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

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.

Treating Intellectually Disabled Adolescents with Sexual Behavior Problems

This workshop will focus on the overarching principles associated with the effective assessment and treatment of intellectually disabled youths exhibiting problematic sexual behaviors while identifying specific treatment needs and treatment interventions for some of the different constellations of social, emotional, and cognitive difficulties that may be presented by these youths.

Unmasking Microaggressions in Clinical Settings

The training will begin with a section on bias and inclusivity, engaging attendees in an examination of our implicit biases, actions, and responses and focusing on how attendees can utilize appropriate self-disclosure and encourage productive dialog in order to promote optimal learning and improved insight. Dr. Warner will provide useful strategies for responding to microaggressions and offer techniques to avoid unintentionally perpetuating covert forms of discrimination. Personal self-care strategies will also be discussed. Finally, the training will focus on enhancing workplace culture by boosting organizational practices to create a more inclusive culture.

Implementing Effective, Victim-Centered Practices and Policies Regarding Sexual Offending

Though well-intentioned, policies and practices regarding sexual offending that are advocated by lawmakers and their constituents all too often result in efforts that are counterproductive for the long-term safety of the community. Just as problematically, they fail to adequately take into account the needs of the victims of abuse and do not adequately promote actions that can help individuals who have abused avoid re-offending.

Evaluating and Writing Reports on Adults Who Have Sexually Offended

This training will help you understand how to integrate your knowledge of actuarial risk assessments, the principles of risk, need, and responsivity, motivational interviewing, and report-writing skills into a comprehensive, ethical psychosexual evaluation report. Evaluations can be necessary at various points in the criminal justice process and for many reasons.

How to Optimize Successful Sex Offending Treatment with the Road to Freedom Program

This four-hour training explores implementing a program based on the 4th edition of the workbook, The Road to Freedom, for people who have committed sexual offenses. The RTF4 program is strengths-based, client-centered, trauma-informed, and based on the principles of risk, need, and responsivity. The training focuses on using the workbook in treatments that aim to reduce dynamic risk. Dr. Levenson will further discuss the RTF4 sex offending treatment goals in the context of facilitating broader change in clients’ lives. For instance, the training will provide information on enabling client accountability (not simply offense culpability), understanding the development of the problematic behavior (with a focus on developmental trauma), addressing problematic cognitive schemas about self and others (not just distortions about sexual abuse), enhancing general, sexual, and emotional self-regulation skills (which translates to relapse prevention), engaging in positive relationship-building and healthy communication skills (reducing intimacy deficits), and improving the ability to be empathic and understand the perspectives of others. The training provides a review of the RTF4 chapters and exercises and offers ideas for incorporating the workbook into group and individual therapy sessions. Participants will learn how to individualize the program in a client-centered way, and how to utilize workbook topics to facilitate engagement and progress in treatment. The workshop will allow ample time for discussion. 

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.

Conducting Sexual Abuser Risk of Sexual Harm to Children Assessments Using the ROSAC

Mental health, corrections, and child protective services professionals are commonly asked to assess the risk that a person who has sexual abused poses to a specific child and under what circumstances, if any, the abuser might safely be allowed to have contact with the child. The Risk of Sexual Abuse of Children (ROSAC: McGrath, Allin, & Cumming, 2015) is a structured professional judgment assessment instrument for conducting these types of risk of sexual abuse assessments. 

Using the Good Lives Model with Adolescents and Young Men Who Have Harmed Others

This training will provide information on applying the Good Lives Model (GLM) in work with adolescents whose behaviors have caused harm to others (including sexual and non-sexual violence). The GLM is a strengths-based rehabilitation practice framework that augments the risk, need, and responsivity principles of effective correctional intervention through its focus on assisting clients to develop and implement meaningful life plans that are incompatible with future offending. Originally developed as a rehabilitation framework for use with adults who have harmed others, this workshop focuses on how the GLM—when properly adapted—can be used with adolescents and young men.

Treating Individuals at High Risk of Sexual Re-Offense in Institutional and Community Settings: The IRATS Model

In this training, the presenter will explain how clinicians can apply the principles of the Integrated Assessment and Treatment System (IRATS) Model in both institutional and community settings. The IRATS has received empirical support from a variety of long-term outcome studies comparing various groups of treated and untreated individuals convicted of sexual offenses. The presenter will discuss how clinicians can integrate treatment for serious mental illness with the IRATS model. The IRATS model offers a holistic perspective and emphasizes that client mental health needs are integral to the treatment concerns with which clients present. This is particularly important given that there is now a large body of research indicating that mental health needs are both directly and indirectly related to recidivism among individuals convicted of sexual offenses.