Congrats, Michelle!

We are thrilled to announce the Promotion of Michelle Shubert to Assistant Operations Manager. In June 2021, Michelle Shubert joined …

Innovative Approaches to Therapy for Young People Who Sexually Abuse

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.

Evaluating and Writing Reports on Adults Who Have Sexually Offended

This training will help you understand how to integrate your knowledge of actuarial risk assessments, the principles of risk, need, and responsivity, motivational interviewing, and report-writing skills into a comprehensive, ethical psychosexual evaluation report. Evaluations can be necessary at various points in the criminal justice process and for many reasons.

Counseling Clients with Neopaganistic Worldviews 

A growing number of clients in treatment follow different spiritual paths than the religious practices most familiar to their treatment and supervision providers. This sets the stage for possible misunderstandings and tensions between the client and the members of treatment or supervisory team. Among these spiritual paths is Neopaganism; this term refers to a group of Eurocentric religions that focus on reviving the pre-Christian practices of Europe and/or developing new and borrowed practices compatible with ancient pagan worldviews. While these worldviews can be puzzling to therapists and other professionals, Mr. Reeder explains how they can be understood in the context of counseling.

Treating Intimate Partner Violence

This training looks at important considerations when working with clients who perpetrate IPV while ensuring the safety of those suffering the abuse. The session will explore the definitions and dynamics of IPV and domestic violence and review the guiding principles of effective intervention. It provides prevalence statistics and dispels myths about IPV. Treatment approaches will be introduced, intended to end the harmful behavior, but always with the goal of applying measures that will protect the victim from further harm.

Working with Christian Beliefs in Treatment

There has been little guidance on integrating Christian beliefs with the material covered in most treatment programs for individuals who have sexually abused. Yet the topic is of vital importance to many clients in treatment. In fact, it is common for people convicted of sexual crimes to have questions about spirituality in the wake of their arrest and legal processing. In this webinar, the panelists will address topics related to religious objections to participating in treatment, discussing how the goals of treatment mesh with individual beliefs and how professionals can best interface with their clients’ faith systems.

Online Course – Assessing and Treating Adolescents Who Sexually Abuse: Learning (And Re-Learning) the Basics

This 30-hour online intensive and interactive course is designed for practitioners new to the field of assessing and treating adolescents and young adults who have sexually abused others. It is also of interest to more experienced professionals wishing to expand and revitalize their knowledge and skills. 

The course will rely on discussion and supplemental reading to explore the core principles behind effective assessment and treatment:

Assessing and Treating Adult Firesetting

This training introduces mental health professionals to recent advances in understanding firesetting behaviors in adults that have led to evidence-informed models for assessment and treatment.

Every year in the U.S., U.K., New Zealand, and Australia, thousands of irresponsible, reckless, and dangerous fires set by adults result in thousands of deaths and injuries, billions of dollars in property loss, and traumatic experiences for individuals and communities. Recent studies suggest that upwards of 20% of adults admitted to psychiatric hospitals have histories of firesetting, or arrests for arson, in their medical record.

Building Prevention Teams to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Adults are responsible for protecting children from sexual assault and incest. Children can learn protection skills as well, and it’s important that they do. However, it is up to adults to protect children, not for children to have to protect themselves. Feather Berkower has long worked to give adults accurate information about child sexual assault and incest so that they can prevent, recognize, and act responsibly if they witness it. This webinar interview explores Feather’s work in this area and what caregivers can do to raise children with healthy boundaries and safe bodies. She explains how people can come together as prevention teams and discusses her work in building homes and communities that are off-limits to child sexual assault. Parents are welcome as well as professionals!