Safer Society Presenters

Jeffrey Abracen, Ph.D.
Dr. Abracen recently retired as the Chief Psychologist for Correctional Service Canada in Central District (Ontario) Parole. Dr. Abracen currently holds an Adjunct Professor position at Ontario Tech. University in the Department of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Abracen is currently employed at Allied Psychological Associates in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Abracen has published over 60 manuscripts related to the treatment of moderate and high-risk sexual offenders.


Apryl A. Alexander, PsyD.
Apryl Alexander received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and M.S. from Radford University. She also received her M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology with concentrations in forensic psychology and child and family therapy. Dr. Alexander completed her pre-doctoral internship at Patton State Hospital, the largest forensic psychiatric hospital in the country. She also completed her post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Minnesota State Operated Forensic Services (MSOFS) conducting competency to stand trial, competency to proceed, and criminal responsibility evaluations, as well as violence and sexual violence risk assessments. Currently, Dr. Alexander is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology and the Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST). Her research interests are focused in the areas of violence, victimization, and forensic assessment.


Stephen R. Andrew LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP
Stephen R. Andrew is a consultant, trainer, co-author of Game Plan: A Man’s Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness, storyteller, and Chief Energizing Officer of Health Education & Training Institute. He maintains a compassion-focused private practice in Portland, Maine (USA) where he also facilitates a variety of men’s, co-ed, couples, and caregiver groups. Stephen has been a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2003 as well as a MIA-STEP (Motivational Interviewing Assessment; Supervisor Tools for Enhancing Proficiency) trainer for the New England ATTC. Stephen has been MITI trained and has over 100 hours of training in Motivational Interviewing. He provides coaching and training domestically and internationally (Singapore, China, Iceland, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Turkey, & UK) for social service agencies, health care providers, substance abuse counselors, criminal justice, and other groups on Motivational Interviewing, addiction, co-occurring disorders, counseling theory, “challenging” adolescents, supervision, ethics for caring services professionals, men’s work, and the power of group work. Stephen also oversees HETI’s MITI Coding and coaching lab.


Bud Ballinger, Ph.D.
Bud Ballinger is a clinical/forensic psychologist and the Director of Treatment Services for NYS Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (New York’s civil confinement program). He has a passion for enhancing therapeutic work with people who have engaged in harmful sexual behavior. Since earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University in 2000 he has worked in inpatient, outpatient, correctional, and civil confinement programs providing treatment, supervision, consultation, evaluation, and courtroom testimony. He developed New York’s treatment program for incarcerated people who are likely candidates for civil confinement. He is the president of NYS ATSA and an ATSA Fellow.


Anette Birgersson
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).


Geral Blanchard
Geral Blanchard is an author, lecturer, and psychotherapist who is conventionally trained in psychology and anthropology. Currently he maintains a private practice in Des Moines, Iowa. Gerry has served trauma victims and abusers for over 48 years. He has also worked as a consultant and trainer for chemical dependency treatment programs in four states and has provided program consultation at prisons in the U.S. and Sweden. Several of Gerry’s early books addressed the subject of sexual abuse. His book Transcending Trauma describes how posttraumatic stress (PTS) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can become powerful engines for personal growth and thriving — what he calls posttraumatic growth (PTG). Two more recent books, Ancient Ways and Ancient Ethics, explore indigenous innovations that can complement treatment processes in Western medicine and psychology. His latest book (2020), Awakening the Healing Soul, Gerry shares many stories drawn from visits with shamans around the globe. Gerry is a popular speaker who has chaired conference committees and given invited plenary addresses on the topic of preventing violence and aggression.


Jackie Craissati
Dr. Jackie Craissati is a Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist with 30 years experience of working in the National Health Service in England.  She was Clinical Director of a large Forensic and Prison Directorate in Southeast London, and responsible for the development of the Offender Personality Disorder pathway across London.  She is now Director of Psychological Approaches CIC, and works on a range of projects with the NHS and Criminal Justice systems relating to high risk individuals with sexual or violent convictions and personality difficulties.  She also has a number of governance roles, including the Chair of an NHS mental health trust and Independent Governor of the University of East London.

Dr. Craissati has published widely in the field, with more than 40 peer reviewed articles, and she is the author of six books.

