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New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Sex Offender Management Presents:

Developments in Sex Offender Risk Assessment:
Practical Application in Community* and Institutional Settings

Session initially presented August 1, 2008


Part I:
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D.

  1. Emerging research in sex offender risk assessment (0:30:56)
  2. Static-2002 research and how it differs from the 99 (0:11:32)
  3. Static-99 recidivism estimates (0:15:58)
  4. Recidivism of Female sex offenders (0:06:01)
  5. Developmentally delayed sex offenders (0:05:28)
  6. Sex offenders with traditional mental illness (0:06:46)
    Q&A (0:07:10)

Part II:
David Thornton, Ph.D.

  1. Sadists, psychopaths, extra-familial child molesters (0:31:27)
  2. Understanding why actuarial instruments don't all give the same results (0:16:55)
  3. Age and aging(0:30:20)
    General related comments from Karl Hanson (0:03:22)
  4. Beyond static assessment (0:11:48)

Part III:
David Thornton, Ph.D

Part III Segment 1 (1hr. 16 min.)
Part III Segment 2 (1hr 29 min. )

  • General Principles for Effective Treatment
  • Choosing Treatment Targets
    • Treatment Interfering Factors
    • Needs
    • Some Problematic  Treatment Targets
      • Denial
      • Empathy
      • Distorted Attitudes
    • Going Deeper
      • Biological Insights
      • Schema

All segments are in Adobe Flash Video format. You can download the Adobe Flash player here (External Link).

*This portion of the presentation was not filmed. Contact OSOM for a PDF of the slides and/or supplementary material.

Presenter Biographies

  • R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Officer with Public Safety Canada and is one of the leading researchers in the field of sexual offender risk assessment and treatment. Dr. Hanson has published more than 100 articles, including several significant meta-analyses, and was co-developer of the most widely used risk assessment tool for sexual offenders (Static-99). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, and was the 2002 recipient of the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). or for “corrections publications”

  • David Thornton, Ph.D. is the Treatment Director at the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, Wisconsin, and is also one of the leading researchers in the field of sexual offender risk assessment and treatment. Along with Dr. Hanson, he created the Static-99. With colleague Ruth Mann, Ph.D. he created the Risk Matrix 2000 assessment instrument, and the Structured Assessment of Risk and Need for use in treatment programs. Both instruments are widely used in the UK. Current research activities focus on treatment processes and outcomes. He is a member of the British Psychological Society and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

This training is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice Services. Points of view in this training are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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