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

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST)
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training & CE credits: $100.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology, NBCC Counseling, ASWB Social Work

To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

In this training, the presenters 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 presenters 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.

This training will also feature practical suggestions for developing and maintaining the therapeutic alliance with high-risk/high-need clients. The presenter will outline how such approaches differ from working with low-risk/low-need clients. For example, it is the presenters’ experience that approaches that succeed in developing and maintaining the therapeutic alliance with individuals who have high levels of psychopathic traits are likely counter-productive when working with low-risk clients. Finally, the presenters will address integrated case management strategies, including parole/probation staff and psychology/psychiatric staff. 

Topics to be discussed:
1) Considerations regarding the therapeutic alliance
2)  Integrating the treatment of mental illness with treatment of sexual offending
3) Individual and group-based treatment approaches
4) The role of substance abuse in offending
5) Treating individuals with high levels of psychopathic traits
6) Understanding and treating individuals with abuse-related sexual interests

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Apply specific components of the Integrated Risk Assessment and Treatment System (IRATS) Model in institutional or community settings
2) Describe various methods of enhancing therapeutic rapport with clients presenting at different risk levels 
3) Integrate treatment for severe mental illness with treatment for sexual offending
4) Explain the role of substance and alcohol use in sexual offending
5) Explain the role of abuse-related sexual interests in offending

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm. The charge is $100. Each registration includes a certificate, whether it be for CE credits hours or for attendance. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

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

Treating Individuals at High Risk of Sexual Re-Offense in Institutional and Community Settings: The IRATS Model has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3941.”

Treating Individuals at High Risk of Sexual Re-Offense in Institutional and Community Settings: The IRATS Model, Course #4280, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Continuing Excellence LLC. 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: 06/13/2022 – 06/13/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical continuing education credits.

Notice to providers of New Jersey SW Continuing Education:
•   ACE individual course approval meets the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for individual course approval pursuant to NJ Code 13:44G-6.4.16.
•   Participation in the ASWB ACE Course Approval Program requires that the provider abide by all of the criteria set forth by New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13 Chapter 44 G Subchapter 6.

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

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

Jeffrey Abracen, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Ontario Technical University

Dr. Abracen recently retired as the Chief Psychologist for Correctional Service Canada in Central District (Ontario) Parole. Dr. Abracen currently holds an Adjunct Professor position at Ontario Tech. University in the Department of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Abracen is currently employed at Allied Psychological Associates in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Abracen has published over 60 manuscripts related to the treatment of moderate and high-risk sexual offenders.

Jan Looman, Ph.D., C. Pysch.
Clinical Psychiatrist, Forensic Behavior Services

Dr. Jan Looman completed his PhD in Clinical/Forensic psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario in 2000. He has been involved in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders since 1987. Dr. Looman was the Clinical Director of the High intensity Sexual Offender Treatment Program at the Regional Treatment Centre (Ontario), and was responsible for that program’s accreditation in 2002. Dr. Looman has also been employed as the Clinical Manager for the Regional Treatment Centre (Ontario), a hospital operated by Correctional Service of Canada, as well as on the Forensic Unit of a community psychiatric hospital. Dr. Looman currently works in private practice.

Additional Information

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

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