How to Approach Colleagues with Ethical Concerns

Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F
Guest Speakers: Janet DiGiorgio-Miller PhD, Deirdre Dorazio PhD, Jill Levenson PhD, LCSW, Becky Palmer

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET/
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PT

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Join us for an insightful webinar featuring four distinguished current and former Chairs of the Association for the Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse’s Ethics Committee. This webinar delves into a common concern among practitioners: navigating ethically challenging situations with colleagues.

Codes of ethics emphasize the importance of attempting to resolve conflicts prior to filing complaints, but this can often be a difficult task to accomplish.

During the webinar, the speakers provide valuable insights gained from years of experience in helping professionals address ethical dilemmas. They also share practical strategies for approaching and resolving conflicts in line with ethical codes, and learn how to effectively navigate complex ethical challenges in your professional journey.

Janet DiGiorgio-Miller, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice

Dr. Janet DiGiorgio-Miller is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New Jersey. She conducts evaluations and treatment for sex offenders.  She has over thirty years of clinical experience in working with adolescents and families. She has been a frequent presenter both locally and nationally on various topics including reunification, relationship issues and mindfulness. Dr. DiGiorgio-Miller has publications in the field of sexual offending including research on emotional variables and deviant sexual fantasies in adolescent sex offenders. Dr. DiGiorgio-Miller also has publications regarding mindfulness and sexual offending. She published a self-help book for young adults called “A Great Relationship & Then Some.” Dr. DiGiorgio-Miller was past president and secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, (NJATSA) and has served on the board for many years. She is a Representative At Large on the ATSA Board of Directors. She is the Chair of the ATSA Ethics Committees. Dr. DiGiorgio-Miller is on the Child and Adolescent Committee and the Chair of the Best Practices Subcommittee. 

Deirdre Dorazio, PhD
Executive Board Member, Assistant Chief Psychologist, CA Department of State Hospitals

Dr. Deirdre D’Orazio is a clinical and forensic psychologist in state service and private practice. She is employed by the California Department of State Hospitals where she has held a variety of positions over the past twenty-two years servicing forensically committed individuals, including as director of the sexual offense treatment program and evaluation services, civil commitment evaluator, and currently as Assistant Chief Psychologist with the Community Forensic Partnerships division. She is president of the California Association for Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse and sits on the leadership boards for the California Sex Offender Management Board, the Sexual Offender Civil Commitment Network, and the California Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Dr. D’Orazio is a recipient of the Fay Honey Knopp award by the California Coalition on Sexual Offending for positive and sustained contributions to the field of sexual offense intervention. Dr. D’Orazio has publications, professional trainings, media interviews and research in the areas of sexual offense risk assessment, paraphilic disorders, best practices in sexual offense specific treatment, sexual abuse disclosures, abuse prevention, and professional ethics and supervision. Dr. D’Orazio has provided program evaluation and development consultancy internationally and evaluations, expert witness testimony, and direct treatment services for more than 2,000 individuals that have perpetrated or been harmed by violent or sexual crimes. She holds psychologist licenses in California, Minnesota, and North Dakota and is a certified trainer for multiple risk assessment tools.

Jill Levenson PhD, LCSW
Professor, School of Social Work, Barry University

Dr. Jill Levenson is a Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL. She is a SAMHSA-trained trauma-informed care instructor, and has published 6 books and over 120 articles, many about sex-offending treatment and trauma-informed care. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Justice,  the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the CDC. Dr. Levenson is a licensed clinical social worker who has provided clinical and forensic services in South Florida for over 30 years. In 2019 Dr. Levenson was the recipient of ATSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and was also named by the Journal of Social Science Research as one of the nation’s top 100 Social Work Scholars. She has provided TIC trainings in more than 20 states, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Becky Palmer

Becky Palmer, MS is currently in practice as a private consultant and trainer. Formerly the Sr. VP of Clinical at Alternative Behavior Treatment Centers.  Ms. Palmer did her post-graduate training in marriage and family therapy at the Institute for Juvenile Research (the University of Illinois) where she had been adjunct faculty in the Family Systems Program.  Ms. Palmer previously was adjunct faculty at Illinois School of Professional Psychology where she taught Psychotherapy of the Sex Offender and Abusive Family Systems.  Ms. Palmer has presented trainings and workshops, both regionally, nationally, and internationally on marital therapy with survivors of sexual abuse, parenting sexually abused and reactive children, working with abusive family systems, sex offender treatment and evaluation, ethics, family reintegration and compassion fatigue.  Ms. Palmer has also consulted with religious organizations when there has been abuse by clergy or within the church community.  Becky’s trainings have been provided to an array of groups and individuals in the professional service field, such as court personnel, probation/parole officers, attorneys, judges, foster parents, childcare workers and other therapists.  Ms. Palmer has also made several media appearances in Chicago to help educate the public about sexual abuse.  

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