The Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (IBTSA) was formed to enhance the quality of treatment in Iowa for people who have sexually offended by providing a certification process for treatment professionals working with this specialized population.
An academic degree in behavioral or medical science does not necessarily guarantee sufficient training or competency in cognitive and behavioral concerns specifically related to sexual offending. The Iowa Sex Offender Treatment Professional certification process is based upon the combination of education, experience, and training described in this handbook.
Two levels of certification are awarded to qualified applicants: Sex Offender Treatment Professional, Level I (SOTP I) and Sex Offender Treatment Professional, Level II (SOTP II).
The establishment of standards and a system of voluntary professional certification assures the opportunity for continued growth and development in the field of treatment for people who have sexually offended. The benefits of this certification effort are four-fold:
For the Offender
To ensure competent evidenced based assessment, treatment, and supervision for the protection of the victim(s) and community;
For the Professional
To provide a respected professional credential which is based on education, training, and experience. Members may list IBTSA certification on their resume or curriculum vitae. However, certification does not imply that IBTSA endorses the member’s views, opinions, practices, or specific professional competencies.
For the Profession
To provide a method whereby professional, evidence based standards are established and maintained.
For the Victim
To ensure that the priorities of treatment and supervision are the safety of the community and the victims, the prevention of further victimization, and the restoration of the physical and emotional integrity of victims and families.
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