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Working With the Adolescent Sexual Offender

Course Code: YJWD 2470
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Youth Justice
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 10 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will explore the practitioner’s role in examining their own attitudes and working in a multidisciplinary framework. In this course students will examine the factors that may lead an adolescent to commit a sexual offence. The course will prepare Youth Justice Workers for working with adolescent offenders in various professional settings. Topics covered will include exploring frameworks for assessing risk, intervention strategies and relapse prevention.

Course Content

  1. Identifying ones own personal and professional values as they relate to children, youth, relationships, sexuality, boundaries and sexual offending.
  2. Exploring how our attitudes and values affect our work with adolescents.
  3. Stages of sexual development.
  4. Normal sexual expression in adolescence.
  5. Topology of sexual offences.
  6. The causal factors of adolescent sexual offending:
    • Cultural factors
    • Family characteristics
    • Social factors
    • Psychological factors.
  7. Exploring the question of the connection between a history of victimization and sexual offending.
  8. Exploring the nature of sibling sexual abuse and family dynamics.
  9. Identifying and practicing how to set clear boundaries and role modelling respectful behaviour in working with youth who have committed sexual offences.
  10. Exploring and evaluating various intervention strategies used with adolescent offenders:
    • Behavioural intervention strategies
    • Medical intervention strategies
    • Cognitive intervention strategies
    • Sexual history and victimization strategies
    • Methods for developing recognition of victim empathy.
  11. Factors that affect an adolescent’s risk of re-offending:
    • Taking responsibility for the offence
    • Family support and accountability
    • Victim empathy
    • History of offending
    • Use of alcohol or drugs
    • Other factors.
  12. Key elements of a relapse prevention plan including dealing with high risk thoughts, feelings and situations as well as identifying specific behavioural plans for at risk situations.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Small group discussion
  • Role playing

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of written research assignments, case evaluation testing and group presentations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify how our personal and professional attitudes, values and experiences affect our perceptions and judgments when working with an adolescent sexual offender.
  2. Identify normal sexual expression and appropriate boundaries in the adolescent stage of development.
  3. Identify the range of sexual offences that youth may commit.
  4. Identify the psychological, social and cultural causal factors of sexual offending.
  5. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to effectively work directly with youth who have committed sexual offences.
  6. Identify intervention strategies that the professional community may utilize in working with youth who have committed sexual offences.
  7. Describe the key factors in assessing an adolescent’s risk of re-offending.
  8. Describe the key factors in relapse prevention planning with youth who have committed sexual offences.

course prerequisites

CFCS 2460

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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