The Sexual Abuse Clinic Completes Partnership with Oregon Health Sciences University
In the first collaboration of its kind, The Sexual Abuse Clinic partnered with Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and its Department of Psychiatry to offer fellows in forensic psychiatry an opportunity to learn first-hand about the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. This program was established by SAC founder and former director, Barry Maletzky, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and was under the direction of OHSU faculty members Landy Sparr, M.D. and Donald Rosen, M.D., both professors in the Department of Psychiatry. The program, nationally accredited, was the first of its kind to incorporate formal training in the evaluation and treatment of sexual behavior problems into a residency and fellowship rotation.
By having fellows and faculty members involved with our clinic, SAC clients and staff derived twin benefits: We learned about the latest advances in psychiatry and medical treatments while our clients received comprehensive evaluations to determine if they could benefit from medication. If so, they received medications and follow-up on site. This unique collaboration allowed SAC staff to acquaint forensic fellows with the latest advances in the assessment of risk for sexual offenders, the newest cognitive and behavioral treatment methods in use, and the importance of an integrated approach to such treatment. No psychiatric program in this country has, thus far, incorporated such information and experience into fellowship training.
As a result, we are hopeful that psychiatrists in the future will become more aware of the need to regard sexual offending as a serious but treatable public health problem. By involving physicians in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, we are hopeful that our clinic can continue to contribute to an eventual reduction in the harm such offending can cause to victims and families in our communities.
This program was successfully concluded in 2010 but we are evaluating whether to renew it.
Please feel free to contact us for a free initial appointment to see if our therapists are the right match for your problems. (Note: This does not apply to individual evaluations or testing for professionally-referred cases).
Sexual Abuse Clinic sponsors free annual workshops for related
professionals focusing on the assessment and treatment of sexual
offenders. We are happy to provide education, training and consultation
to your organization or group as requested.