A New Approach to EMDR and the Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behavior

Date: Friday, October 13, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET /
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT
Format: Live interactive training offered via Zoom
Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F

Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours
Cost of training and CE certificate: $120.00
CE Eligibility: Psychology, Counseling, Social Work

To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

Research shows that individuals who sexually offend have higher levels of adverse childhood experiences than either the general population or other criminal populations. Often, these experiences lead to challenges in regulating emotion, and in forming intimate relationships, healthy sexual attitudes and beliefs, and prosocial attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. These challenges can contribute to sex offending as well as problems with repetitive, compulsive sexual behavior.

This training examines how the Adaptive Information Processing mechanism inherent in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can help clients to manage elements that contributed to their offending. It introduces the Offense Driver Model (ODM), which is derived from five extant models in the sex offending literature. The ODM provides a systematic way to conceptualize and identify relevant treatment targets. This model considers emotions/affect, personality features, reactive dynamics, unconscious elements, and cognitions that can be activated when clients are exposed to environmental or situational cues.

Case examples will illustrate the process of identifying offense-driving treatment targets for resolution. 

Training topics include:
1) Attachment styles and their role in problematic sexual behaviors.
2) Pathways to hypersexuality.
3) Offense Driver Model as a way to clarify dynamic risk factors.
4) Overview of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) and how it can address offense drivers.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be better able to:
1) Describe why assessing a client’s attachment style is foundational to effective case conceptualization for those who have caused sexual harm.
2) Define the Offense Driver Model.
3) Explain the function of Adaptive Information Processing in the EMDR therapy process.
4) Explain the offense driver parallel process when applying therapeutic interventions.
5) Utilize case conceptualization and treatment planning to address etiological, root causes. 

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm. The charge is $120. Each registration includes a certificate, whether it be for CE credits hours or for attendance. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

A New Approach to EMDR and the Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behavior has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4304.

A New Approach to EMDR and the Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behavior, Course #5157, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Continuing Excellence LLC as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 08/17/2023 – 08/17/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 4 clinical continuing education credits.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC
Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

Ronald J. Ricci, Ph.D.
VA Certified SO Treatment Provider

Ronald J. Ricci, PhD, is a Virginia Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Certified EMDR Approved Consultant. He holds a Governor appointed seat on the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Assessment Board (SOAB). He is a Fellow of the Association for the Treatment & Prevention of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). He served as Clinical Director for Sex Offender Services and served as adjunct clinical faculty training graduate students. He provides clinical consultation for adolescent, adult, outpatient, and residential programs. He specializes in the treatment and research of individuals who have caused sexual harm, with a particular interest in trauma effects and EMDR therapy about which he has presented and published nationally and internationally.

Additional Information

This training is for professionals working with people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level
Intermediate to Advanced

The presenter does not have published materials related to the training from which they may benefit financially.

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