Dr Craissati has taken a lead role in training probation and prison staff in the UK in relation to the development of the OPD pathway; she regularly provides keynote presentations on sexual offending, personality disorder, risk assessment and mental illness. She recently ran a similar workshop for Australian psychologists at the Rivergum Unit, and is scheduled to give a keynote presentation on Sexual Homicide. She also ran a workshop for 25 prison psychologists on sexual offending and personality disorder. Dr. Craissati was lead editor of the Practitioner Guide: Working with People in the Criminal Justice System Showing Personality Difficulties, published by Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service. 


Jan Looman Ph.D. C. Pysch.
Dr. Jan Looman completed his PhD in Clinical/Forensic psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario in 2000. He has been involved in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders since 1987. Dr. Looman was the Clinical Director of the High intensity Sexual Offender Treatment Program at the Regional Treatment Centre (Ontario), and was responsible for that program’s accreditation in 2002. Dr. Looman has also been employed as the Clinical Manager for the Regional Treatment Centre (Ontario), a hospital operated by Correctional Service of Canada, as well as on the Forensic Unit of a community psychiatric hospital. Dr. Looman currently works in private practice.


Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D.
Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent is a licensed psychologist. She has served as a consultant and trainer under various federal and state grants. In addition, Dr. Dent has been appointed to various state and county committees focused on those within the juvenile justice system. Dr. Dent provides mental health trainings and has served as a panelist at conferences focused on culturally informed mental health services, gender-responsive treatment, the school-to-prison pipeline and black girls, educating black girls in white spaces, intersectionality and social justice work throughout the United States. She has been featured on local and national news programs addressing the importance of emotional wellness in Black communities, mental health in times of national crisis, and the school-to-prison pipeline’s impact on Black Girls.
Dr. Dent is the Owner of Monford Dent Consulting & Psychological Services, LLC through which she provides ongoing mental health consultation and assessments. In 2020, she co-founded Centering Sisters, LLC, an organization dedicated to projects that center the needs of Black Women, Girls, and Femmes.
Dr. Dent is the author of three books: Girls Got Issues: A Woman’s Guide to Self-discovery & Healing, You Got This! A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up, and Black Girl: Unapologetically and the co-author of two others: Becoming Who I Want to Be: A Good Lives Workbook for Young Women and its accompanying Counselor’s Edition. Dr. Dent’s primary area of interests are sexual violence prevention and intervention on the continuum, the role of intersectionality in the lives of Black and Brown girls/women, and culturally informed work with those within the juvenile justice and educational systems.


Katherine C. Gomez, MA
Katherine Gomez holds a BA from the University of Florida, MA from the University of South Florida, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Central Florida. She has served Florida since 2006 as a juvenile probation officer, trainer, researcher, and administrator. She specializes in working with youth who have experienced human trafficking, sexually marginalized youth, youth who have committed sexually-related offenses, and high-profile multijurisdictional cases. Ms. Gomez is currently a candidate for her Ph.D.


Katherine “Katie” Gotch, LPC, CCSOT, ATSA-F
Ms. Gotch has worked in the field of sexual abuse prevention since 2000 as a clinician, evaluator, trainer, educator, and within legislative/policy development. She currently maintains a private practice, Integrated Clinical & Correctional Services, which provides specialized clinical and consultation services related to adults with sexual behavior problems and other forms of abusive/violent behavior. She serves as the Public Policy Executive Board Member for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and as an Advisory Board Member for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV). She regularly provides training to correctional agencies, treatment providers, policy makers, and other community partners on sexual abuse specific management and treatment, static and dynamic risk, public policy, and related topics. She is a certified Static-99R/STABLE & ACUTE-2007 trainer.


Ainslie Heasman, PhD, C.Psych
Dr. Ainslie Heasman, PhD, C.Psych is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist who is currently employed at the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario, as well as in private practice. Dr. Heasman and colleagues recently received a grant from the Canadian government to develop and implement the first secondary prevention program in Canada for non-justice involved individuals with a sexual interest in children. Her graduate school training in the United States afforded her the opportunity to work in a civil commitment setting and a state forensic hospital. Dr. Heasman also previously worked in provincial corrections at the Ontario Correctional Institute. She currently engages in risk assessment for sexual violence as well as group and individual therapy for sexual offending and paraphilic interests for mandated and non-mandated clients. Her research and clinical interests involve non-justice involved individuals with a sexual interest in children. Dr. Heasman has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. She is currently the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and an Associate Graduate Faculty member at Ontario Tech University.


