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Rosemary-Munns-BP.jpgRosemary Munns, PsyD, assistant professor, is the new coordinator of Sexual Offender Treatment at PHS.

Munns will bring her extensive skills in corrections, psychology, and sexual offender treatment to the role of coordinator. For more than a decade Munns has worked with sexual offenders in individual and group therapy through all stages of their treatment from assessment through after care. For many years, she has also worked with a therapy group for their partners. "Rose has extensive experience in this area and we are fortunate to have her take a leadership role in this treatment program," said Eli Coleman, PhD, director.

Munns is leading an effort to coordinate the types of data that is collected by sexual offender treatment providers throughout Minnesota. Munns said, "The first step in getting an accurate understanding sexual offender treatment in Minnesota and a clear picture of treatment effectiveness is for programs to collect the same types of data on their clients." Munns is proposing quarterly meetings with key constituents to develop this project.

PHS offers a Sexual Health Systems Model approach to sexual offender treatment that Munns believes works well for clients and their families. Munns does intend to make some changes in the training of postdoctoral fellows in sexual offender treatment. She would like to offer fellows a glimpse into other treatment environments including prison and civil commitment locations.

Beyond her work with sexual offenders, Munns has extensive clinical experience in assessment and treatment of substance abuse, working in correctional settings with juvenile delinquents and adults, as well as inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Her areas of interest are sexual dysfunctions, relationship and sex therapy, transgender issues, abuse recovery, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and HIV counseling. Munns received her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and was a postdoctoral fellow at PHS.


Michael Miner, PhD, awarded new grant

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Michael-Miner-BP.jpgMichael Miner, PhD, will be the principal investigator on a new five-year research grant from the National Institutes of Justice of the Department of Justice totaling $1.5 million. The aim of the project is to conduct a rigorous analysis of the utility of a newly developed, dynamic risk factor assessment for sexual offenders, Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS).

For over a decade, risk detection for sexual offenders has been the domain of static actuarial instruments. By adding dynamic factors to a risk assessment, specifically ones that have been linked to risk of reoffending and are amenable to treatment, has the potential to greatly improve our ability to assess risk, and changes in risk, over time. At the same time, it can improve treatment by systematically tracking progress, and identifying areas for intervention.

"This project could result in a major step forward in sex offender management, in that we may identify an empirically valid method for tracking changes in risk status. This will allow for a more nuanced strategy toward sex offender management, since intervention intensity could be modified as predicted offender risk changes over time," said Miner.

On January 2, 2013, researchers at the PHS will begin working with sex offender treatment and management systems in New York City, NY, and Maricopa County, AZ, to collect data on 500 sexual offenders in treatment at each location, interview directors of treatment programs, and conduct focus groups with treatment providers and probation/parole agents. Follow-up data will assess sexual recidivism, non-sexual violent recidivism, any recidivism, returns to confinement, and violations of conditional release (parole or probation).

Miner's research team includes Bean Robinson, PhD (co-investigator), Chris Hoefer (project coordinator), Cathy Strobel (research staff), Karl Hanson, PhD (consultant from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), and David Thornton, PhD (consultant from Mauston, Wisconsin).




Michael-Miner-BP-7.jpgThe faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators will present their work at our monthly faculty research presentations.

Join us: Noon-1 pm at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Reserve your seat today--email

August 8, 2012
Michael Miner, PhD
Professor and Coordinator of Forensic Assessments

"How SMART? Comparing Existing State Systems of Identifying High Risk Sex Offenders with the Adam Walsh Act Tiering System"

The Adam Walsh Child Protection Act mandated the standardization of sex offender registries and community notification procedures. One central component of this standardization was an offense based tiering system that was to determine how long an individual needed to register (10 years, 25 years, life) and how often they needed to report, in person, to law enforcement to update their registration information (annually, biannually, quarterly). Implicit in the tiering system is that the higher the tier level (1-3) the more dangerous the individual. This presentation will discuss this assumption and present data that compares the predictive validity of the proposed tiering system with existing systems in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Florida, and with a well-established and accepted actuarial risk prediction tool, STATIC-99R. The implications of these findings will be discussed from the perspective of public policy and the stated goal of the Adam Walsh Act.




International-Perspectives-BP.jpgMichael Miner, PhD, is one of five editors on the new book International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: Theory, Practice and Research released by Wiley-Blackwell this year.

This book represents a departure from recent works on this subject. It presents a comprehensive overview of current theories and practices relating to the assessment and treatment of sex offenders throughout the world, including the United States, Europe, and Australasia. The chapters cover all the major developments in the areas of risk assessment, treatment, and management, including controversial and rarely addressed issues, such as chemical castration and the ethics of sexual offender treatment and management. Unlike most books on this topic, which tend to represent the perspectives of those in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, this is a truly international and multi-disciplinary volume that integrates the Anglo-American and the European perspectives on sexual offender issues.

The project was supported by the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO).

Boer, D.P., Eher, R., Craig, L.A., Miner, M.H., & Phafflin, F. (Eds., 2011). International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: Theory, Practice and Research. West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley.


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