Sex Offense-Specific Treatment: Learning (And Re-Learning) the Basics

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm ET
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours

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

*Social Workers and Counselors: We have applied for CE credits from other accrediting agencies.

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.

Effective sex offense-specific treatment programs consider their participants’ risk for re-offense, the treatment needs that contribute to this risk, and each client’s individualized ability to respond to interventions. It is now standard practice to assess dynamic risk to improve the overall accuracy of risk assessments. This training will provide vital information about how treatment providers can help participants understand and address individual dynamic risk factors.

This training offers practical guidance for using treatment to change dynamic risk factors that can significantly help to reduce risk for future offending. It focuses on developing positive “approach goals” that build protective skills and address deficits. It further explores integrating information from a dynamic risk assessment (the Violence Risk Scale: Sexual Offense Version) into treatment planning. Dr. Ballinger will offer practical case examples that demonstrate how therapeutic factors and commonly used sex offense-specific treatment methods are relevant in addressing specific dynamic risk factors. Finally, the training will present practical suggestions for supplementing sex offense-specific treatment with skills-based therapeutic interventions such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy to address specific responsivity needs in addition to dynamic risk factors.

As a result of attending this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Select therapeutic interventions that specifically target relevant dynamic risk factors/treatment needs.
2) Apply information from risk assessments in selecting specific therapeutic interventions.
3) Provide an empirically informed level of treatment intensity/dosage for each client
4) Describe a broad range of interventions available to clinicians working with clients with problematic sexual behavior.
5) Integrate effective adjunctive clinical interventions into sex offense specific treatment as a means of improving each client’s wellbeing and responsiveness to treatment.

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 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 is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*Social Workers and Counselors: We have applied for CE credits through a separate accrediting agency.

When completing the evaluation form, you will be able to select which type of certificate you prefer.

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

Bud Ballinger, Ph.D.
Director of Treatment Services, NYS Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center

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.

Additional Information

This training is for professionals working with people who have 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.

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