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Delaware General AssemblyDelaware RegulationsMonthly Register of RegulationsMarch 2013

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Accountability” means accurate attributions of responsibility, without distortion, minimization, or denial.
Adult Standards” means the standards and guidelines established to evaluate, monitor, and treat adult convicted sex offenders. Section 1.0 establishes guidelines for pre-sentence investigations. Section 2.0 establishes standards for sex offense specific evaluations. Section 3.0 establishes standards of practice for treatment providers. Section 4.0 establishes the qualifications for both adult and juvenile treatment providers, evaluators, and polygraph examiners. Section 5.0 establishes standards and guidelines for management of sex offenders on probation, parole, and community corrections. Section 6.0 establishes standards of practice for post-conviction sex offender polygraph testing. Section 7.0 establishes guidelines for institutional treatment of sex offenders.
Assessment” means the collection of facts to draw conclusions which may suggest the proper course of action. Sometimes assessment and evaluation may be used interchangeably but assessment is on-going and includes an analysis of all data including a sex offense specific evaluation.
ATSA code of ethics” means the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers has published a code of ethics for those individuals involved in the evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders. Delaware Sex Offender Management Board approved providers must adhere to these ethics.
Behavior Monitoring” means a variety of methods for checking, regulating, and supervising the behavior of sex offenders
Case Management” means coordination and implementation of the activities directed towards supervising, treating, and managing the behavior of individual sex offenders
Community Supervision Team” means those individuals involved in the case management of a particular sex offender. The supervision team determines the best course of action to reduce risk while the sex offender is supervised in the community
Clinical Experience” means activities directly related to providing evaluation and/or treatment to individual sex offenders. For example; face to face therapy, report writing, administration, scoring and interpretation of tests, participation on supervision teams, and clinical supervision of therapists treating sex offenders.
Criminal Justice Sanction” means activities or action used to reduce the liberties of sex offenders under community supervision and the sentence of the Court or Board of Parole. Sanctions range from imposition of a curfew to incarceration for violation of probation/parole.
Denial” means in psychological terms, denial means a defense mechanism used to protect the ego from anxiety-producing information.
Developmental Disabilities” means chronic disabilities attributable to mental or physical impairments apparent before the age of 22. These disabilities tend to be life-long and result in substantial functional limitations in major life activities such as self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency.
Evaluation” means the systematic collection, analysis, and documentation of psychological, behavioral and social information.Sex-offense specific evaluation includes the above information as well as information related to sexual history, arousal patterns, sexual deviance, dysfunction, sexual attitudes and cognition, risk of sexual re-offense, and risk of failure in sex offense specific treatment and supervision.
Evidence-based practices” means approaches and interventions that have been scientifically tested in controlled studies and proven effective.
Informed Assent” means acquiesce or comply with specific terms or agreement. The use of "assent" in this document recognizes sex offenders are not voluntary clients and their choices are therefore limited.
Informed Consent” means voluntary agreement or approval to do something in compliance with a request.
Plethysmograph” means an electronic device used to measure variations in penile tumescence associated with sexual arousal. The tool is used in sex offender treatment to assist in determining deviant sexual arousal. There is a device that measures physiological changes for women as well.
Polygraph Exam” means an instrument that simultaneously records changes in physiological processes such as heartbeat, blood pressure, and respiration, often used to detect deception. There are three types of post-conviction polygraph tests commonly administered to sex offenders: Specific Issue Examination, Disclosure or Sexual History Examination, and Maintenance Examination.
Provider List” means a list published by the SOMB of individual treatment providers, evaluators, and polygraph examiners who meet the criteria set forth by the Standards.
Risk assessment” means the process by which an evaluator, treatment provider, supervision officer, or pre-sentence officer determines risk for sexual re-offense. Appropriate risk assessment includes a review of all pertinent data, behavioral observations, physiological testing, and use of formal risk assessment tools.
Sex Offender” as used in 11 Del.C. §4120A(b)(2) and §4121(a)(4) means any person who has ever been convicted of an offense as defined in 11 Del.C. §761 and §4121(a)(4), or of any attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the aforementioned offenses. Convictions shall include adjudications of delinquency and persons who enter a plea of guilty, or are found guilty but mentally ill, or not guilty by reason of insanity.
Sexual Paraphilias/Sexual Deviance” means a subclass of sexual disorders in which the essential features are "recurrent intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors generally involving (1) nonhuman objects, (2) suffering and humiliation of oneself or one's partner, or (3) children or other non-consenting persons that occur over a period of at least six months and cause clinically significant distress in one or more important areas of functioning.
SOMB” means the Delaware Sex Offender Management Board
Supervision Officer” means the Probation or Parole officer assigned to monitor the sex offender while they are serving a sentence in the community.
Supervision Plan” means a plan developed by the supervision officer in conjunction with the treatment team which outlines specific measurable goals related to success in supervision and reduction in recidivism.
Sex offense-specific Treatment” means a long term comprehensive set of planned therapeutic experiences and interventions to change sexually abusive thoughts and behaviors. Such treatment specifically addresses the occurrence and dynamics of sexually deviant behavior and utilizes specific strategies to promote change. Sex offense-specific programming focuses on the concrete details of the actual sexual behavior, fantasies, arousal, planning, denial, and rationalizations. The primary treatment modality for sex offense specific treatment is group therapy. Other treatment modalities may be used in conjunction with group therapy.
Treatment Provider” means a person who provides sex offense-specific treatment to sex offenders according the Standards and Guidelines of this document.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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