Online Training – Shaping the Future: The Good Lives Model in Theory and Practice

Produced by: Continuing Excellence, LLC

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Length of Training: Five Hours, Six Minutes
Credit: 5 CE Credit Hours
Cost of Training: $125.00

Registration fee includes access to training video and material for 10 days. Participants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion approved by ASWB Social Work and APA Psychology.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

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 pre-conference 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.  Preliminary research 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 effectiveness.  However, misguided or otherwise poor application of the GLM in practice could increase the very risk treatment is designed to prevent and manage.  The presenters have assisted programs around the world (for example, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Norway, North America, Germany, Italy, and Namibia) in integrating the GLM.

This online training provides practitioners and others with information as to how to translate and integrate the GLM into practice in the overall structure, content and process of sexual offending treatment, and illustrates key assessment and treatment strategies with role-play demonstrations. The webinar provides an overview of GLM-based assessment and intervention planning and describes the module or phase-based structure of a RNR/CBT treatment program using the model. Lastly, the online training addresses how typical program modules targeting dynamic risk factors such as sexual and general self-regulation can be developed and integrated using a GLM approach.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
1) Explain the fundamental elements of what the GLM is and isn’t
2) Explain GLM-based assessment and intervention planning
3) Distinguish between integration and implementation of GLM

Five Hours, Six Minutes of Training

The training session runs for five hours and six minutes with optional role play exercises in a supplemental video. The charge is $125. To be eligible for the CE credits, 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 approved by ASWB and APA for 5 CE credit hours.

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Training registration fees are non-refundable.

5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Shaping the Future: The Good Lives Model in Theory and Practice, Course #3473, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Continuing Excellence as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 09/29/2021 – 09/29/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 5 Clinical continuing education credits.

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


David Prescott
Director of Acquisitions and Training, Safer Society Press

A mental health practitioner of 36 years, David Prescott is the Director of Acquisitions and Training of Safer Society Press. He is the author and editor of 20 books in the areas of understanding and improving services to at-risk clients. He is best known for his work in the areas of understanding, assessing, and treating sexual violence and trauma. Mr. Prescott is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Contribution award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the 2018 recipient of the National Adolescent Perpetration Networks C. Henry Kempe Lifetime Achievement award. Mr. Prescott currently trains and lectures around the world.

Gwenda M. Willis, PhD, PGDipClinPsyc
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Gwenda is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in forensic/correctional psychology research and practice. She joined the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland in 2013, and formed the Advancing Sexual Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Research Group. Gwen’s research and clinical work focuses on strengths-based approaches to working with people who have sexually harmed, and sexual abuse prevention.

Gwen is an Editorial Board member for Sexual Abuse, Journal of Sexual Aggression (JSA) and Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary journal (SAANZ). She is an Executive Board member of the Australia and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA) and member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Gwen has received numerous awards and accolades for her research, including the 2012 New Zealand Psychological Society Early Career Goddard Award – Applied Psychology. In 2015, Gwen was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.

Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

Date recorded?
This training was originally recorded in October 2020

This training is for professionals working with people who have experienced complex trauma as well as people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level

Special Accommodations Statement
Safer Society and Continuing Excellence are dedicated to meeting the needs of all attendees. Attendees will be provided with copies of the presenters’ materials (PowerPoint slides, images, etc.) for their own reference. Please note that closed-captioning will be available for this video. If/when further accommodations are necessary, we will make every effort to suit participants’ needs.

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