Kerensa Hocken
Dr. Kerensa Hocken is a registered forensic psychologist. She has worked with people convicted of sexual offences for 20 years and has responsibility for the strategic development of custodial sexual offending services in the Midlands region of the UK. In 2016 she was the winner of the prestigious Butler Trust award for excellence in correctional services, presented by Princess Anne. Kerensa is a trustee and co-founder of the Safer Living Foundation (SLF), a charity to prevent sexual abuse by working with those who have offended or are at risk of, committing a sexual offence. Kerensa is a member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and cofounder of the CFT forensic special interest group.


Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.
Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D. has published over 55 journal articles, chapters and books in clinical and forensic psychology, domestic violence, phenomenology, group therapy, and sex offense specific treatment. Dr. Jennings coauthored the first book devoted entirely to Group Therapy with Sexual Abusers (2016), and the first workbook for orienting and engaging clients in group-based treatment called, Getting the Most from Group (2021). Other publications include a comprehensive review of the empirical and clinical research specific to group therapy with sexual abusers in Sexual Abuse (2016) and two workbooks for youth titled Responsibility and Self-Management (2007) and The Mindfulness Toolkit (2014). Dr. Jennings has conducted numerous trainings related to forensic psychology and sexual abuse treatment. His analysis of an infamous sexual predator, based on his book Breaking the Silence of the Lambs, (2014), is featured in the documentary Monster Preacher (2021).


Sandy Jung, Ph.D
Sandy Jung, Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Psychology at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. She maintains an active research program in her Psychology Crime Lab (PCL@M) that focuses on the prevention of sexual assault, child sexual exploitation, and intimate partner violence and is funded by both internal and major external grants. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field of forensic psychology, often co-authored with her students and several of her collaborators in law enforcement, forensic mental health, and other academic institutions in Canada, U.S., and other parts of the world. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017 and the Distinguished Research Award in 2018 at MacEwan, and was previously a Board of Governors Research Chair. Prior to her current academic position, she was a forensic psychologist at a forensic mental health facility where she provided assessment, treatment, and risk management of individuals convicted of violent and sexual offences. She is currently an Editorial Board Member for the journals, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Offending: Theory, Research, and Prevention, Chair of the Criminal Justice Psychology Section in the Canadian Psychological Association, and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta.


Timothy Kahn, MSW, CSOTP
Timothy Kahn, MSW, is a nationally recognized clinician and trainer in the field of sexual offender treatment.  He has been practicing in correctional, residential, and outpatient programs for over 40 years. He has written several books that serve as models for the process of treating juveniles who have sexually abused. Mr. Kahn served on the Washington State Licensing Board that developed evaluation and treatment standards and licensing requirements for sex offender treatment providers in Washington State.  He is an accomplished trainer and consultant for a variety of agencies in the Pacific Northwest. He has served as an expert witness in numerous cases involving professional sexual misconduct and sexual offenders. He currently maintains a private clinical and consultation practice in Bellevue, Washington, where he evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults with sexual behavior problems. 


Jill S. Levenson, Ph.D., LCSW
Dr. Jill Levenson is a Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL. She is a SAMHSA-trained trauma-informed care instructor, and has published 5 books and over 100 articles, many about adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed care. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Justice and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Dr. Levenson is a licensed clinical social worker who has provided clinical and forensic services in South Florida for over 30 years. She has provided TIC trainings in more than 20 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.


Liam Marshall, Ph.D.
Liam has an extensive background encompassing over 20 years as a therapist and consultant in many correctional and mental health facilities. In 2013, Liam joined Waypoint as a researcher in the Research and Academics Division, along with being a clinician in the Provincial Forensic Programs Division (high-secure division). He has conducted research, provided treatment, training, and consulting on offender and offenders with mental health problems for over two decades at several institutions and facilities. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including four books, including, most recently, The Wiley-Blackwell handbook on the assessment, treatment, and theories of sexual offending. Volume: Treatment (John Wiley & Sons), co-edited with Dr. W. L. Marshall. He is a board member and reviewer for many international journals, including Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. He has made numerous international conference presentations on offender and mental health issues regarding sexual behaviours, as well as on anger disorders, domestic violence, and problem gambling. Liam has delivered trainings in over 20 countries for therapists and other staff who work with sexual, violent, and other offenders, as well as offenders with mental health problems. He attained his PhD in Developmental Psychology at Queen’s University in 2010, and has a BA (Hons) and MA, also both from Queen’s.


