Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F
Guest Speakers: Janet DiGiorgio-Miller, PhD and Arliss Kurtz, MSW, RSW
Recorded on: May 18, 2023
Length: 1 Hour
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This round-table discussion is intended for professionals who already understand the importance of self-care and are looking to get better at it. First, Janet describes the findings of a survey that she completed with professionals working with individuals who have abused. Next, Arliss focuses on what’s possible and available for busy professionals. David adds some observations from his practice and then turn it over to the audience for open discussion. Participants added their own thoughts or simply relaxed and enjoyed the company of colleagues who understand the challenges of this work in the current era.
Janet DiGiorgio-Miller, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice
Dr. Janet DiGiorgio-Miller is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New Jersey. She conducts evaluations and treatment for sex offenders. She has over thirty years of clinical experience in working with adolescents and families. She has been a frequent presenter both locally and nationally on various topics including reunification, relationship issues and mindfulness. Dr. DiGiorgio-Miller has publications in the field of sexual offending including research on emotional variables and deviant sexual fantasies in adolescent sex offenders. Dr. DiGiorgio-Miller also has publications regarding mindfulness and sexual offending. She published a self-help book for young adults called “A Great Relationship & Then Some.” Dr. DiGiorgio-Miller was past president and secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, (NJATSA) and has served on the board for many years. She is a Representative At Large on the ATSA Board of Directors. She is the Chair of the ATSA Ethics Committees. Dr. DiGiorgio-Miller is on the Child and Adolescent Committee and the Chair of the Best Practices Subcommittee.
Arliss Kurtz, MSW, RSW
Clinical Social Worker, Kurtz Social Work
Arliss Kurtz, MSW, RSW is a registered clinical social worker from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Ms. Kurtz has 30+ years of experience working within child welfare, community mental health/psychiatry, and forensic areas of practice within varied work settings, and is currently in private practice. She has presented on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, compassion fatigue/burn out, self-care, therapy with youth who have engaged in sexual harm, trauma-informed practice and caregiving, and mental health and wellness information. Ms. Kurtz regularly volunteers her time to the Manitoba
College of Social Workers, most recently as Chair of the Inquiry Committee, a judiciary process related to the Complaints Committee. She is on the international ATSA Child and Adolescent Committee, Chair of the In-Reach Subcommittee where she created, co-developed, and co-facilitates a monthly, International learning and on-line peer consultation forum. She is also on the Child and Adolescent Best Practice Subcommittee and was a member of the 2022 ATSA Conference Committee that was held in Los Angeles where she also co-presented two workshops. As part of her career development and self-care practice, Ms. Kurtz is currently working through a yearlong hybrid yoga teacher training that is held on-line for 11 months and will culminate with an immersion and certification experience in Costa Rica. Once certified, she will be melding aspects of Raja yoga practice, also known as the “Royal Path”, within her clinical practice.