Ethical and Clinical Issues in Treating Non-Justice-Involved People with Pedophilia and/or Hebephilia

Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm ET
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training: $80.00
Additional CE Processing Fee: $18.00

CE Eligibility: NBCC clinical counselor, ASWB social work, MPA psychology

Treating non-offending individuals who have a sexual interest in children is gaining attention as a necessary approach in the prevention of child sexual abuse. To date, most treatment for individuals who have pedophilic and/or hebephilic interests happens only after abuse has occurred. With the increased efforts at using treatment to help people prevent acting on their interest has come ethical dilemmas regarding mandatory laws.

This workshop reviews what professionals need to know about individuals with pedophilia and/or hebephilia and who are not justice-involved. It examines their treatment needs and barriers to accessing services, including stigma by clinicians. The workshop discusses these topics in light of known risk factors for child sexual abuse and sexual recidivism as relevant treatment targets. The workshop focuses on strategies for engagement and explores several case examples of non-justice involved people with pedophilia and/or hebephilia seeking therapy. The workshop concludes with practical recommendations for clinical work with this client population (in light of the possible ethical dilemmas) and how this intersects with the various legal requirements and evidence-based considerations.

Attendees will be better able to:
1) Explain the difference between pedophilia and hebephilia, as well as the difference between paraphilias and paraphilic disorders
2) Explain the basic components of mandatory reporting laws and how these laws can differ from one region to the next
3) Summarize the ethical challenges associated with working with non-justice involved individuals with pedophilia and/or hebephilia
4) Evaluate the need for mandatory reporting based on case vignettes
5) Identify approaches and processes to address the ethical and legal requirements in working with non-justice involved individuals with pedophilia and/or hebephilia

You must purchase the training and the
Continuing Education credits separately

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm Eastern Time. The charge is $80. To be eligible for the CE credit hours, you must attend the entire live training, complete an evaluation form, and pay the $18.00 processing fee. The Continuing Education credit hours must be purchased separately.

See information below about purchasing CE credits. We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Clinical Counselor

Ethical and Clinical Issues in Treating Non-Justice-Involved People with Pedophilia and/or Hebephilia has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3623.

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The Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Social Work

Ethical and Clinical Issues in Treating Non-Justice-Involved People with Pedophilia and/or Hebephilia, Course #3523, 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: 03/26/2021 – 03/26/2023.

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CE Credits coordinated by Continuing Excellence, LLC


Ainslie Heasman, PhD, C.Psych
Clinical Forensic Psychologist

Dr. Ainslie Heasman, PhD, C.Psych is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist who is currently employed at the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario, as well as in private practice. Dr. Heasman and colleagues recently received a grant from the Canadian government to develop and implement the first secondary prevention program in Canada for non-justice involved individuals with a sexual interest in children. Her graduate school training in the United States afforded her the opportunity to work in a civil commitment setting and a state forensic hospital. Dr. Heasman also previously worked in provincial corrections at the Ontario Correctional Institute. She currently engages in risk assessment for sexual violence as well as group and individual therapy for sexual offending and paraphilic interests for mandated and non-mandated clients. Her research and clinical interests involve non-justice involved individuals with a sexual interest in children. Dr. Heasman has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. She is currently the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and an Associate Graduate Faculty member at Ontario Tech University.

Frequently Asked Questions

How and Where?
This course is offered online through Zoom. The course is didactic in nature with periodic interaction between presenter and participants. Participants are required to remain in attendance for the entire runtime (break time is given during the program). Throughout the training, attendees are allowed to ask the trainer(s) questions about the material. The trainers may also sometimes ask attendees to participate, but this is not required.

What do I have to do?
All you have to do is be logged in to Zoom once the training begins and stay with us the entire time (break time is given during the program). To receive credit, participants are also required to complete a brief evaluation form.

When I’m done, how do I get my credit?
After the live training is complete, a link to an evaluation form will be sent to you by email. Once we’ve verified you attended and reviewed your completed evaluation form, a certificate of completion will be processed. You will receive your certificate by email. This process usually takes no more than 2-3 weeks.

Registration Deadline?
24 hours before the scheduled start time of the program. (August 19, 2021, 11:00 AM Eastern time)

What kind of computer do I need?
Any device with internet capabilities, but we recommend either a desktop or a laptop, (Compatible with both Mac and Windows). A link to join the training will be sent to the email used during registration one day before the live event. If you would prefer to download the Zoom program prior to the event, it is available for download here:

Audience Level
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.

Special Accommodations Statement
Safer Society and Continuing Excellence are dedicated to meeting the needs of all attendees. Attendees will be provided with copies of the presenters’ materials (PowerPoint slides, images, etc.) for their own reference. Please note that our courses are offered online through an interactive live-feed. Closed captions will be available for this training. If you are interested in attending this training but have a special accommodations request, please contact us prior to registration by email ( or phone at (802) 247-3132.

Comments 2

  1. Is this offered digitally to watch later this weekend? I would really like to see it. If not, thank you very much for offering it.

    1. Angel, to make sure you get a response in a timely way, I’ve sent you an email with the answer to your question. Thank you.

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