Women Who Perpetrate Sexual Offenses

and treatment needs assessments is becoming increasingly common, there are no empirically derived instruments to assist clinicians with these tasks. These assessments are different than those conducted for males and require clinicians to have a solid understanding of women who perpetrate violent crimes.

RNR and the Power of Preparation and Motivation for Group-Based Treatment

ven the adverse coercion and stigma of being mandated into sexual offense-specific treatment (SOST), there are extra challenges to engaging males in group-based SOST without encountering resistance, denial, silence, and drop-out. The group-based format presents additional barriers in the form of (anticipated) public humiliation and social condemnation. The speakers present an array of practical methods for pre-treatment preparation that can lower initial defensiveness, while improving motivation and openness to treatment, which can shorten the time it takes for individuals to respond to SOST. In addition to reviewing relevant research about pre-treatment preparation and motivational approaches, the speakers emphasize the crucial importance of “getting a good start” in treatment. They describe a new motivational and strengths-based client workbook that embodies techniques and exercises to prepare clients for their first group and the group based treatment experience. Exercises include self-discovery of personal character strengths, masculinity/gender stereotypes, cooperation, receiving and giving help, and relationships for enhanced motivation and openness to treatment change in SOST.

Online Training: Understanding the Influence of Early Attachments

Dr. Sroufe’s groundbreaking theoretical and empirical contributions to the fields of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology have been reported to the academic world in over 150 papers and journal articles and seven books. During the three-hour virtual training, Dr. Sroufe will discuss what he and his team of researchers learned about human development over the course of the longest running (40-year) study of attachment across the lifespan and across generations (known as the Minnesota Study of Risk and Adaptation from Birth to Adulthood). This will include an overview of the findings of research into attachment theory and how individual selves emerge from relationships. Dr. Sroufe will further explain how vulnerability, resilience, pathology, and health can be products of development. He will also discuss implications for promoting change for those with different attachment histories.

Practical Application of the Good Lives Model

The Good Lives Model (GLM) has become a popular approach to the treatment of people who sexually abuse; however, substantial variation has been observed in its practical application. This three-hour online training focuses on how programs and therapists can best integrate the GLM into treatment with persons who have sexually abused. It is suitable for treatment providers and program administrators working in prison, civil commitment, and community-based settings who wish to integrate the GLM.

Effective Use of Motivational Interviewing to Engage and Help People with Intimate Partner Violence

This four-hour intensive workshop is tailored to professionals (including psychologists, social workers, and counselors) specializing in intimate partner violence and working within the criminal-justice, health-care, mental-health, and social-service systems.Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered counseling approach that helps individuals to explore and resolve ambivalence about change. After an orientation to the underlying spirit, structure and skills of MI, practical exercises will help participants strengthen skills for demonstrating empathy, recognizing and eliciting “change talk”, and rolling with client discord/resistance.

Cultural Humility in Correctional Assessment and Treatment

Sociocultural factors in the assessment and treatment of individuals who sexually offend are important to examine. Awareness of implicit biases and the cultural competence of the therapist are essential in ethical treatment. Cultural humility is the ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are more important to the client. Participants will become informed of cultural considerations in the assessment and treatment. This workshop will assist participants in identifying cultural factors (i.e., racial/ethnicity, language, religion, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability) during assessment to better inform treatment and risk management recommendations.

Wounded Healers: Trauma Impact and Self-Care

Professional helpers sometimes forget to help themselves! This two-hour webinar will describe how professional helpers can build their own resilience in these stressful and uncertain times. Participants will learn about vicarious and secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, moral injury, and burnout. Using principles of trauma-informed care (trust & safety, choice, collaboration, empowerment, peer support, cultural & gender relevance), participants will learn strategies for self-care, relaxation, personal exploration, and professional development. Come prepared with some current examples in mind to discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions.