International Journal of Social Policy & Education

ISSN 2689-4998 (print), 2689-5013 (online)

Factors That May Predict a Counselor’s Willingness Towards Working with Sex Offenders

Shirin Khosravi, Joy Teles Oliveira, LaVelle Hendricks, Dimitra Smith and Zaidy MohdZain


The purpose of this study was to determine which factors contribute to counseling students’ willingness towards working with persons who have committed sexual offenses. Using an online survey consisting of demographic questions, Attitudes Towards Sexual Offenders (ATTSO) scale, and Competency Assessment Inventory (CAI) scale. The research covered in this study addressed the following research question: Is there a specific combination of factors that predict counseling students’ future willingness towards working with clients who have committed sexual offenses? Results from this study show that counselors who are willing to counsel sexual offenders find that treatment is effective.