Treating Intimate Partner Violence

This training looks at important considerations when working with clients who perpetrate IPV while ensuring the safety of those suffering the abuse. The session will explore the definitions and dynamics of IPV and domestic violence and review the guiding principles of effective intervention. It provides prevalence statistics and dispels myths about IPV. Treatment approaches will be introduced, intended to end the harmful behavior, but always with the goal of applying measures that will protect the victim from further harm.

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.

Implementing the Principles of Risk Need Responsivity: Lessons Learned as a Military Correctional Treatment Facility Transitioned to the RNR

The principles of effective correctional rehabilitation, also known as risk, need, and responsivity (RNR) have become recognized as an essential foundation for the treatment of individuals who have committed sexual offenses. While research has demonstrated the importance of these principles, many agencies face challenges in moving existing programs to this model. Examples of these challenges include:

Community Management of People Who Have Sexually Abused and the Challenges of Working with Special-Needs Clients

This training provides practical information on two components that often go unexamined: sensible approaches to community management and how to work with clients with special needs.

The first half of this training summarizes and provides information on effective approaches to the community management of sexual violence risk, with a focus on the most current approaches. Policymakers have historically attempted to manage risk by instituting measures of official control, such as sex offender registries, GPS monitoring, and residency restrictions. However, the scientific literature suggests that such measures often don’t accomplish their intended goal. This training will explore

Helping All Children: LGBTQ+ Youths in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems

Youths who identify as LGBTQ+ are as dynamic as the conversations our society is having about them. They are at significantly higher risk for multiple adverse experiences across settings (e.g., home, school, community), and they are over-represented in child-serving systems like juvenile justice and child welfare, where they are more likely to experience more punitive outcomes. All too often, this is simply because of who they are as authentic people. Professionals who work directly with children and adolescents and their families, especially in the fields of child maltreatment, child trauma, and juvenile justice, should be educated on LGBTQ+ youths and the issues they face in order to provide best practices that support positive outcomes. 

Group Therapy for Adults Who Have Sexually Abused

Providing group therapy requires more skill than many professionals often realize. This training is for professionals who are new to the field as well as more seasoned professionals who want to learn new skills from an established expert.

For many years, group therapy has been the preferred mode of treating adults who had sexually abused, quite simply because it is more efficient—in terms of both time and cost—than individual treatment. Today, however, we know that group treatment is about so much more than treating many clients at once.

Treatment with Adults Who Have Sexually Abused

This training provides a foundational understanding of treatment for adults who have sexually abused. It is of interest to those who are newer to the field as well as those who wish to develop their existing skills further. It describes the components of effective treatment programming and delivery. It outlines steps for understanding clients in the moment and helping them to find their own motivations and strategies for making changes to their lives. It explores methods (for example, Motivational Interviewing and the Good Lives Model) that function as frameworks that practitioners can use to organize treatment.

A New Approach to EMDR and the Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behavior

This training examines how the Adaptive Information Processing mechanism inherent in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can help clients to manage elements that contributed to their offending. It introduces the Offense Driver Model (ODM), which is derived from five extant models in the sex offending literature. The ODM provides a systematic way to conceptualize and identify relevant treatment targets. This model considers emotions/affect, personality features, reactive dynamics, unconscious elements, and cognitions that can be activated when clients are exposed to environmental or situational cues.