Online Training - Neurodevelopment Perspectives in Juveniles Who Sexually Offended
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 11:00am – 2:15pm ET
Credit: 3 CE Credit Hours
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology, NBCC Counseling, 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.
Online Training Description:
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 developmental changes in adolescence.
3. Identify three treatment methods for promoting brain-based development changes in adolescence.
4. Describes three harmful behaviors which increase in adolescence.
5. Describe three characteristics of adolescents who psychosocially mature in adolescence.
Three Hours of Training
The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 2:15 pm. The charge is $75. 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.
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.
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.
This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC
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.
Registration fee for four-hour online training.