Concurrent Sessions A | Tuesday, May 22


A1:  New Directions in Prevention: Meaning and Purpose for Stakeholders and Front-line Clinicians

Charles Flinton, Ph.D., San Francisco Forensic Institute, Blue Rock Institute
Joan Tabachnick, Department of Justice, Federal
Cynthia Rinker, Blue Rock Institute

Most of the perpetration prevention initiatives aimed at preventing further sexually abusive behavior, applied after the harm is done, will be more familiar to those working with sex offenders. However, initiatives applied before sexual abuse is perpetrated are those now being considered because their goal is to address and build the skills, knowledge, and policies that will help ensure that adults, teens, and children do not become sexually abusive. This presentation will highlight the unique role that clinicians, and other stake-holders, play in disseminating prevention strategies. In addition, a successful prevention program that assertively seeks out individuals at risk of sexual misconduct will be presented. Strategies to seek funding, including educating funders (e.g., private insurance companies, school systems, etc) will be discussed.

A2:  Vicarious Trauma and Cumulative Career Traumatic Stress: How working with sexual offenders can impact provider's sexual intimacy and parenting skills

Dr. Brenna Tindall, Licensed Psychologist, Certified Addiction Counselor III, Full Operating Provider for Colorado Sex Offender Management Board
Dr. Jessica Bartels, Licensed Psychologist, Full Operating Provider for Colorado Sex Offender Management Board

This training’s objective is to address and possibly mitigate this aforementioned issue by helping educate professionals about the various forms in which vicarious trauma and cumulative career stress trauma can manifest. More importantly, this training will emphasize two particular areas that seem to be impacted by working with sexual offenders – parenting and sexual intimacy – and provide conjecture as to why this is possibly the case.

A3:  Developing a Program to Treat Mentally Ill Patients with Sexual Offending Behaviors

Dr. Amanda Miller, OMH Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center
Dr. Antonio Camaj, OMH Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center

The presentation will focus on the creation and implementation of treatment for adult inpatients who are currently deemed dangerously mentally ill and retained under CPL 330.20 status who also have a history of inappropriate sexual behaviors. The focus of the presentation will be on how to utilize various treatment modalities and develop a therapeutic community conducive to treatment, reduce barriers that may impede treatment progress, and assess patients to determine current needs and measure their progress within the program. The presentation will provide individuals at the conference the opportunity to see emerging treatment approaches for treating individuals determined to be dangerously mentally ill who also engage in inappropriate sexual behaviors. Through the use of motivational interviewing and similar approaches, the Behavior Change Program (BCP) has begun to provide treatment to individuals to reduce risk of future sexual violence. The treatment modality incorporates multiple evidence-based approaches to create a unified approach to treatment to mitigate specific sexual-offending risk factors in a population of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness who are deemed dangerously mentally ill.

A4:  Safe Touch: An Experiential Approach

Christin Santiago-Calling, CTRS, Whitney Academy

Adolescents who display problematic sexualized behaviors often struggle with touch in any form. Some seek out constant comfort through touch, and others avoid touch at all costs. Research tells us that touch is an essential component to a healthy life, and yet many sexualized programs strictly regulate, and in some cases, restrict touch of any kind. However, many of these programs utilize physical restraints as part of their behavior management system, which sends a dangerous message to clients.
This workshop will be experiential, and will allow participants the opportunity to discuss current interventions as they relate to touch, as well as experience the activities and interventions to gain perspective on their effective use within various programs.
This workshop is a vital component to those doing clinical group work with adolescents to enhance the overall treatment of adolescents who display problematic sexualized behaviors. By utilizing the tools provided in the workshop, providers will gain a better understanding of how to effectively an safely incorporate touch into their treatment, as well as enhance current touch interventions. Providers will leave the presentation feeling more confident in their ability to safely facilitate activities that focus on touch.