CLOSED P-19.  Detection, Prevention & Mitigation of Vicarious Trauma Symptoms
John Nicoletti, Ph.D.
Intermediate  |  Adult

Stress and trauma are communicable diseases and therefore are contagious.  When employees involved in high stress occupations deal with other people’s tragedies, they will become susceptible to vicarious trauma.  If the vicarious trauma symptoms are not handled in a timely manner, then Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur.  This workshop will focus on detection of toxic reactions and symptoms, along with techniques for mitigating and eliminating the negative effects of trauma.

P-20.  Fundamental Principles, Challenges and Emerging Controversies in Ethics and Professional Practice with Sexual Abusers
Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D.
Intermediate  |  Both

Providing professional services to adults and juveniles requires careful attention to ethical principles that may have legal and professional practice implications.  This workshop reviews fundamental principles of ethical practice, describes challenges or dilemmas that may arise, and identifies emerging controversies in ethical dimensions to professional practice with adult and juvenile sexual abusers.  Points of intersection between ethics and law are identified.  Issues reviewed include identification of the client for services, confidentiality and privilege, standards of competent professional practice, ethics codes and practice guidelines, informed consent, empirically-based practices, and implications of changes in the DSM-V.

CLOSED P-21.  Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behaviors:  Empirically & Ethically Supported Practice Guidelines
Daniel Rothman, Ph.D.  |  Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D.
Intermediate  |  Youth

Practical, theoretical and ethical issues will be discussed in relation to assessment, intervention, and social/political/criminal justice policy for adolescents who engage in abusive sexual behavior.  Popular practices will be contrasted with empirically supported ones and recent controversies – including the use of phallometry, polygraph, and sex offender registries with juveniles – will be examined drawing from up-to-date, empirical literature in areas including child development, trauma, and disruptive behaviors in childhood.

CLOSED P-22.  Who are the People in your Neighborhood? U.S. Sex Offenders and Community Protection Policies
Jill S. Levenson, Ph.D., LCSW
Preliminary  | Policy

This training will first provide an overview of the national sex offender population. Drawn from the first nationwide sample of over 445,000 sex offenders on public registries, the session will present data describing demographic, offense, registry status, and risk related variables. Next, we will review the state of the research on sex offender management policies, including five and ten year recidivism rates of sex offenders, with special attention paid to the Adam Walsh Act tiers and Static-99R scores. Finally, the training will provide an overview of sex offender treatment issues, including risk, needs, and community reintegration.

CLOSED P-23.  The Role of the Polygraph in the Treatment of Sexual Offenders
David Thornton, Ph.D.
Intermediate  |  Adult

This workshop will explore the potential contribution of polygraph examinations in the treatment of sexual offenders. The workshop will begin with a discussion of theory and data related to the validity of different kinds of polygraph examination. Polygraph examinations will be considered in the context of other ways of assessing credibility.  The workshop will then explore ways in which polygraph examinations may contribute to the accurate identification of treatment needs, to the open discussion of problems during treatment, and to the assessment and therapeutic processing of current functioning. Its strengths and weaknesses in relation to each of these tasks will be discussed and ways in which its strengths may be enhanced and its weaknesses limited will be suggested.

CLOSED P-24.  Getting the Goods: Clinical Interviewing Strategies and Assessment Tools in Work with Adolescents Who Have Offended Sexually
James R. Worling, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Intermediate  |  Youth

Given the potential shame, embarrassment, and legal/familial/personal consequences typically associated with sexual offending, there are often many challenges to assessing adolescents who have offended sexually.  The goal of this seminar is to discuss, develop, and practice strategies for interviewing adolescents (post-adjudication) and their parents and to discuss physiological and psychological assessment tools.  Using role-playing, lecture, discussion, and resource materials, participants will focus on—and practice—concrete strategies and tools for clinical interviewing.  Participants will also address current best-practice guidelines for assessment, therapist factors that promote change, denial and deception, and the merits of psychological and physiological assessment tools.

P-25.  Navigating the Tangled Web of Juvenile Sex Offender Supervision
Kristine Jensen, B.A.
Intermediate  |  Youth

Juveniles who commit sexual offenses are a diverse group whose offending behaviors range from inappropriate boundaries/sexually acting out to more dangerous behaviors.  The stigma attached to these juveniles and their families makes it especially important and challenging when assessing, treating and supervising them.  This workshop will provide an in-depth look at the myriad of components of supervision, including pre-sentence investigations, case planning, working in a multi-disciplinary team (MDT), special conditions of probation, ISMP’s, school safety planning and informed supervision which will allow participants the ability to provide effective and individual supervision to these juveniles.

2018 Call for Abstracts