Robert McGrath
Robert McGrath is a licensed psychologist-master and President of McGrath Psychological Services, P. C., a training and consulting practice. He was Clinical Director of the Vermont Department of Corrections integrated network of prison and community sex offender treatment programs for over 20 years. He has served on the treatment advisory boards of several programs including the national treatment programs for sexual offending in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. He was co-chair committee that wrote ATSA’s 2014 Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Male Adult Sexual Abusers, and he received ATSA’s Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Among his over 50 publications, he is co-developer of the ROSACVASOR-2, and SOTIPS risk assessment instruments.


Dawn Pflugradt, PsyD, LP, LCSW
Dawn Pflugradt is a licensed psychologist with advanced degrees in psychology, social work and bioethics. She works in the area of sex offender assessment and treatment and is an associate professor at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology where she teaches courses in developmental psychology, personality disorders, and ethics. In addition to her years of clinical experience, Dr. Pflugradt has published numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of pediatrics and sex offender assessment and treatment. Dr. Pflugradt also is a certified trainer for the STATIC-99R and STABLE-2007.


Kevin M. Powell, Ph.D.
Kevin M. Powell, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, trainer, and consultant in Colorado, USA. Dr. Powell has provided assessment and treatment services to at-risk (at-promise) children, adolescents, young adults, and their families for the past three decades in schools, community-based youth service agencies, a hospital, and detention/ residential facilities. He is also an adjunct faculty at Colorado State University in the Department of Psychology where he is conducting research on protective factors associated with resilience in youth and adults (Powell, et al, 2021).

Dr. Powell has authored several book chapters and a book, A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention with At-Risk Youth (2015). He also has a children’s book, Our Very Special Bodies (2014), which is a primary prevention tool to assist parents in reducing the risk of childhood sexual victimization. Dr. Powell presents nationally and internationally on a variety of strengths-based topics. Additional information can be found at www.kevinpowellphd.com. 


David Prescott
A mental health practitioner of 36 years, David Prescott is the Editor of 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. Henry Kempe Lifetime Achievement award. Mr. Prescott currently trains and lectures around the world.


Norbert Ralph, Ph.D, MPH
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.


Phil Rich
Phil Rich presents, trains, and consults nationally and internationally, specializing in work with children with problematic sexual behavior and adolescents and young adults who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior. He holds a doctorate in applied behavioral and organizational studies and a master’s degree in social work, and has been a licensed independent clinical social worker for almost 40 years. Phil served for 13 years as the Clinical Director of a large residential treatment program for children, adolescents, and young adults who have engaged in sexually abusive or sexually troubled behavior, and has been the Program or Clinical Director of six residential or day treatment programs. Phil is the author of four books that address work with sexually abusive youth, as well as multiple contributed chapters and articles, and a series of inter-related workbooks for youth in treatment for sexually problematic behavior, now in their second edition. He is a fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, served as the juvenile practice representative on the ATSA Executive Board, and was the founding chair of ATSA’s juvenile practice committee.


Alex Rodrigues, Psy.D.
Dr. Rodrigues is a forensic psychologist and operates a private consultation practice where he completes a variety of forensic evaluations, including sex offense-related evaluations, competency to stand trial, insanity, and juvenile transfer assessments. Dr. Rodrigues has been qualified as an expert and testified in various jurisdictions. The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (CSOMB) has recognized Dr. Rodrigues as an approved provider/evaluator for both juvenile and adult populations. Additionally, he is a volunteer participant for CSOMB’s best practice committee, reviewing emerging practices for adoption and implementation. He previously served as a psychologist on a pre-trial unit at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. as well as a member of the hospital’s forensic consultation service, completing both competency to stand trial and risk assessments. Recently, Dr. Rodrigues opened a satellite office in Colorado to complement his practice in the D.C. metropolitan area. Aside from court-related evaluations, Dr. Rodrigues provides consultation to law enforcement, government agencies, and corporations on mental health/violence related issues in the workspace.


Christin Santiago
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.


