Evidenced-Based Community Supervision of Individuals Convicted of Sexual Crimes: Applying RNR and Trauma-Informed Principles in Your Practice

Jurisdictions in many countries have implemented supervision strategies that align with the principles of effective correctional rehabilitation. However, due to public scrutiny, it is not always clear how to effectively apply RNR to supervision decisions or how to incorporate RNR and TIC into practices that are primarily aimed at reducing the risk of re-offense. This online training addresses how to effectively integrate RNR, TIC, and risk reduction practices.

Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults With Problematic Behaviors

After a brief overview, this training explores strategies for identifying and exploring client goals that may not seem evident, particularly among those who are not fully engaged in treatment. It reviews four micro-skills and specific techniques involving scaling questions and options menus for engaging clients and focusing on personally meaningful and relevant goals. It reviews the less-obvious ways that clients indicate that they are considering making changes to their lives and offers skills for strengthening commitment to treatment goals.

How to Align Treatment Programs with Best Practices

This online training guides professionals working with adults in a community or residential setting who have committed a sexual offense through the process of assessing a program and making the necessary adjustments to ensure that the program offers top-quality services and a safe therapeutic environment. McGrath begins the training by reviewing the evidence for effective treatments by asking what works, with whom, using what interventions, in what settings, and for what outcomes. He then discusses best practice resources and strategies, providing a roadmap for program design decisions.

Cultural and Language Inclusivity in Adult Psychosexual Evaluations

This workshop focuses on how to incorporate cultural and person-first language considerations into adult Psychosexual Evaluations (PSEs). It provides a brief review of the principles of risk, need, and responsivity, culture-related definitions and concepts, the Hays ADDRESSING framework, and the American Psychological Association’s Inclusive Language Guidelines. This training also addresses intersectionality, consensual non-monogamy, and kink culture. It offers strategies for preparing evaluations, selecting appropriate tools, interviewing, scoring, and report writing. Anonymized and fictional case examples will be discussed. Questions and case examples are highly encouraged.

Treating Intimate Partner Violence

This training looks at important considerations when working with clients who perpetrate IPV while ensuring the safety of those suffering the abuse. The session will explore the definitions and dynamics of IPV and domestic violence and review the guiding principles of effective intervention. It provides prevalence statistics and dispels myths about IPV. Treatment approaches will be introduced, intended to end the harmful behavior, but always with the goal of applying measures that will protect the victim from further harm.

Using the Becoming Who I Want to Be Workbooks for Adolescents with Problematic Behaviors

The Becoming Who I Want to Be workbooks for young men and women were designed for professionals working with youths with problematic behaviors toward others. The workbooks were written to be fun and engaging for clients whose adverse childhood experiences and problem behaviors have caused them to fall behind academically, socially, and interpersonally. Based on the Good Lives Model (GLM), the workbooks assist clinicians working with adolescents and young people whose behaviors have caused harm to others (including sexual and non-sexual violence).

Online Training: How to Optimize Successful Sex Offending Treatment with the Road to Freedom Program

This four-hour training explores implementing a program based on the 4th edition of the workbook, The Road to Freedom, for people who have committed sexual offenses. The RTF4 program is strengths-based, client-centered, trauma-informed, and based on the principles of risk, need, and responsivity. The training focuses on using the workbook in treatments that aim to reduce dynamic risk. Dr. Levenson will further discuss the RTF4 sex offending treatment goals in the context of facilitating broader change in clients’ lives. For instance, the training will provide information on enabling client accountability (not simply offense culpability), understanding the development of the problematic behavior (with a focus on developmental trauma), addressing problematic cognitive schemas about self and others (not just distortions about sexual abuse), enhancing general, sexual, and emotional self-regulation skills (which translates to relapse prevention), engaging in positive relationship-building and healthy communication skills (reducing intimacy deficits), and improving the ability to be empathic and understand the perspectives of others. The training provides a review of the RTF4 chapters and exercises and offers ideas for incorporating the workbook into group and individual therapy sessions. Participants will learn how to individualize the program in a client-centered way, and how to utilize workbook topics to facilitate engagement and progress in treatment. The workshop will allow ample time for discussion. 

Online Training: Conducting Sexual Abuser Risk of Sexual Harm to Children Assessments Using the ROSAC

Mental health, corrections, and child protective services professionals are commonly asked to assess the risk that a person who has sexual abused poses to a specific child and under what circumstances, if any, the abuser might safely be allowed to have contact with the child. The Risk of Sexual Abuse of Children (ROSAC: McGrath, Allin, & Cumming, 2015) is a structured professional judgment assessment instrument for conducting these types of risk of sexual abuse assessments. 

Online Training: Practical Application of the Good Lives Model

The Good Lives Model (GLM) has become a popular approach to the treatment of people who sexually abuse; however, substantial variation has been observed in its practical application. This three-hour online training focuses on how programs and therapists can best integrate the GLM into treatment with persons who have sexually abused. It is suitable for treatment providers and program administrators working in prison, civil commitment, and community-based settings who wish to integrate the GLM.