Online Training – Neurodevelopment Perspectives in Juveniles Who Sexually Offended

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 2:15pm ET
Credit: 3 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training: $60.00
CE Eligibility: MPA Psychology, NBCC Clinical Counselor, ASWB Social Work
Additional CE Processing Fee: $18.00

Neuropsychology and brain research have identified developmental changes from ages 10 to 25 related to social judgment and reasoning. These changes are associated with the steep increase in delinquent behaviors, accidents, and sexually harmful behaviors during adolescence. Increased size, strength, and sexual maturity are complemented by an increase in the drive and reward centers of the brain, and decreased supervision during adolescence. These changes are complemented by slower development in social judgment and “if/then” and contingency linked reasoning. Adolescents systematically overestimate the rewards of a situation without adequate appreciation of the possible negative and harmful outcomes. Youth with delays in social judgment are at greater risk for harmful actions, including sexual behaviors. Dr. Barbara Bonner describes early adolescence as a high risk but transitory period for harmful sexual behaviors. Adolescence is also a period for the maturation of social judgment and greater capacity for prosocial relationships. The teen brain is described by NIMH studies as only about 80% mature, and the 20% gap helps explain adolescent impulsiveness. Being prosocial adults including regarding sexual behaviors in part relates to having brain maturity.

There is substantial literature regarding psychosocial maturity as a risk factor for delinquent and sexually harmful behaviors. Practical methods for assessment of this factor will be presented. Assessment methods which obtain a sample of the youth’s thinking, as opposed to fixed choice responses, have a larger effect size regarding assessment. Also, practical treatment methods to promote psychosocial maturity which are associated with positive outcomes will be discussed, including Aggression Replacement Training and Being a Pro.

In summary, the workshop will present relevant research regarding brain development and maturity indicating that psychosocial immaturity in adolescence is a significant risk factor for general delinquency and harmful sexual behaviors, and that there are evidence-based methods for assessment and treatment of this factor.

Attendees will be better able to:
1. Identify three brain-based developmental changes in adolescence
2. Identify three methods for measuring brain-based devotional changes in adolescence
3. Identify three treatment methods for promoting brain-based development changes in adolescence
4. Describe three harmful behaviors which increase in adolescence
5. Describe three characteristics of youth who psychosocially mature in adolescence

You must purchase the training and the
Continuing Education credits separately

Three Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 2:15 pm. The charge is $60. To be eligible for the CE credit hours, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event. The Continuing Education credit hours must be purchased separately. See information to the right about purchasing CE credits.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

The Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Neurodevelopment Perspectives in Juveniles Who Sexually Offended has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3655.

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Neurodevelopment Perspectives in Juveniles Who Sexually Offended, Course #3648, 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: 06/08/2021 – 06/08/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Clinical continuing education credits.

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Norbert Ralph, Ph.D, MPH
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Ralph is a clinical psychologist, formerly at the Juvenile Justice Center in San Francisco, and Coordinator of the Juvenile Sexual Responsibility Program. Dr. Ralph is a psychiatric epidemiologist, and neuropsychologist, who has nearly 40 publications including articles, book chapters, blogs, or books. He was formerly Associate Clinical Professor in Family Practice, University of California School of Medicine at Davis, and Lecturer and Research Biostatistician in the Program in Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Trainer for Aggression Replacement Training, through the California Institute for Mental Health. He is a member of the Quality Management Committee, AllCare Independent Physicians Association. He is on the Conference Committee of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California.

Frequently Asked Questions

How and Where?
This course is offered online through Zoom. The course is didactic in nature with periodic interaction between presenter and participants. Participants are required to remain in attendance for the entire runtime (break time is given during the program). Throughout the training, attendees are allowed to ask the trainer(s) questions about the material. The trainers may also sometimes ask attendees to participate, but this is not required.

What do I have to do?
All you have to do is be logged in to Zoom once the training begins and stay with us the entire time (break time is given during the program). To receive credit, participants are also required to complete a brief evaluation form.

When I’m done, how do I get my credit?
After the live training is complete, a link to an evaluation form will be sent to you by email. Once we’ve verified you attended and reviewed your completed evaluation form, a certificate of completion will be processed. You will receive your certificate by email. This process usually takes no more than 2-3 weeks.

Registration Deadline?
24 hours before the scheduled start time of the program. (June 9, 2021, 11:00 AM Eastern time)

What kind of computer do I need?
Any device with internet capabilities, but we recommend either a desktop or a laptop, (Compatible with both Mac and Windows). A link to join the training will be sent to the email used during registration one day before the live event. If you would prefer to download the Zoom program prior to the event, it is available for download here:

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
Intermediate to Advanced.

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 our courses are offered online through an interactive live-feed. Closed captions will be available for this training. If you are interested in attending this training but have a special accommodations request, please contact us prior to registration by email ( or phone at (802) 247-3132.

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