Assessing and Treating Adults Who Sexually Abuse

Credit: Earn up to 30 CE hours from five trainings
Format: Live interactive training offered via Zoom
Registration Deadline: October 10, 2023

Cost of Course & CE Certificates: $800
(a savings of $100)
CE Eligibility: Psychology and Counseling

This 30-hour online intensive and interactive course is designed for practitioners in the field of assessing and treating adults who have sexually abused others who wish to expand and revitalize their knowledge and skills. It is also useful for Certified Sex offender Treatment Providers (CSOTPs) in the states that have certification.

This course is a collection of five 6-hour trainings designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of assessing and treating adults with harmful sexual behaviors. Each training is offered individually or you may register for the entire course and receive a discount and additional resources.

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Learn more about the individual trainings included in this course below.

The Fundamentals of Sex Offense-Specific Treatment

Dr. Ballinger discusses the importance of effective sex offense-specific treatment programs. These programs consider the risk of re-offense, treatment needs, and the individual’s response to treatment. The training provides information on how to help clients understand and manage their dynamic risk factors and sexual impulses. It offers practical guidance on using treatment to reduce future offending risk by developing positive approach goals. It also suggests supplementing treatment with skills-based therapeutic interventions and maintaining a sex-positive attitude.

How Risk/Need Assessment Informs and Enhances Case Planning

Katherine Gotch discusses foundational knowledge on risk assessment and treatment needs to prevent re-offense by adults. Over the past three decades, research has identified risk factors associated with criminality, violence, and sexual offense recidivism, leading to specialized risk assessment tools. The session provides insight into understanding risk and protective factors, their role in treatment, and their impact on a client’s life. It emphasizes the importance of accurate, research-informed risk formulations for effective case planning and treatment. Gotch also covers psychopathy, childhood adversity/trauma, and special populations.

Treatment with Adults Who Have Sexually Abused

David Prescott provides foundational knowledge on treatment for adults who have sexually. The training covers effective treatment components, understanding and motivating clients, and treatment frameworks like Motivational Interviewing and the Good Lives Model. It also discusses trauma-informed care and fidelity in treatment approach. Prescott explains how the pursuit of “primary human goods” or “good life goals” can serve as motivators for sexual abuse by adults.

Group Therapy for Adults Who Have Sexually Abused

Steven Sawyer emphasizes that group therapy is not just about treating many clients simultaneously but also about creating high-functioning treatment groups that enhance outcomes. Sawyer covers topics like group cohesion, therapeutic alliance, and member interactions. He also provides guidance on how to maintain a well-defined structure for an effective group atmosphere and handle various scenarios and challenges, such as knowing when to intervene without disrupting group processes.

Community Management of People Who Have Sexually Abused and the Challenges of Working with Special-Needs Clients

Dr. Wilson discusses two main topics: community management of sexual violence risk and working with special-needs clients. He critiques traditional risk management methods like sex offender registries, GPS monitoring, and residency restrictions, and suggests exploring more effective approaches. The second part focuses on the challenges of working with special-needs clients, discussing risk and need assessment methods, treatment adaptation strategies, and balancing client and community needs and rights.

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.

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