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Continuing Education Purpose Statement

The aim of continuing education for sex offender treatment therapists is to ensure that professionals practicing in this specialty field are knowledgeable of current scientific and practice principles that affect the supervision and treatment of sex offenders in community-based treatment. Since the treatment of sex offenders in communities raises significant public safety concerns, continuing education is required to help sex offender treatment therapists deliver the highest quality of professional service by being familiar with current developments in a rapidly changing profession.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.375, 675.400, 675.410, 676.615
Stat. Implemented: ORS 675.375, 675.400, 675.410
Hist.: HLA 2-2008, f. 5-27-08, cert. ef. 6-1-08


Continuing Education Requirements

(1) To ensure continuing efforts on the part of Oregon certified clinical sex offender therapists and certified associate sex offender therapists to remain current with new developments in the treatment of sexual abusers and the mental health profession, and to encourage diversified training and qualifications in the profession, continuing education is required as a condition of certification.

(2) Continuing education experiences are programs beyond the basic education required to obtain certification which are designed to promote and enrich knowledge, improve skills, and develop attitudes for the enhancement of the practices of sex offender therapists, thus improving sex offender therapies provided to the public.

(3) To be in compliance with the provisions of ORS 675.360 to 675.410 and the rules adopted by the agency, clinical therapists and associate therapists shall complete a minimum of 15 hours continuing education in the field of sex offender treatment during each year within a renewal cycle.

(4) Continuing education includes training related to sex offender treatment consisting of the following subject matter:

(a) Assessment and diagnosis;

(b) Cognitive therapy;

(c) Counseling and psychotherapy;

(d) Cultural/ethnic issues;

(e) Ethics applicable to working with a forensic population;

(f) Human development with special attention to sexual development and healthy sexuality;

(g) Interviewing skills;

(h) Knowledge of family dynamics as related to sex offending;

(i) Psychometric and psycho-physiological testing;

(j) Psychopathology;

(k) Relapse prevention;

(l) Relationship and social skills training;

(m) Risk assessment;

(n) Sexual arousal control;

(o) Social support networks;

(p) Victim awareness and empathy.

(q) Supervision;

(r) Assessment and treatment of mental illness including neuropsychological disorders;

(s) Couples and family therapy;

(t) Family reunification;

(u) Pharmacological therapy;

(v) Substance abuse treatment.

(5) An instructor, discussion leader, or speaker shall be given two hours of credit for subject preparation for each hour of presentation time, plus one additional hour of credit for each hour of actual presentation time. For example, a qualified instructor who conducts a one hour qualified program shall be given credit of three hours; a qualified instructor who conducts a one and one-half hour qualified program shall be given credit of four and one-half hours.

(6) Credit shall not be given for more than 5 hours of continuing education credit in a reporting period for lectures (preparation and teaching) and published material combined.

(6) The agency shall accept any continuing education that reasonably falls within the categories listed in subsection (4) of this rule. The agency relies upon each individual therapist’s integrity with meeting the intent of continuing education requirements.

(7) Continuing education requirements apply whether the applicant renewing a certificate is living or working within Oregon or outside of the state while Oregon certification is maintained.

(8) The agency may grant exemptions in whole or part from continuing education requirements, including extension of deadlines, in documented hardship cases.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.375, 675.400, 675.410, 676.615
Stat. Implemented: ORS 675.375, 675.400, 675.410
Hist.: HLA 2-2008, f. 5-27-08, cert. ef. 6-1-08


Continuing Education: Audits, Required Documentation & Sanctions

(1) The Oregon Health Licensing Agency will select a prescribed percentage of certification records for audit to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.

(2) Licensees notified of selection for audit of continuing education attestation shall submit to the agency, within 30 calendar days from the date of issuance of the notification, satisfactory evidence of participation in required continuing education.

(3) Documentation of a certificate of completion of attendance at a program or course provided by the sponsor shall include:

(a) Name of sponsoring institution/association or organization;

(b) Title of presentation and description of content;

(c) Name of instructor or presenter;

(d) Date of attendance and duration in hours;

(e) Course agenda;

(f) Official transcript, diploma, certificate, statement or affidavit from the sponsor, attesting to attendance.

(4) If documentation of continuing education is invalid or incomplete, the certificate holder shall correct the deficiency within 30 calendar days from the date of notice. Failure to correct the deficiency within the prescribed time shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action.

(5) Misrepresentation of continuing education or failing to meet continuing education requirements or documentation may result in disciplinary action, which may include but is not limited to assessment of a civil penalty and suspension or revocation of the certification.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.375, 675.385, 675.400, 675.410, 676.615, 676.992
Stat. Implemented: ORS 675.375, 675.400, 675.410
Hist.: HLA 2-2008, f. 5-27-08, cert. ef. 6-1-08

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