The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

Sex Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities: A Brief Introduction   (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Amanda (Mandy) Fenrich, MA

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of sex offenders with intellectual disabilities.
  • Explore the risk assessment tools used for sex offenders with intellectual disabilities.
  • Examine treatment adaptions for sex offenders with intellectual disabilities
  • Explore possible barriers or challenges sex offenders with intellectual disabilities face in the criminal justice system and institutional settings


Research suggests there may be additional challenges for sex offenders with intellectual disabilities who are entangled in the criminal justice system. In this session, the presenter will provide an introductory overview of sex offenders with intellectual disabilities and discuss some of the risk assessment tools currently used with this population.  In addition, attendees will learn about treatment adaptations sex offenders with intellectual disabilities need to help them learn treatment concepts, risk factors, and interventions. Evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will also be explored in this presentation.

Presenter Biography:

Amanda (Mandy) Fenrich, Ph.D., M-CAPS, obtained her Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Mental Health and her Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.  She completed her Ph.D. in the Advanced Studies of Human Behavior from Capella University. Mandy is the Associate Director for Project Pathfinder, Inc., a community sex offender treatment program. Previously, she worked for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program with individuals who are a "sexual psychopathic personality," a "sexually dangerous person," or both.  She also worked as a Psychology Associate for the Washington State Department of Corrections Sex Offender Treatment and Assessment Program (SOTAP) providing sex offender treatment to individuals at the Special Offender Unit (SOU), a residential treatment unit for individuals with serious mental illness. She also has experience providing treatment to sex offenders with intellectual disabilities and is one of the authors who created an adapted sex offender treatment manual for this population.  Mandy‚Äôs previous experience includes working as a Community Corrections Officer, where she supervised offenders in the Special Needs Unit with various mental health needs.

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