64B4-7.0081. Requirements to be a Qualified Practitioner for Completing Risk Assessments and Treatment of Sexual Offenders.

Effective on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
  • 1(1) Licensees employed or contracted as Behavioral Specialists for the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) and credentialed to conduct screenings and counseling for sexual disorders; or approved by the United States Probation Office to complete risk assessments and treat sexual offenders; or who were a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) or the Florida Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (FATSA), on or before June 30, 2010, shall be deemed to be qualified practitioners.

    82(2) In order to be a qualified practitioner for completing risk assessments and/or providing treatment for sexual offenders, one must hold an active license as a clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or mental health counselor under Chapter 491, F.S.

    123(3) A qualified practitioner under this rule shall possess 60 hours of post degree graduate coursework or post degree continuing education in all of the following core areas with a minimum of three (3) hours per area:

    160(a) Etiology of sexual deviance;

    165(b) Evaluation/risk assessment and treatment of adult and adolescent sexual offenders that have established scientific bases;

    181(c) Evaluation/risk assessment and treatment of specialized populations of sexual offenders;

    192(d) Physiological measures of sexual arousal;

    198(e) Sexual offender and current DSM diagnosis;

    205(f) Safety planning/Family Safety planning;

    210(g) Report writing;

    213(h) Legal and ethical issues in the evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders;

    226(i) Co-morbidity and substance abuse issues; and,

    233(j) Relapse prevention.

    236(4) Have documented 2,000 hours of post degree experience in the evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders.

    254(a) The post degree experience must be obtained after Chapter 491, F.S., intern registration or licensure by working under the supervision of a qualified practitioner as defined in this rule who is also a Board qualified supervisor.

    291(b) The initial fifty (50) of the 2,000 supervised experience hours must be obtained with the qualified practitioner/supervisor being physically present with the supervisee during the evaluation/risk assessment or treatment.

    322(5) A qualified practitioner under this rule must complete 20 hours of board approved biennial continuing education in the assessment, evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders; relapse prevention; experience and training in working with victims; and related legal and ethical issues.

    363Rulemaking Authority 365491.004(5), 366947.005(10), 367(11), 368948.001(10) FS 370Law Implemented 372947.1405(7)(a)5., 373948.001(10), 374(11), 375948.30(1)(e) FS. 377History–New 4-18-12, Amended 7-19-17.


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