Autism Spectrum Disorders and Criminal Justice

Participants in this online training with Dr. Spence, a world-renown expert in the treatment and assessment of justice-involved people with autism, will receive detailed information about ASD along with documented case examples that illustrate the consequences facing ASD clients within the criminal justice system and practical strategies for identifying characteristics of ASD in non-diagnosed clients.  The training will include information about current literature regarding comorbid disorders and disparities in diagnoses among minority groups. Participants will also receive practical suggestions for preventing ASD clients from violating the law and strategies for intervening with ASD clients who have violated the law.

Utilizing Strengths-Based Interventions: Ending Harmful Sexual Behaviors by Promoting Healthy, Prosocial Lives

The discussion of SBA concepts and interventions will be organized into six areas: relationship development, optimistic attitude (hope) development,  development of assets such as goals and protective factors, prosocial development, and intellectual development and provider development.  Information will also be presented on how to target dynamic risk factors with strengths-based alternatives, utilize proactive, prevention-oriented interventions. 

How Humanistic and Existential Approaches Can Improve Our Treatment of Male Sexuality and Men Who Abuse

This presentation begins with an overview of existential psychotherapy and the evolution of couples and sex therapies. It examines how men experience intimacy and how sexual dysfunction can result from trauma.
This is not a presentation on male anatomy, nor is it a workshop designed to teach clinicians how to improve the sex lives of their clients. Rather, the presentation will focus on the existential lives of men and how much of men’s concerns are communicated through the functioning of the penis.

Using the Stages of Accomplishment Workbooks to Enhance Effective Practice

This training begins by examining workbooks in general, including their strengths and limitations, and provides guidelines for their use. It offers 13 pointers for how to use workbooks in treatment (for example, considerations for how and when to use assignments and how to check for comprehension and retention of learned material). The training then looks specifically at the Stages of Accomplishment workbooks.

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. 

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. 

The Good Lives Model with Justice-Involved Women

The Good Lives Model (GLM) has become a popular framework for the treatment of people who have caused harm to others. It is suitable for treatment providers and program administrators working in prison, civil commitment, and community-based settings. Preliminary evidence suggests that, integrated appropriately, the GLM offers potential for improving outcomes of treatment programs that follow a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach and that operate according to the Risk, Need, and Responsivity (RNR) principles. For example, research suggests that the GLM’s focus on engaging clients in the treatment process enhances treatment engagement, an important element of program

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.

Best Practices for the Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Harmful Behavior

This workshop will examine the evolution of how professionals have understood young people who engage in sexually harmful behavior. It will also explore the treatment we provide for sexually abusive behavior by adolescents. Current practices (including those reflected in ATSA’s 2017 adolescent practice guidelines) are substantially different now than the assessment and treatment methods that first guided treatment. We’ve seen a realignment of the ideas and beliefs that drive assessment, treatment, and case management, and the way we think about the young people with whom we work. We’ve not only seen clear and distinct shifts away from the model of adult treatment, but have recognized that many of the most important aspects of assessment and treatment involve our awareness of and sensitivity to the developmental and contextual issues that surround juvenile sexually abusive behavior.

Supervision, Screen Time, and Safety: Community Management of Individuals with CSAM-Only Offenses

Individuals convicted of CSAM 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.