Practical Application of the Good Lives Model

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training and CE certificate: $100.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology, 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.

The Good Lives Model (GLM) has become a popular approach to the treatment of people who sexually abuse; however, substantial variation has been observed in its practical application. This four-hour online training focuses on how programs and therapists can best integrate the GLM into treatment with persons who have sexually abused. It is suitable for treatment providers and program administrators working in prison, civil commitment, and community-based settings who wish to integrate the GLM. Preliminary research suggests that, integrated appropriately, the GLM offers potential for improving outcomes of treatment programs that follow a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach and that operate according to the Risk, Need, and Responsivity (RNR) principles. For example, research suggests that the GLM’s focus on engaging clients in the treatment process enhances treatment engagement, an important element of program effectiveness. However, misguided or otherwise poor application of the GLM in practice could increase the very risk treatment is designed to prevent and manage. The presenters have assisted programs around the world (for example, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Norway, North America, Germany, Italy, and Namibia) in integrating the GLM.

This online training provides practitioners and others with information as to how to translate and integrate the GLM into practice in the overall structure, content, and process of sexual offending treatment, and illustrates key assessment and treatment strategies. The webinar provides an overview of GLM-based assessment and intervention planning and describes the module or phase-based structure of a RNR/CBT treatment program using the model. Lastly, the online training addresses how typical program modules targeting dynamic risk factors such as sexual and general self-regulation can be developed and integrated using a GLM approach.

Topics to be covered include:
1) How the Good Lives Model (GLM) fits with the principles of risk, need, and responsivity
2) The GLM “primary Human Goods” (also known as “common life goals”)
3) The GLM goods most often implicated in offending
4) Obstacles to implementing a good life plan
5) Case formulation and assessment using the GLM

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Explain the “Primary Human Goods” of the Good Lives Model (GLM), also known as Common Life Goals
2) Distinguish between Common Life Goals that are important to the client in general, and those goals implicated in their offending specifically
3) Explain four kinds of obstacles that clients have experienced to implementing their Good Life Plan
4) Explain GLM-based assessment and intervention planning
5) Distinguish between integration and implementation of GLM

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 1:00 pm Eastern Time and runs until 5:30 pm. The charge is $100. 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.

Practical Application of the Good Lives Model, Course #3797, 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: 09/29/2021 – 09/29/2023. 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

Gwenda M. Willis
Clinical Psychologist, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Gwenda is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in forensic/correctional psychology research and practice. She joined the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland in 2013. Her research and clinical work focus on strengths-based approaches to psychological assessment and treatment, trauma-informed care and sexual abuse prevention.

Gwen is an Editorial Board member for Sexual Abuse and the Journal of Sexual Aggression (JSA). . Gwen has received numerous awards and accolades for her research, including the 2012 New Zealand Psychological Society Early Career Goddard Award – Applied Psychology. In 2015, Gwen was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.

David Prescott
Director of Acquisitions and Training, Safer Society Press

A mental health practitioner of 37 years, David Prescott is the Director of Acquisitions and Training for the Safer Society Press. He is the author and editor of 20 books in the areas of understanding and improving services to at-risk clients. He is best known for his work in the areas of understanding, assessing, and treating sexual violence and trauma. Mr. Prescott is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Contribution award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the 2018 recipient of the National Adolescent Perpetration Network’s C. Henry Kempe Lifetime Achievement award. Mr. Prescott currently trains and lectures around the world.

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
Intermediate / Advanced

Comments 5

  1. Hi. I live in Australia ( central) and I am very interested in Good Lives Model Training. Is there anyway this will be recorded for later purchase. I am happy to pay but it is live during the night. Thanks. Nikki McCoy

    1. Post

      Thank you for your inquiry, Nikki!

      A Safer Society staff member will be in touch with you directly via email.

      Kind regards,

      Sarah Snow Haskell
      Sales, Marketing & Media Supervisor
      Safer Society Foundation
      PO Box 340, Brandon VT 05733
      (t.) 802.247.3132 (f.) 802.247.4233

  2. Hi – I am also in Australia and interested in this training. Is there any chance of it being recorded please? thank you

    1. Katrina,
      If you register for the training, you will receive a link to the recorded version within 10 days of the live event. This link stays live for ten days, then we need to take the recorded version down. People who view the recorded version are not eligible for CE credits. If you continue to have questions, please feel free to contact us directly via email (that will result in a faster response from us). You can find options for contacting us here:

      Thank you.

  3. I have an employee (Kellsie Page), who will be leaving our company. I was hoping to send someone else in her place (Lea Patnode). Am I able to send Lea in replace of Kellsie?

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