Working with Christian Beliefs in Treatment

Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F
Guest Speakers: Andrew Caesar MSW, MDiv, LCSW, James R. Reynolds, PhD, Clancy Yeager

Recorded on: May 3, 2023
Length: One Hour

There has been little guidance on integrating Christian beliefs with the material covered in most treatment programs for individuals who have sexually abused. Yet the topic is of vital importance to many clients in treatment. In fact, it is common for people convicted of sexual crimes to have questions about spirituality in the wake of their arrest and legal processing.

In this webinar, the panelists address topics related to religious objections to participating in treatment, discussing how the goals of treatment mesh with individual beliefs and how professionals can best interface with their clients’ faith systems.

Andrew Caesar, MSW, MDiv, LCSW
Clinical Director, Wy’East Directions

Drew Caesar, LCSW, is a therapist and educator engaged in private practice in Portland, Oregon, focused on people with problem sexual behaviors and childhoods marked by abuse, and other adverse experiences. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, his clinical work takes him a relationship based, trauma-informed direction, influenced by cognitive and good lives models, aiming to foster self-regulation in concert with life satisfaction. Spirituality and religious practice have been central to his approach from the beginning.  He enjoys trail running in Forest Park, skiing and hiking with family and friends, and walks with his dog Oliver.  

James R. Reynolds, PhD
Forensic Psychologist

Jim Reynolds is a forensic psychologist who has specialized in the assessment and treatment of people who commit sexual offenses since 1992. He worked first through a Family Court program for adolescents who had been adjudicated for committing a sexual offense, and then entered the adult area when he began working in a state psychiatric hospital. Jim subsequently entered the area of adult corrections when he worked at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel, New Jersey.

Jim continued to work with juveniles who committed sexual offenses, and was the director of an outpatient treatment program through UMDNJ. He migrated from the field of corrections and became the director of a treatment program for court-involved youth who were placed in a therapeutic foster care setting. Jim has provided psychosexual evaluations and actuarial risk assessments for court-involved clients who are represented by the Office of the Public Defender as well as for attorneys who are in private practice. 

Assessments are performed at various stages of the legal process, including pre-indictment and pre-sentencing, as well as for clients who are in the Tier process of Megan’s Law. Jim also provides Live With Child evaluations and Sex Offender Risk Assessments for Megan’s Law registrants who are under Parole Supervision for Life. Jim provides various types of forensic evaluations, court testimony, and training/staff development for other professional organizations as well.

Clancy Yeager
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/Supervisor

Clancy Yeager is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/Supervisor in the State of Ohio. He holds master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling and Philosophy. Since 1996 he has worked primarily in assessing and treating both adults and juveniles who have engaged in sexual offense behavior. Prior to that he ministered as a Roman Catholic priest for 25 years.

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