The Montana Sex Offender Treatment Association is composed of a number of highly respected professionals throughout the state. This presently includes professionals from a variety of disciplines including the judicial, criminal justice, and social service systems.
All members of the association are held to ethical standards which are outlined in the Code of Ethics of the Montana Sex Offender Treatment Association. Currently, MSOTA has over 50 active members. The association has a number of committees to address specific concerns including: Legislative, Ethics, Membership, Evaluation/Treatment Standards and Education. Membership falls into three categories.
MSOTA Clinical Members are professionals who are qualified to perform independent evaluations of sex offenders as well as direct treatment. Members are required, at a minimum, to have a master’s degree in social work, psychology, or counseling and an appropriate state license to perform mental health therapy. They are required to have 2000 hours of supervised experience in the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders. They must pass written and oral examinations and submit work samples which are reviewed by the membership committee.
MSOTA Associates are mental health professionals who are not certified as a clinical member or professionals who perform non-therapeutic services in working within the field of sexual abuse. This includes case management, probation and parole, social services, etc. Associates are required to apply for membership and must provide letters of recommendation as well as documentation of education and training.
A number of individuals from a variety of professions help comprise the Board (e.g., attorneys, judges, mental health professionals.) Board members serve two year terms. The board serves to provide additional input, support, and direction to the association.