Innovative Approaches to Therapy for Young People Who Sexually Abuse

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023
Time: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours
Format: Live interactive training offered via Zoom

Cost of training and CE certificate: $120.00
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.

Young people with a history of sexually harmful behaviors tend to display a striking lack of self-regulation and relationship-building skills. In this workshop, the presenters first explore two treatment approaches: Dialectical Behavior Therapy and multi-sensory interventions employed in recreational therapy. They then introduce workshop participants to a suite of interventions that are based on those approaches and can be used to infuse group-based and individual therapy sessions with effective, applicable, and fun lessons that build clients’ awareness of their bodies, emotions, thoughts, and urges and teaches them how to practice safe touch, consent, healthy sexuality, and interpersonal boundaries. In this interactive workshop, the presenters emphasize that treatment can be an enjoyable experience, and gently invite participants to try out the interventions being presented.

Topics covered will include:
1) Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills
2) Recreational Therapy
3) Understanding trauma symptoms
4) Building on strengths
5) Building awareness of one’s body, emotion, thoughts, and urges
6) Self-regulation skills

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to: 
1) Explain core skills in building relationships and self-regulation.
2) Create a treatment plan that moves beyond the “session” and into everyday life.
3) Create interventions centered on client strengths.
4) Design dynamic and individualized treatment.
5) Explain barriers to effective treatment engagement.

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm. The charge is $120. 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, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Innovative Approaches to Therapy for Young People Who Sexually Abuse has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4236.

Innovative Approaches to Therapy for Young People Who Sexually Abuse, Course #5005, 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. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 4/27/2023 – 4/27/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 4 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

Anette Birgersson
Licensed Psychotherapist, Skills Clinic

Anette Birgersson, is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents with trauma, neuropsychiatric diagnoses, and harmful sexual behaviors. Anette is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Emotional Regulation Group Therapy. She is also a certified TF-CBT trainer. Anette is well-known in her home country of Sweden for developing culturally appropriate programming for treating youth who have sexually abused and young children. After almost two decades of work in this area, Anette opened her own company, Skills Clinic, which has led to her conducting training and supervision all over Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and the United States. Anette is a NAPN Advisory Board member, and sits on several committees for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, (ATSA: USA).

Christin Santiago, CTRS
Director of Recreation, Athletics and Community Programs, MA Department of Public Health, Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children

Christin Santiago is a Recreational Therapist working with youth who have experienced trauma, neuropsychiatric issues and harmful sexual behaviors. Currently the Executive Director of the Skills Clinic in Sweden and the USA, Christin has developed many innovative therapeutic activities and programs that assist youth to develop internal emotional and trauma-management skills through activity and movement.

Internationally renowned, Christin has trained and supervised across America, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and the UK. She has played a major coaching role in the Special Olympics, being chosen as the 2016 Coach of the Year for Special Olympics of Massachusetts. In 2018, Christin was selected as Head Athletics Coach to participate in the National USA Special Olympics Games in Seattle, Washington. In 2019, she was inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame.

Christin has been an Advisory Board Member of the National Adolescent Perpetration Network (NAPN) for many years.

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

The presenters have published materials related to this training from which they may benefit financially.

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