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

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Length of Training: 4 hours
Cost of Training and Certificate of Completion: $80

Purchase price includes access to training video and material for 10 days. Participants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Please note: This training is not eligible for CE credits.

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,
  • understanding the development of the problematic behavior,
  • addressing problematic cognitive schemas about self and others,
  • enhancing general, sexual, and emotional self-regulation skills,
  • engaging in positive relationship-building and healthy communication skills, 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.

Topics to be covered include:
1) The Road to Freedom program structure
2) Suggestions for implementation
3) Client/case conceptualization of Risks, Needs, & Responsivity
4) Goals & exercises
5) Successful completion & graduation
6) Group facilitation skills

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Utilize RTF4 in an interactive, individualized way to facilitate completion of treatment goals.
2) Target & address individual client risks, needs, & strengths through use of workbook exercises.
3) Adapt the structure of the RTF4 program to help clients progress at their own comfortable pace (responsivity).
4) Describe strategies for risk reduction through positive improvements in functioning related to accountability, self-regulation, empathy, relational patterns, and cognitive schema.
5) Strengthen group facilitation skills using a strengths-based approach in the context of risk-needs-responsivity principles of correctional rehabilitation.

Four Hours of Training

The training session runs for four hours. The charge is $80. Each registration includes a certificate for attendance. To be eligible for a certificate, you must watch the training, complete a quiz, and submit an evaluation form.

Access to training materials and video will last for 10 days following the payment of the registration fee. All registrants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Training registration fees are non-refundable.

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

Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW, has been working in the sexual abuse field for over 30 years as a professor, researcher, and treatment provider. She has published extensively about sex-offense treatment. In 2019 she was named in the Journal of Social Service Research as one of the top 100 social work scholars in North America and was 2019 the recipient of ATSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is a SAMHSA-trained trauma-informed care instructor and has conducted trainings in clinical, forensic, and correctional settings in over 20 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia.

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 the training from which they may benefit financially.

Comments 4

    1. Post

      Thank you for your inquiry, Ashlee!

      The Road to Freedom is a workbook for adults, so you may not find it helpful if working with young clients. Below are upcoming trainings that are related to working with young clients.

      If you have any further questions, please let us know!

      Kind regards,

      Sarah Snow Haskell
      Director of Operations

  1. I have a copy of an earlier edition that I have used with clients. Many if not most of my clients have difficulty with general reading, comprehension and/or are just very slow at reading and remembering what they have read as it is something they don’t like to do. Some are very skilled with math and/or mechanics. Many are very concrete thinkers and yet simple analogies did seem to help. Years ago, I put together class materials (outlines and pictures) which did not require so much reading so they would not miss the forest by being overwhelmed by the trees. I retired very suddenly for a few years and I think a helpful person threw out these materials. Now I find myself back at square one, with manuals with a lot of reading.

    That being said, I am wondering if the new version is tailored with more simple materials, more focused on the key points or using pictures or outlines rather than being as “wordy” as the former manual. I also bought a manual for “developmentally delayed” which unfortunately is too limited, although I have used some things such as the ladder to trouble, but not much else.

    Thank you so much for any information or suggestions that you can provide.

    1. Gloria,

      The 4th Edition of Road to Freedom is longer and is not aimed at a lower reading level. If you’re looking for a workbook that requires less reading, I would suggest you look at Becoming the Man I Want to Be:

      This is workbook uses the Good Lives Model and has several short case stories to help with comprehension of the material. It is not specifically aimed at sexual offenders, but can be used with that group of clients.

      Let us know if you have further questions.

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