Concerns not enough specialists to treat sex offenders are growing, and the crisis has prompted many more to speak out

Concerns not enough specialists to treat sex offenders are growing, and the crisis has prompted many more to speak out. A new national advocacy organization says that while there are only about 2,000 full-time psychologists in America, a new report released last week from a leading nonprofit studies that even fewer psychologists are trained or have been trained to treat sex offenders. And research from the New York State Psychiatric Association shows that while there is a crisis of sexual assault on college campuses, few specialists who work there are trained to treat such crimes. “These numbers are shocking. These are horrible numbers,” says Jessica Valenti, a former executive 우리카지노director at the National Organization for Women who served as the organization’s chairwoman from 2000 to 2004. “But no one has been trained to deal with them.” She’s referring, of course, to a recent study by the American Psychological Association that found less than 20 percent of licensed psychologists were trained on the topic of sex abuse. But many experts also say that the numbers a바카라re much higher than that because the only people licensed to treat sex offenders are those who report them to the police, rather than trained professionals who are not trained to be able to treat sex offenders. “I know that there’s only so much you can do,” says Andrea Dittman, author of the forthcomin더킹카지노g book “Sexual Predators and the Criminal Justice System,” “but I don’t think the public knows the full scope of what the real problem is.” Dittman, who worked in prison in Connecticut before heading to the nonprofit organization that tracks sexual abuse in the criminal justice system, says she’s spent the better part of the last decade interviewing former and current inmates, sex offenders themselves and school personnel, as well as family members and police officers about the condition of the prison system. Dittman’s research has discovered that while many institutions offer specialized counseling for sex offenders that are not taught by licensed psychologists, there is little training for trained clinical therapists who treat sex offenders, even if those therapists are trained to work in hospitals and other medical settings. The problem is especially acute when it comes to women, who are nearly 30 percent of sex offenders and are frequently denied mental health care at correctional facilities. “I can tell you that we’ve had a tremendous problem with treating sexually violent women,” says Dittman, who was a clinical psychologist until she became president of the organization. “The problem is very pervasive.

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