Clients’ Personal Histories – Collecting Helpful Information

Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm (EST)
Credit: 2 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training & CE credits: $60.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology, NBCC Counseling, ASWB 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.

Client self-disclosure of personal history is essential to assessment, treatment, and the development of plans for preventing further harm to others. This workshop explores methods for helping clients to explore their lives, including through the use of a structured workbook. The workshop emphasizes how client disclosure can yield information about the individual’s strengths, attachment style, and amenability to treatment. It further introduces the Your Personal History workbook and provides a summary of the workbook’s content and purpose. The training will describe and illustrate the workbook’s use as a data collection tool for intake or assessment. It will also focus on using the workbook as a series of pretreatment exercises that build treatment readiness and the self-reflection mindset necessary for optimal treatment participation.

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Facilitate client self-disclosure in the treatment of sexual aggression
2) Collect data for comprehensive assessments using a personal history workbook
3) Employ personal history information in preparation for abuse-specific treatment.
4) Incorporate a client’s history into pre-treatment self-assessment of personal strengths, attachment style, openness to treatment change.

Two Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 1:00 pm. The charge is $60. 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 is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Clients’ Personal Histories – Collecting helpful information has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3681.

Clients’ Personal Histories – Collecting helpful information, Course #3735, 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: 07/21/2021 – 07/21/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 2 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

All participants will receive a free copy of Your Personal History, the new workbook by Steven Sawyer. However, in order to ensure you get the workbook prior to the live training, please register two weeks in advance.

This workbook is not required for the training.

Steven Sawyer
Founder and President, Sawyer Solutions, LLC

Steven Sawyer, MSSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and is founder and President of Sawyer Solutions, LLC, a private clinical and consulting practice. He was a founding board member and Executive Director of a local non-profit treatment agency in Minnesota where he served for 17 years, a founding board member and past chapter president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MNATSA), a past board member of ATSA, and is a past board member and chair of the Minnesota Board of Social Work. He currently provides clinical and consultation services to individuals, families and organizations. He serves as a consultant to catholic religious orders on matters of sexual abuse prevention, and management and personnel issues, and provides clinical supervision services for State employees. He has given lectures and trainings locally and nationally to public and professional groups about sexual offender treatment and sexual abuse prevention. He has published more than 18 articles and book chapters on a program for men who use prostitutes, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, group therapy with adults who sexually offend, sex dysfunction in sex offenders, and treatment program outcome research. Over the past 33 years he has facilitated or observed more than 4000 hours of group therapy, has assessed and treated hundreds of men who have committed sexual crimes, and has supervised the treatment of several thousand men in sexual offender treatment.

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
Intermediate to Advanced.

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.

Comments 3

  1. I am a member of the Board of Project Abraham,, a Canadian charity which supports Yazidi refugees in Totonto.
    I am an international lawyer ( First Secretary of the International Court of Justice) and former Refugee Judge.
    I am now preparing a course on interviewing methods to help Yazidi women speak about their experiences with Daesh rapists and killers.
    Could you help?

  2. I cannot participate tomorrow but I need to know when you will be giving the seminar again: I work with Yazidi women who were raped many times by ISIS and we need their testimonies to sue the perpetrators. See my papers on
    Thank you
    Barrister and Solicitor
    PhD in Law

    1. Emmanuel,

      This training is more for clinicians working with abusers/offenders and would not be very useful for gathering the testimonies of the women you work with.

      Thank you for that good work, and thank you for your interest in our training.

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