Using a Developmental Lens to Promote Prosocial Skills in Adolescent Clients

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET
Credit: 3 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training and CE certificate: $90.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology*
Counselors and Social Workers we have applied for credits from other agencies

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.

The most effective approaches to understanding, assessing, and treating juveniles who have sexually offended are those that account for adolescent development. Practicing with a “developmental lens” can help ensure that our methods result in prosocial behaviors and better lives. This training is designed to help attendees set developmentally appropriate treatment goals and promote teens’ ability to make better decisions and take greater responsibility for their lives. Dr. Ralph begins the training by comparing historical treatment approaches and offers insights into what we know about adolescent development, for example, how testosterone output corresponds to changes in criminal behavior. He further explores how these factors, along with what we now know about brain plasticity, call for a different response to adolescent crime than is being offered by the current legal system.

Dr. Ralph next explores the characteristics of effective programs; in particular, the forms of therapeutic counseling that support problem-solving skill-building and prosocial approaches to daily life. He discusses the skills used by effective probation officers as well as counselors and examines specific approaches, such as Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and methods from Dr. Ralph’s “Being a Pro” workbook and related research and theory publications. Finally, he examines specific guidelines from “Prosocial Passages,” a work in development.

Training topics include:
1) Evidence-based treatment for adolescents who have sexually offended
2) Developmentally appropriate treatment methods and counseling skills
3) Neurologically informed approaches to assessment and treatment
4) Recidivism rate variations between juveniles and adults
5) Juvenile justice systems and prosocial maturation
6) Interaction of prosocial development and comorbidity

As a result of this training, attendees will be better able to:
1) Describe relevant models of child and adolescent development.
2) Critique historical approaches to treating juveniles who have sexually offended.
3) Describe three treatment methods that are developmentally related.
4) Explain two characteristics of effective treatment programs.

Three Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 2:15 pm. The charge is $90. 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.

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

Norbert Ralph, Ph.D., MPH
Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

Dr. Ralph is a clinical psychologist, formerly at the Juvenile Justice Center in San Francisco, and Coordinator of the Juvenile Sexual Responsibility Program. Dr. Ralph is a psychiatric epidemiologist, and neuropsychologist, who has nearly 40 publications including articles, book chapters, blogs, or books. He was formerly Associate Clinical Professor in Family Practice, University of California School of Medicine at Davis, and Lecturer and Research Biostatistician in the Program in Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Trainer for Aggression Replacement Training, through the California Institute for Mental Health. He is a member of the Quality Management Committee, AllCare Independent Physicians Association. He is on the Conference Committee of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California.

Additional Information

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

Content Level
Intermediate to Advanced

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