Best Practices for the Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Harmful Behavior

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Time: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
Format: Live interactive training offered via Zoom
Hosted by: Katherine Gotch, LPC, CCSOT, ATSA-F

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

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.

This workshop will examine the evolution of how professionals have understood young people who engage in sexually harmful behavior. It will also explore the treatment we provide for sexually abusive behavior by adolescents. Current practices (including those reflected in ATSA’s 2017 adolescent practice guidelines) are substantially different now than the assessment and treatment methods that first guided treatment. We’ve seen a realignment of the ideas and beliefs that drive assessment, treatment, and case management, and the way we think about the young people with whom we work. We’ve not only seen clear and distinct shifts away from the model of adult treatment, but have recognized that many of the most important aspects of assessment and treatment involve our awareness of and sensitivity to the developmental and contextual issues that surround juvenile sexually abusive behavior. Assessment and treatment have become far more nuanced than was formerly the case, recognizing the complexity and wholeness of our clients and their behavior, and the factors, many of which lie in the social environment rather than “within” the child or adolescent, that contribute to, trigger, and maintain or reinforce behavioral problems, including sexually abusive behavior.

Topics to be covered include:
1) Treatment of the whole individual
2) Person-first language in treatment
3) Elements of treatment for sexually abusive behavior
4) The practice of evidence-based/ best practices sexual-behavior specific treatment
5) The therapeutic relationship and collaboration in treatment
6) Treatment in the ecological environment
7) Approaches to sexual-behavior-specific treatment with adolescents
8) Therapeutic process and content in the treatment of sexually abusive
9) Adolescent sexual risk assessment

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Explain contemporary approaches to the treatment of adolescent sexually abusive behavior.
2) Utilize a Best Practices approach to the treatment of adolescent sexually abusive behavior
3) Explain those elements of treatment central to a contemporary model of treatment for adolescents who engage in sexually abusive behavior 
4) Create strong and effective therapeutic alliances in their treatment of adolescent sexually harmful behavior 
5) Apply ATSA’s 2017 adolescent guidelines to their own professional practices
6) Describe key differences between adult and adolescent models of treatment

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.

Best Practices for the Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Harmful 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-4177.

Best Practices for the Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Harmful Behavior: How Our Practice Has Changed, Course #3918, 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. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 01/07/2022 – 01/07/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical continuing education credits.

Notice to providers of New Jersey SW Continuing Education:
• ACE individual course approval meets the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for individual course approval pursuant to NJ Code 13:44G-6.4.16.
• Participation in the ASWB ACE Course Approval Program requires that the provider abide by all of the criteria set forth by New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13 Chapter 44 G Subchapter 6.

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

Phil Rich, Ed.D., LICSW
Private Practice

Phil Rich presents, trains, and consults nationally and internationally, specializing in work with children with problematic sexual behavior and adolescents and young adults who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior. He holds a doctorate in applied behavioral and organizational studies and a master’s degree in social work, and has been a licensed independent clinical social worker for almost 40 years. Phil served for 13 years as the Clinical Director of a large residential treatment program for children, adolescents, and young adults who have engaged in sexually abusive or sexually troubled behavior, and has been the Program or Clinical Director of six residential or day treatment programs. Phil is the author of four books that address work with sexually abusive youth, as well as multiple contributed chapters and articles, and a series of inter-related workbooks for youth in treatment for sexually problematic behavior, now in their second edition. He is a fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, served as the juvenile practice representative on the ATSA Executive Board, and was the founding chair of ATSA’s juvenile practice committee.

Additional Information

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

Content Level
All Levels

The presenter has published materials related to this training from which they may benefit financially.

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