Improving Your Group Therapy Skills 

Hosted by: David Prescott
Guest Speakers: Jerry L. Jennings PhD and Steven Sawyer, MSSW

Recorded on: November 16, 2022

It is critical that clinicians are skilled in group facilitation principles and techniques, given that treatment of individuals who sexually abuse is typically group-based. In this webinar, Jerry Jennings and Steven Sawyer discuss the essential qualities of effective treatment groups and group facilitators. They also discuss research, methods, and techniques relevant to group therapy and client motivation. They then answer your questions about how to improve your clinical practice by facilitating cohesive and dynamic groups.

Jerry L. Jennings Ph.D
Vice President, Clinical Services for Liberty Healthcare Corporation

Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D. has published over 55 journal articles, chapters and books in clinical and forensic psychology, domestic violence, phenomenology, group therapy, and sex offense specific treatment. Dr. Jennings coauthored the first book devoted entirely to Group Therapy with Sexual Abusers (2016), and the first workbook for orienting and engaging clients in group-based treatment called, Getting the Most from Group (2021). Other publications include a comprehensive review of the empirical and clinical research specific to group therapy with sexual abusers in Sexual Abuse (2016) and two workbooks for youth titled Responsibility and Self-Management (2007) and The Mindfulness Toolkit (2014). Dr. Jennings has conducted numerous trainings related to forensic psychology and sexual abuse treatment. His analysis of an infamous sexual predator, based on his book Breaking the Silence of the Lambs, (2014), is featured in the documentary Monster Preacher (2021).

Steven Sawyer, MSSW
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.

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    1. Thank you for your inquiry, Angela!

      We do not offer CE credits for the Safer Talk webinars, but we can provide you with a Certificate of Attendance if you are present for the entire live event.


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