TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY/CODE OF ETHICS
The Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers has adopted a Treatment Philosophy and Code of Ethics which treatment professionals should endorse, and to which all certified professionals must subscribe upon granting of their certification
A. TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY
A holistic approach to sex offender treatment includes providing safety and assistance for victims, prompt and effective response by law enforcement, appropriate adjudication, close monitoring by probation or parole, and treatment matching their individualized risk and needs.
Evaluation of the cognitive, behavioral, biological, and sociocultural features of the individual offers assistance to the management and treatment of sexual offenders. A systematic assessment to classify risk to the community and amenability to treatment will allow for more efficient use of available resources. A variety of factors influence whether or not a person who committed a sexual offense will avoid committing another abusive act and evaluations should be comprehensive in nature. No single form of assessment should be considered adequate. Extensive training in evidence based practices and research in the area of sexual assault is mandatory for evaluators and service providers. Sexual offending is not a mental disorder. Treatment includes training and education and, although it is not considered as a cure which will eliminate all future probability of offending, individuals do have the capacity to make internal changes which have an impact on their behavior.
B. CODE OF ETHICS
Sex Offender Treatment Professionals (i.e., Professionals) strive to perform their duties with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. Professionals work within the scope of their education and training, and protect the public against unethical or incompetent practices. Professionals conduct themselves in a manner that promotes the highest level of public confidence, and commit themselves to following standards designed to promote the greatest level of public confidence.
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