CLOSED D-1.  Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders with Developmental Disabilities
Bill Lindsay, Ph.D.
Advanced  |  Adult

This workshop will introduce the topic of developmental disability and sex offending. I will review the theoretical framework for treatment and present an up to date summary of research knowledge. I will present exercises on assessment and treatment illustrating the way in which approaches have to be changed to suit clients’ limitations in understanding and literacy including exercises on disclosure, challenging cognitions, and the development of Quality of Life (Good Lives Model) in the context of reducing recidivism.

D-2.  Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children & Adolescents with Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Craig Latham, Ph.D.
Intermediate  |  Youth

Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders can be very challenging at home, at school, and in the community.  They typically have difficulty decoding and responding to social cues, they use language in a concrete and literal way, they perseverate in behaviors long after the behavior ceases to be effective, and they have limited problem-solving skills that seem curiously at odds with their other intellectual skills.  When these children also have sexual behavior problems, traditional methods of risk assessment and treatment seem totally inadequate.  Videotaped interviews will be used to illustrate the ways in which the cognitive and emotional features of PDD children contribute to problematic sexual behaviors. A developmentally-oriented style of risk assessment and treatment tailored to their vulnerabilities will be presented.

CLOSED D-3.  #cyberoffense:  Trending Topics in Assessment and Treatment
Elizabeth Griffin, M.A., LMFT  |  David Delmonico, Ph.D.
Intermediate  |  Adult

This recently updated workshop will offer a broad based understanding of the Internet and the Internet sex offender.  Participants will be updated on cutting edge technologies used to access sex online and introduced to the most recent theories behind online sex offending.  The workshop will include online demonstrations of the various methods and venues used for Internet sex in order to introduce participants to the basic concepts of the Internet and technology.  Presenters will also review the literature related to the latest research on child pornography offenders.  The Internet Sex Screening Test - Revised and the Internet Assessment‑Revised will be introduced as clinical tools for assisting in the evaluation of sex offenders online. Issues related to online sex offenders and the questions of risk to community will be discussed. Blocking, filtering, and monitoring technologies and methods will also be incorporated into the presentation and updated treatment intervention will be presented. This workshop will offer a comprehensive model for understanding, evaluating, and treating the cybersex offender.

D-4.  Training Sex Abusers How to Eliminate, Reduce or Block Deviant Sexual Fantasies
Gene G. Abel M.D.  |  Markus Wiegel, Ph.D.
Advanced  |  Both

Many sex abusers commit sex crimes because of their persistent, deviant sexual fantasies and urges on which they eventually act.  Disruption of these fantasies and urges gives them better control over their inappropriate sexual behavior.  This interactive workshop will train therapists on how to train offenders in the basic elements of covert sensitization, ammonia aversion, masturbatory satiation, stimulus reduction, the use of serotonin specific reuptake inhibitors, and drive reducing methodologies, including chemical castrating agents.  These methodologies have broad application to a variety of inappropriate sexual behaviors, including voyeurism, exhibitionism, transvestitic fetishism, sadism, multiple affairs  and child sexual abuse  Training will emphasize how perpetrators can apply treatments anyplace, anytime, so as to help them gain control over their urges.  How these techniques are integrated into the total treatment of the offender is explained.  This will be a multimedia presentation using cases from the attendees and the speakers.

D-5.  Community Supervision of Adult Sex Offenders
Georgia Cumming, B.S.
Preliminary  |  Adult

This seminar will provide practical information and strategies for probation and parole officers on the ‘how to’s’ of supervising adult sex offenders in the community.  The course is designed for probation and parole officers, however it will be helpful as well as for clinicians and program administrators. Topics include characteristics and typologies of sex offenders, presentence investigation reports, risk assessment, disposition and case planning, and supervision strategies with emphases on evaluating and responding to risk behaviors. This seminar will include lecture, audio-visual presentations, case studies, discussion and resource materials.

