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Length of Training: 4 hours
Cost of Training and Certificate of
Purchase price includes access to training video and material for 10 days. Participants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.
Please note: This training is not eligible for CE credits.
Individuals convicted of CSAM (child sexual abuse materials) offenses have unique offense-related needs that differ from other offenders who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviors. Supervision and treatment professionals (including probation and parole officers) who work with these individuals need specific training to address their cluster of needs. This training offers specific skill-based interventions based on current research that supervision professionals can utilize with their clients during office visits. This training further discusses current research which can help inform policy and procedure around supervision of these individuals.
Topics to be covered include:
- Current research regarding clients who commit CSAM offenses, including information regarding risk and needs
- Common questions and answers specific to supervision of clients who commit CSAM offenses
- Structure of supervision appointments with clients who commit CSAM offenses, including specific skill-based interventions to address deficits
As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1. Explain how clients who commit CSAM offenses differ in terms of risk from clients who commit contact sexual offenses.
2. Discuss the unique needs of clients who commit CSAM offenses.
3. Implement appropriate supervision strategies for clients who commit CSAM offenses.
4. Implement skills-based interventions to use with clients who commit CSAM offenses.
5. Describe how skills from Motivational Interviewing can inform supervision and practice with individuals who have sexually abused.
Four Hours of Training
The training session runs for four hours. The charge is $80. Each registration includes a certificate for attendance. To be eligible for a certificate, you must watch the training, complete a quiz, and submit an evaluation form.
Access to training materials and video will last for 10 days following the payment of the registration fee. All registrants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.
Training registration fees are non-refundable.
This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC
Valerie Gonsalves, PhD., MLS, ATSAF
Psychologist Manager, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Valerie Gonsalves, PhD., MLS, ATSAF – Dr. Gonsalves is a licensed psychologist who has spent over a decade working in the field of forensic psychology and specializing with individuals with significant personality disruptions and those who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviors. Dr. Gonsalves has worked with supervision professionals for five years and during that time has worked to translate scientific research into specific and actionable items that can be used in the fast-paced environment of probation and parole. Dr. Gonsalves is an ATSA fellow, has published in peer-reviewed journals, and routinely presents at both state and national conferences.
Jake Schuldies, LCSW
Associate Psychotherapist, Midwest Center for Psychotherapy
Jake Schuldies, LCSW earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has over 10 years of experience providing psychotherapy in community and institutional settings. Mr. Schuldies has supervised an evidenced-based inpatient treatment program for individuals who have engaged in harmful sexual behavior and led the development of adapted programming for individuals with developmental disabilities. In his current practice, he provides treatment services to adults and youth who have accessed Child Sexual Exploitation Material in collaboration with attorneys and supervision agents. Additionally, he instructs for the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, teaching a graduate-level mental health policy course. Mr. Schuldies believes strongly in Social Work values and ethics and has devoted his career to implementing best practices in psychotherapy and criminal justice.
Carolyn Pierre, LCSW
Consultant, Private Practice
Carolyn Pierre is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 14 years of experience working with individuals who have committed sexual offenses. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Master of Social Work program with an emphasis on mental health, substance abuse, and forensic social work. She has provided psychotherapy to individuals under supervision in the community, as well as to those incarcerated and civilly committed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ms. Pierre supervised the Treatment Track at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center serving individuals with cognitive disabilities, major mental illness, and elevated psychopathy. She is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and Secretary with the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Chapter of ATSA. In partnership with her close colleagues, Ms. Pierre operates a business offering program consultation, curriculum development, risk assessment, and sentencing mitigation services.
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, interested paraprofessionals, and particularly, probation and parole officers.
The presenters have published materials related to the training from which they may benefit financially.