Assignment 5: Sexual Offending Risk Assessment
Risk assessment is the process of forensic mental health professionals for determining the risk that a sex offender presents to the community at large.
Using resources from the professional literature, research risk assessment tools used with the sex offender population. The literature may include the Argosy University online library resources, relevant textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu and .gov).
In a 3- to 4-page paper in a Microsoft Word document, address the following:
Identify two reasons that a forensic mental health professional would be called to complete a risk assessment for a sex offender.
Explain why risk assessment measures are widely used with the sex offender population. What do assessment measures hope to achieve?
Describe two types of risk assessment instruments or methods utilized with the sex offender population. What is the research support for utilization of these instruments?
Discuss the reasons that a sex offender is compared to other sex offenders when conducting a sex offender risk assessment.
Identify one or more specific risk assessment measures utilized for female sex offenders.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Identified two reasons that a forensic mental health professional would be called to complete a risk assessment for a sex offender.
Explained why risk assessment measures are widely used with the sex offender population and what they aim to achieve.
Described two types of risk assessment instruments that are utilized with the sex offender population and the associated research.
Discussed the reasons that a sex offender is compared to other sex offenders when conducting a sex offender risk assessment.
Identified one or more specific risk assessment measures utilized for female sex offenders.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument
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