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SOTIPS

Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS)

The SOTIPS is a dynamic risk instrument used to assess risk, treatment and supervision needs, and progress among adult male sex offenders. It is composed of 16 dynamic risk factors that are scored at intake and thereafter every six months on a 4-point scale ranging from minimal to no need for improvement to very considerable need for improvement. The SOTIPS is designed for use by trained mental health professionals and probation and parole officers. Ideally, the SOTIPS should be used in combination with a static risk measure such as VASOR-2 or Static-99R. The SOTIPS Manual is available for use at no cost. 

PowerPoint Overview

For a brief PowerPoint overview about the SOTIPS, Click Here.

Manual

McGrath, R. J., Cumming, G. F., & Lasher, M. P. (2013). Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) Manual. Middlebury, VT: Author. Download SOTIPS Manual.

Coding Sheet

Download SOTIPS Coding Sheet.

Recent SOTIPS Training Sponsors

  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Probation and Pretrial Services
  • Alaska Department of Corrections
  • Arkansas Department of corrections
  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers 
  • Cameron and Willacy County Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department
  • Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior
  • Colorado Department of Corrections
  • Colorado Division of Probation Services and Colorado Division of Parole
  • Connecticut Department of Corrections and Court Services 
  • DuPage County Illinois Probation and Court Services
  • Global Institute for Forensic Research 
  • Iowa Department of Correctional Services
  • Maine Department of Corrections
  • Maricopa County Arizona Probation Department
  • Massachusetts Office of Mental Health 
  • Massachusetts Probation Service
  • Missouri Mental Health Center and Missouri Sex Offender Civil Commitment Program
  • Missouri Probation and Parole Department
  • New Hampshire Department of Corrections
  • New York City Probation Department 
  • Vermont Department of Corrections
  • Vermont Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Wisconsin Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

SOTIPS Training Workshop  

This one-day workshop focuses on using case studies to learn how to score and use the SOTIPS. The SOTIPS is a 16 item, provider-administered, dynamic measure designed to aid clinicians and probation and parole officers in assessing risk, treatment and supervision needs, and progress among adult male sex offenders. The theory and research support for the scale will be reviewed briefly as well. The workshop will include how to use the scale with a static risk measure such as the Static-99R or VASOR-2. 

This one-day training is also taught as a live 8-hour webinar through the Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR). For information, Click Here. 

Train the Trainer Workshop  

This two-day workshop is for up to 12 trainees who have completed an authorized SOTIPS training and at least 10 SOTIPS assessments on individuals who have committed a sexual offense. On day one, trainees review SOTIPS scoring criteria, the SOTIPS Trainer Manual, training tips, and frequently asked questions. Also on day one, trainees conduct a mock SOTIPS training and receive feedback from one of the SOTIPS co-developers. On day two, trainees deliver a one-day SOTIPS training to agency staff. Based upon training competency, trainees will be authorized to train staff at their agency. 

Research Reports

Lasher, M. P., & McGrath, R. J. (2016). Desistance from sexual and other violent offending among child sexual abusers: Observations using the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS). Criminal Justice and Behavior. Published online September 29, 2016. Download Paper.

Lasher, M. P., McGrath, R. J., Cumming G. F., & Wilson, D. (2015). Collaborative treatment planning using the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS): Concordance of therapist evaluation and client self-evaluation. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 14, 1-9. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Lasher, M. P., & Cumming, G. F. (2012). The Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS): Psychometric properties and incremental validity with the Static-99R. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 24, 431-458. Download Paper.

McGrath, R. J., Lasher, M. P., & Cumming, G. F. (2011). A model of static and dynamic sex offender risk assessment (Document No. 236217). Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice. Download Report.

Stinson, J. D., Becker, J. V., & McVay, L. A. (2015). Treatment progress and behavior change following 2 years of inpatient treatment: A pilot investigation of safe offender strategies. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Published online first February 19, 2015. Download Abstract.