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Scope of Practice

What can Sex Offender Therapists do?

Clinical sex offender therapists provide services for the treatment and rehabilitation of sex offenders. They must have a minimum of a master's degree in the behavioral sciences and an active Oregon mental health professional license.

Associate sex offender therapists provide services for the treatment and rehabilitation of sex offenders. They must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in the behavioral sciences and be under the direct supervision of a clinical sex offender therapist to be certified in Oregon.
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Scope of practice questions

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Do you have a question about how a law or rule impacts your individualized practice?

Please know that the Health Licensing Office (HLO) and its boards do not provide individualized advice on how the law applies to practice in the field. Here are some resources:
  • If you are looking for an attorney to provide you with legal advice about the statutes and rules governing your licensure, the Oregon State Bar has information on how to hire a lawyer.
  • If you wish to make a complaint against a person for violating HLO and the board's statutes or rules, you may use this complaint form.
  • If you wish to make a public comment on the statutes and rules governing your licensure, interested party feedback is encouraged at all public meetings.
  • Guidance on how to obtain a license is available on the HLO website.
  • If you believe HLO and the board's rules need to be amended, you may file a rule petition with HLO for consideration. Please note that any rules must fit within HLO and the board's current statutory authority. Please also know that the board will consider your position but might not adopt your proposed rule. The statute that governs rule petitions is ORS 183.390.
  • If you believe HLO and the board's statutes need to be amended, information about the legislative process is also available on the Oregon Legislature's website.

Please know the HLO and its boards remain neutral on substantive bills proposing changes to its laws and cannot act on your behalf in any proposals to change the governing statutes. 

If you have further questions, please contact Board Specialist Maria Gutierrez at 503-373-1906.

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Issue Responses

There are currently no issue responses for the Sex Offender Treatment Board.
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More Information

For more information, please contact an HLO Policy Analyst at (503) 378-8667 or at hlo.info@state.or.us.
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