Shawna Elizabeth Walker Boles, PsyD, is a 2011 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England.

Dissertation Committee

  • Kathi Borden, PhD (Committee Chair)
  • Frank Sacco, PhD (Committee Member)
  • Kathy McMahon, PsyD (Committee Member)


Sex offender, Sex offender-specific treatment providers, Curriculum Development, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness

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The purpose of this paper was to develop a continuing education program to teach sex offender-specific treatment providers (SOSTP) in the community how to appropriately assess, treat and manage adults with severe mental illness who are also sex offenders (SMISOs) in an outpatient setting. This paper begins with an overview of the most relevant literature associated with the treatment of sex offenders and a presentation of some of the current programs developed to treat sex offenders with severe and persistent mental illnesses. This review also outlines the paucity of resources and the need for SOSTPs to receive expanded training to better serve the specialized and challenging needs of the SMISO population. Next, methods are used to develop a 7-hour continuing education training curriculum for SOSTPs aimed at increasing assessment and treatment skills of those working with adult men with severe and persistent mental illnesses who have also been convicted of sexual offenses. The results section provides a written overview of the final curriculum, the details of which are attached in the appendix. Lastly, a discussion follows to explore the limitations and potential uses of this project and the developed training.