Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 10, No. 3, 1998 Why License Sexual Offender Treatment Providers? Because It's the Responsible Thing to Do! Steve Jensen1 and Cory Jewell-Jensen1 For many medical and mental health professionals, licensing provides a baseline for competence to practice in a given field. This is especially true in the medical field, where incompetence can result in maltreatment or death. Why then, when sexual assault has such dramatic consequences, is it so difficult for the governmental and therapeutic communities to sup- port and mandate licensing for sexual offender treatment providers Many professionals and policy makers argue that the majority of sexual offender treatment providers already hold degrees, license, or certificates in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, or drug and alco- hol treatment. Although advanced degrees are extremely beneficial and all offender treatment providers should have a strong foundation in generic mental health skills, no degree or license denotes any specialized training or experience in sexual offender evaluation or treatment. Most mental health professionals complete their academic training without ever formally addressing the topic of sexual deviancy. For many therapists, their total experience with sexual offenders may be limited to attending a
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