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Sex Offender Treatment Board - Practitioner Information

Overview

Clinical Sex Offender Therapists provide services for the treatment and rehabilitation of sexual abusers. They must have a minimum of a master's degree in the behavioral sciences and an active Oregon mental health professional license, or equivalent, to be certified in Oregon. Clinical sex offender therapists may supervise certified secondary associate sex offender therapists and associate sex offender therapists.

Secondary Associate Sex Offender Therapists provide services for the treatment and rehabilitation of sexual abusers. They must have a minimum of a master's degree in the behavioral sciences, an active mental health professional license, or equivalent, and be under the direct supervision of a clinical sex offender therapist to be certified in Oregon.

Associate Sex Offender Therapists provide services for the treatment and rehabilitation of sexual abusers. 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.

What You Need to Know

Scope of Practice Questions

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

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 want to make a complaint against a person for violating HLO and the board's statutes or rules, use the HLO complaint form.
  • If you want 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.
  • If you believe HLO and the board's rules need to be amended, you can file a rule petition with HLO for consideration. Please note that any rules must fit within HLO and the board's current statutory authority and 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 think the HLO and the board's statutes need to be amended, information about the legislative process is available on the Oregon Legislature's website.

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 questions, please contact Board Specialist Maria Gutierrez at 503-373-1906.

Treatment standards

Adult sex offender treatment standards: The Sex Offender Treatment Board has adopted the 2014 Association or the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Practice Standards and Guidelines. A copy may be purchased through the ATSA website or by contacting ATSA: 4900 SW Griffith Drive, Suite 274, Beaverton, OR 97005; phone 503-643-1023 or fax 503-643-5084; email atsa@atsa.com. HLO has a copy on file in Salem for review upon request.

Download SOTB's guides for treating juvenile and developmentally disabled sex offenders here:

Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Standards

Developmentally Disabled Sex Offender Treatment Standards

Questions?

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Anne Thompson at 503-373-1904 or anne.p.thompson@state.or.us.

For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Cristina Wardwell at 503-373-1740 or cristina.r.wardwell@state.or.us.

For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or paige.s.sims@state.or.us.

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