Steven Sawyer
Founder and President of Sawyer Solutions, LLC, a private clinical and consulting practice, Steven Sawyer was a founding board member and Executive Director of a local non-profit treatment agency for 17 years, founding board member and former president of the Minnesota Chapter of ATSA, and past board member and chair of the Minnesota Board of Social Work. He serves as a consultant to catholic religious orders on sexual abuse prevention and management and personnel issues. He has frequently lectured and delivered training to public and professional groups and conferences about sexual offense treatment and sexual abuse prevention. He has published more than 18 articles and book chapters on sexual abuse and its treatment. Over 33 years he has facilitated or observed 4,000+ hours of group therapy, assessed and treated hundreds of men who have committed sexual crimes, and provided clinical supervision for therapists treating several thousand men in sex offense-specific treatment.


Kim Spence, Ph.D.
Dr. Kim Spence is the Clinical Director of Autism Support Services for Specialized Treatment & Assessment Resources and has worked for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) since 1999. For the past 20 years she has lectured internationally regarding treatment supports, targeted therapeutic intervention, and the creation of specialized sexuality education programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. Spence began providing sexuality education training for parents, teachers, and care providers of individuals with ASD in 2000 and has offered numerous trainings focused on the creation specialized educational, social, and behavioral interventions to support healthy sexual knowledge for individuals with ASD across the life-span. She has been training emergency responders, law enforcement personnel, and members of the criminal justice system since 2001 and serves as a consulting editor for the journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and on the editorial review board of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR).


Alan Sroufe
L. Alan Sroufe, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development, has been called: “The premier developmentalist of his generation” (The Bowlby/Ainsworth award citation) and “… a founder and leading contributor to the field of developmental psychopathology” (the Distinguish Scientific Award of the Society of Research in Child Development). An internationally recognized expert on early attachment relationships, emotional development, and developmental psychopathology, he has published 150 articles and seven books on these topics, including The Development of the Person, a two-time award winner.


Raymond Chip Tafrate, Ph.D.
Dr. Tafrate is a clinical psychologist and professor of criminology and criminal justice at Central Connecticut State University. He is on the advisory board of the forensic special interest group for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the editorial board for Criminal Justice and Behavior, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Dr. Tafrate frequently consults with criminal justice agencies and programs and has trained thousands of professionals to work more effectively with justice-involved clients. Professor Tafrate is particularly skilled at merging elements of treatment in order to help professionals be most effective at the front lines of assessment and treatment; hence the title of this workshop. While there are many experts in criminology and Motivational Interviewing, few have done the technical work of putting them together into a suite of workshops. He has also coauthored numerous books, and presented his research throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.


Jon Taylor
Dr. Jon Taylor is a consultant forensic psychologist and psychotherapist who has worked in range of prison, secure hospital, and community forensic settings for almost 30 years. With a keen interest in developing a rich understanding of the role of trauma in the lives of those who develop offending behaviors, Jon is committed to promoting and modelling a compassionate and co-operative approach to all aspects of forensic service provision. Jon is a member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and cofounder of the CFT forensic special interest group.


Gwenda M. Willis. PhD, PGDipClinPsyc
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.


Robin Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP
Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP is a Canadian researcher, educator, and board-certified clinical psychologist who has worked in clinical and forensic psychology in hospital, correctional, and private practice settings for more than 35 years. Robin has published and presented internationally on the assessment, treatment, and risk management of social and sexual psychopathology. Robin maintains an international practice in clinical and consulting psychology based in Sarasota, Florida, and has been an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences for more than 10 years at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Robin’s current interests are focused on collaborative models of risk management and restoration as persons of risk are transitioned from institutional to community settings, in addition to ensuring responsive clinical and supervisory service delivery for individuals with special needs.


Linda Valenta, MSW
For over 25 years, Linda Valenta, has committed herself to the prevention of sexual abuse through the provision of assessment and treatment services to children and youth who engage in harmful sexual behaviour.   Linda’s Social Work and Couple and Family Therapy training reflect strongly in her approach to responding to sexual harm by children with her focus being on providing interventions that support children and families in Being Safe (managing risk), Being Well (reducing risk) and Being Okay (minimising harm and impact).  Linda’s passion and experience in the field make her a sought after speaker and trainer and she has presented her work at conferences around the globe and regularly trains professionals and agencies across Australia.  Linda has a private practice in Sydney, Australia.