Cultivating a career in working with sexual offenders is achievable and can be done in a variety of ways. During my training, I was understandably not permitted to hold these cases directly. My Practice Development Assessor knew that was my area of interest and nurtured that, allowing me to read her cases and to occasionally accompany her to prison visits. Once qualified, I decided to go straight into a Public Protection Team working with exclusively high-risk offenders.
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Warning: This story contains discussion and description of sexual abuse, assault and trauma. When Jay first came into the program, he was asked — as all members were — to share his offense with the group. One night several months into his treatment, I had a dream. We were in the middle of group therapy. Jay got up, strode across the middle of the group and picked me up with my arms pinned to my sides.