CLOSED D-6.  Use of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender Version (VRS-SO) in the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders
Mark Olver, Ph.D., RD Psych  |  Terry Nicholaichuk, Ph.D. RD Psych  |  Stephen Wong, Ph.D.
Intermediate  |  Adult

This full day seminar will provide an overview of the development, relevant research, administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version (VRS-SO; Wong, Olver, Nicholaichuk, & Gordon, 2003). Participants will be provided an overview of the research, development, and scoring of the VRS-SO and have an opportunity to rate the VRS-SO on sample cases to assess risk, identify treatment targets linked to sexual violence, and evaluate treatment changes. The seminar will be suitable to all who provide clinical assessment, treatment, and risk management services to adult sexual offenders, and who are interested in assessing change as a result of treatment. Those who completed the seminar and additional readings from a reading list provided at the end of the seminar will be deemed to have completed training in the use of the VRS-SO.

CLOSED D-7.   Report Writing Fundamentals for Preparers and Consumers of Sex Offender Evaluations
Michael Fogel, Psy.D., ABPP  |  Philip Witt, Ph.D., ABPP
Intermediate  |  Both

This workshop is designed for the mental health professionals who prepare sex offender evaluation reports as well as the criminal justice professionals who receive them. Topics to be addressed include: guiding principles for report organization and structure, distinctions between forensic and therapeutic evaluations, and elements of good reports. Participants are encouraged to submit their own reports to the presenters prior to the workshop for review and feedback during the training. No identifying information will be used in discussing submitted reports to ensure its author’s anonymity.

CLOSED D-8.  Using the MIDSA to Assess the Treatment Needs of Juveniles and Adults Who Sexually Offend
Raymond A. Knight, Ph.D.  |  Judith Sims-Knight, Ph.D.
Preliminary  |  Both

The Multidimensional Inventory of Development, Sex, and Aggression (the MIDSA) is a computerized, contingency-based inventory that assesses the developmental histories and current behaviors, attitudes, and cognitions of both adults (ASOs) and juveniles (JSOs) who sexually offend. The workshop will introduce the new assessment instrument, illustrating the report it generates and the 50 standardized scales it yields.  Both case histories and empirical data on ASOs, JSOs, and community controls will be used to demonstrate MIDSA’s clinical utility and validity. Participants will be given free copies of the MIDSA software and will be trained in its use.

D-9.  Adult Sex Offender Treatment “101”
Robert J. McGrath, M.A.
Preliminary  |  Adult

This “how to” seminar will focus on practical information and strategies for treating adult male sex offenders in community and residential settings. It is designed primarily for practitioners new to the field, but can also serve as a refresher for more experienced clinicians. A phased model of treatment, grounded in the “What Works” literature, will be described. Topics include designing a treatment model, enhancing treatment engagement, selecting treatment assignments, working collaboratively with probation and parole officers, measuring treatment progress and ending treatment successfully. Seminar methods will include lecture, case studies, discussion, demonstration and resource materials.

CLOSED D-10.  Children with Sexual Behavior Problems:  Current Research and Evidence-Based Treatment
Jane F. Silovsky, Ph.D.  |  Jimmy L. Widdifield, Jr., M.A., LPC
Intermediate  |  Youth

This two part pre-conference seminar will provide an overview of the current research on sexual behavior problems (SBP) in children, including research based guidelines for identification of SBP and factors contributing to the development and maintenance of SBP.  Research indicates active engagement of caregivers and addressing behavioral management strategies are key to successful outcomes.  Approaches to evidence-based practices for children with SBP and their caregivers will be addressed.

CLOSED D-11.  Managing Sex Offender Treatment Programs:  A Professional Development Workshop for Managers and Supervisors
Ruth E. Mann, Ph.D.  |  Yolanda M. Fernandez, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Advanced  |  Adult

This seminar will address some of the demands, pressures and complications experienced by those who manage/supervise sex offender treatment programs.  A core element of the seminar will be the “Sex Offender Programme Health Check” – a tool that will enable managers to think about the strengths of their program and the areas where their program could be improved. As well as presenting material and facilitating exercises, we will ask participants to identify the challenges that they consider most critical and endeavor to address these issues during the seminar.  The seminar will focus on four key topics:

  • Ensuring programs are faithful to the risk, need and responsivity principles;
  • Recruiting, supervising, managing, supporting and developing treatment delivery staff (therapists);
  • Engaging the organization and other stakeholders to support the treatment process; 
  • Ensuring that monitoring and evaluation strategies are in place.

2018 Call for Abstracts