during each year within a renewal cycle.
Continuing education requirements apply whether the therapist renewing a certificate is living or working within Oregon or outside of the state while Oregon certification is maintained.
HLO may grant exemptions in whole or in part from continuing education requirements, including extension of deadlines, in documented hardship cases.

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Subject Matter

Continuing education includes training related to sex offender treatment consisting of the following subject matter:

(a) Assessment and diagnosis
(b) Cognitive therapy
(c) Counseling and psychotherapy
(d) Cultural/ethnic issues
(e) Ethics applicable to working with a forensic population
(f) Human development with special attention to sexual development and healthy sexuality
(g) Interviewing skills
(h) Knowledge of family dynamics as related to sex offending
(i) Psychometric and psycho-physiological testing
(j) Psychopathology
(k) Relapse prevention
(l) Relationship and social skills training
(m) Risk assessment
(n) Sexual arousal control
(o) Social support networks
(p) Victim awareness and empathy
(q) Supervision
(r) Assessment and treatment of mental illness including neuropsychological disorders
(s) Couples and family therapy
(t) Family reunification
(u) Pharmacological therapy
(v) Substance abuse treatment

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Audits, Records and Sanctions

HLO selects a percentage of certification records for audit to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.
Licensees notified of selection for audit of continuing education attestation shall submit to the agency, within 30 calendar days from the date of issuance of the notification, satisfactory evidence of participation in required continuing education.
Documentation of a certificate of completion of attendance at a program or course provided by the sponsor shall include:
  • Name of sponsoring institution/association or organization

  • Title of presentation and description of content

  • Name of instructor or presenter

  • Date of attendance and duration in hours

  • Course agenda

  • Official transcript, diploma, certificate, statement or affidavit from the sponsor, attesting to attendance
If documentation of continuing education is invalid or incomplete, the certificate holder shall correct the deficiency within 30 calendar days from the date of notice. Failure to correct the deficiency within the prescribed time shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action.
Misrepresentation of continuing education or failing to meet continuing education requirements or documentation may result in disciplinary action, which may include but is not limited to assessment of a civil penalty and suspension or revocation of the certification.
Continuing Education: Frequently Asked Questions

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The following may provide continuing education to satisfy requirements:
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Oregon Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Network
Oregon Association of Community Corrections Directors
Oregon Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Oregon Department of Corrections
Oregon Youth Authority
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Oregon Department of Human Services
Oregon District Attorneys Association
The Sex Offender Supervision Network
Oregon State Sheriffs' Association

The HLO may approve other providers on a case-by-case basis.

Continuing Education Approval Request Form

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Questions? We Can Help

Please contact HLO if you have questions about continuing education requirements at 503-378-8667 or hlo.info@state.or.us.
Therapists may also peruse the complete continuing education requirements as specified in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 331, Division 810.

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