The Circles of Support & Accountability (CoSA) model has grown significantly from its humble beginnings as an ad hoc response to those difficult scenarios in which clients at high risk to sexually offend are released to an intolerant community. In this unique restorative approach, professionally-supported community members volunteer time to assist clients at high risk as they attempt to reintegrate into society after release. The CoSA model has provided hope that communities can assist in risk management, the end results being greater safety for potential victims and increased accountability for people released from prison after sentencing for sexually abusive conduct. CoSA groups have been established throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and other jurisdictions. Peer-reviewed research has shown that involvement in CoSA can result in significant reductions in recidivism. Recent research has also highlighted the additive effect of CoSA and show that Circles form a valuable component of the community-based, partnership model of sexual violence prevention. Communities with CoSA groups exhibit greater tolerance of released offenders in their midst while feeling more empowered to participate in the risk management process. In this training, participants will have the opportunity to gain understanding of a wide variety of concepts associated with the professionally-facilitated, volunteer-driven community management of clients who persistently sexually abuse.
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