DeClue, G. (2006, September 11). Should States Require Special Certification for Psychologists Who Work with Sex Offenders? WebPsychEmpiricist. Retrieved September 11, 2006, from

Psychological evaluation and treatment of sex offenders affect public safety. Some have recommended that state legislatures and/or state psychology licensing boards implement special rules or laws restricting which psychologists can do this work. Although perhaps well intended, these recommendations would do more harm than good. If implemented, such rules and laws would unnecessarily restrict the practice of psychology without benefiting public safety. Ordinary psychology licensing laws and rules and existing ethical guidelines, are sufficient to guide competent practice and, when necessary, to sanction psychologists who practice incompetently.

Download the pdf