CLOSED A-12.  Looking For a Good Fantasy: Strategies to Promoting Healthy Sexuality in Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended
Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Intermediate  |  Youth

This "how to" oriented workshop is based on modules developed for use by the Oregon Youth Authority and focuses on psycho-educational treatment strategies intended to promote healthy sexual behaviors and cognitions for juveniles with a history of sex offending.  Exercises, activities, media based examples, and handouts will be used to illustrate the effective use of this curriculum.

A-13.  The Neuro-Developmental Impact of Trauma: What We Know and How It Can Impact What We Do
Kevin Creeden, M.A., LMHC
Intermediate  |  Both

Research has identified the significant impact that serious and/or persistent environmental stressors can have upon neurodevelopment and neuro-processing. The extent of this impact appears to be especially problematic when persistent stress or trauma is experienced in early childhood. Given that a majority of our clients enter treatment with their own history of trauma or come from notably stressful or dysfunctional backgrounds, being aware of this research and understanding the possible implications for our client’s emotional and behavioral functioning is becoming increasingly important.

CLOSED A-14.  Safe Offender Strategies:  A Skills-based Treatment Approach
Jill D. Stinson, Ph.D.  |  Judith V. Becker, Ph.D.
Advanced  |  Adult

Safe Offender Strategies (SOS) is a new, manualized sex offender treatment program emphasizing the importance of emotional, cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral self-regulation.  Participants in this workshop will learn case conceptualization, core strategies, and treatment implementation using this approach.  A brief overview of the 10 modules of treatment, including how they are integrated with other client needs and clinical examples, are also provided.  Empirical support from risk assessment, psychotherapy, and sex offender treatment literatures and pilot research on psychiatric, intellectually/developmentally disabled, and SVP populations will be described.

A-15.  Working Effectively with Youth who have Sexually Offended:  A STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH
Kevin M. Powell, Ph.D.
Intermediate  |  Youth

While addressing abusive behaviors is a necessary component of sex offense-specific services, it is also critically important to emphasize youth’s positive, pro-social behaviors. A ‘Strengths-Based Approach’ focuses on the identification, creation, and reinforcement of strengths and resources within individuals, their family, and their community. It targets effective methods forestablishing positive relationships; enhancing assets and pro-social behaviors; and promoting optimism and resiliency.  This seminar will highlight the importance of establishing and maintaining a strengths-based foundation within SOS services and discuss specific interventions and empirical support for this approach.

CLOSED A-16.  Learning to Critically Appraise the Research Literature:  Becoming a Discerning Consumer of the Research on Sexual Abuse
Howard E. Barbaree, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Intermediate  |  Both

This workshop will enhance participant’s ability to critically evaluate research.  Using prominent studies from the sexual abuse literature, the workshop will train participants to identify study strengths and weaknesses based on an evaluation of their hypotheses, research design, sampling, dependent measures, statistical analyses, control procedures, and their relation to theory.

A-17.  Assessing Sexual Recidivism Risk and Treatment Progress with Adolescents
James R. Worling, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Intermediate  |  Youth

This seminar will focus on providing practical information for professionals who complete assessments for adolescents who have offended sexually.  Using lecture, case studies, discussion, and detailed resource materials, participants will address critical issues in assessment such as the importance of completing a comprehensive assessment, recognizing the diversity among adolescents who have offended sexually, an overview of popular risk assessment tools for adolescent sexual recidivism (i.e., J-SOAP-II, ERASOR, and J-SORRAT-II), the communication of risk estimates, recent research regarding risk and recidivism, and different approaches to assessing treatment progress.

CLOSED A-18.  Applying the Good Lives Model in the Treatment of Sexual Offenders
Pamela M. Yates, Ph.D., R.D.Psych.
Intermediate  | Adult

The Good Lives Model (GLM) of offender rehabilitation is a complementary approach to cognitive-behavioral treatment of sexual offenders that has been integrated with comprehensive risk-based intervention for the treatment and management of sexual offenders. The GLM is a strengths-based approach, positive psychological approach that focuses on the development of individuals’ capacity to attain valued goals and achieve psychological well-being while managing risk to re-offend.  The addition of this approach to current treatment can increase motivation, treatment engagement, and positive treatment outcome.  This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the model and its application to treatment and supervision of sexual offenders, with a focus on the practical understanding and implementation of the model. 

2018 Call for Abstracts