Online Training: Clients’ Personal Histories – Collecting Helpful Information

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Length of Training: Two Hours
2 CE Credit Hours
Cost of Training: 

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

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

Client self-disclosure of personal history is essential to assessment, treatment, and the development of plans for preventing further harm to others. This workshop explores methods for helping clients to explore their lives, including through the use of a structured workbook. The workshop emphasizes how client disclosure can yield information about the individual’s strengths, attachment style, and amenability to treatment. It further introduces the Your Personal History workbook and provides a summary of the workbook’s content and purpose. The training will describe and illustrate the workbook’s use as a data collection tool for intake or assessment. It will also focus on using the workbook as a series of pretreatment exercises that build treatment readiness and the self-reflection mindset necessary for optimal treatment participation.

Topics to be discussed:
1) The value of pre-treatment information collection can be enhanced by using a variety of methods.
2) Opportunities to integrate client history workbook into an assessment protocol.
3) Opportunities to incorporate client history workbook content into an existing treatment curriculum.
4) Workbook content and uses. 

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Facilitate client self-disclosure in the treatment of sexual aggression
2) Collect data for comprehensive assessments using a personal history workbook
3) Employ personal history information in preparation for abuse-specific treatment.
4) Incorporate a client’s history into pre-treatment self-assessment of personal strengths, attachment style, openness to treatment change.

Two Hours of Training

The training session runs for two hours. The charge is $60. To be eligible for the CE credits, 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 approved by APA and ASWB for 2 CE credit hours.

Training registration fees are non-refundable.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Clients’ Personal Histories – Collecting helpful information, Course #3735, 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. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 07/21/2021 – 07/21/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical continuing education credits.

Steven Sawyer
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.

Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

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

Special Accommodations Statement
Safer Society and Continuing Excellence are dedicated to meeting the needs of all attendees. Attendees will be provided with copies of the presenters’ materials (PowerPoint slides, images, etc.) for their own reference. Please note that closed-captioning will be available for this video. If/when further accommodations are necessary, we will make every effort to suit participants’ needs.

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