Online Training: Therapeutic Alliance in the Treatment of People Who Have Sexually Abused

Produced by: Continuing Excellence, LLC

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Length of Training: One Hour, Fifty-Four Minutes
Credit: 1.75 CE Credit Hours
Cost of Training: $60.00

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

Twenty-three years ago, Anthony Beech and Ann Scott Fordham published a study which found that that group therapists treating people convicted of sex crimes “tend to overestimate the help they provide in groups, perceive that they are more in control than members do, and see the group as facilitating diversity and change much more than do the members.” Further, “… marked differences between client and therapist treatment expectations have been related to client dropout from therapy.” More recently, a 2012 study by Steven Walfish and his colleagues found that the average psychotherapist believes themselves to be more effective than the majority of their peers.

These findings suggest that while we go to lengths to assess our clients, we also need to assess ourselves. Overestimating our abilities could lead to our missing important clues about treatment progress. What can the evidence-informed practitioner do?

This online training will review key findings from the research on the therapeutic alliance (which is more than simply the quality of the relationship between treatment provider and client). It will provide ideas on concrete steps that participants can take to improve our performance in a number of areas, all within a comfortable and safe environment.

As result of this training, participants will be able to:
1) Identify the key components of the therapeutic alliance.
2) Describe the historical perspectives on treating people who have sexually abused others and how these perspectives can interfere with the development of a therapeutic alliance.
3) Explain the research into the therapeutic alliance with people who have sexually abused others.
4) Identify the four key characteristics of effective treatment providers with individuals who have sexually abuse others.
5) Summarize the most recent meta-analysis regarding the effectiveness of treatment for people who have sexually abused others.

One Hour, Forty-Five Minutes of Training

The training session runs for one hour and fifty-four minutes. The charge is $60. 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 1.75 CE credit hours.

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Training registration fees are non-refundable.

1.75 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Therapeutic Alliance in the Treatment of People Who Have Sexually Abused, Course #3474, 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 1.75 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.

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

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.

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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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