Concurrent Sessions B | Tuesday, May 22


B1:  Foundations 1: Understanding Sexually Abusive Youth

Phil Rich, Private Practice

Treatment for sexually abusive youth, and the way in which we view young people who engage in sexually abusive behavior, has shifted during the past few years, and continues to do so, recognizing the importance of understanding sexually abusive behavior as a complex behavior that develops under different circumstances for each individual and significantly influenced by early and on-doing developmental experiences. This workshop discusses the onset of sexually abusive behavior from a developmental and attachment perspective, aiming to provide workshop participants with a way to understand adolescents who engage in sexually abusive behavior from a developmental, contextual, and ecological perspective. The workshop will provide a foundation not only for understanding sexually troubled youth, but also a developing model and approach to treatment. We will highlight the role and importance of social learning and early adverse developmental experiences in the development of troubled sexual behavior, outline a pathway from early and ongoing experience to sexually abusive behavior, and discuss the importance and role of social skill acquisition in both understanding and treating sexually abusive behavior.

B2:  A 360-Degree Approach to Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response

Thomas R. Andriola, New York State Division of Criminal Justice
Carly Sunderlin, LMSW, Sexual Assault and Crime Victim Assistance Center at Samaritan Hospital

This year’s conference theme, entitled “Working Together: Unifying the approach to Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response,” hits the nail right on the head when it comes to how we collectively need to approach sexual abuse in New York State and across the country. This presentation will delve into details about what a 360⁰ approach to sexual abuse prevention and response might look like, what is being done to address the issue in New York State, and what more needs to be done. Attendees will learn how linking strategies together and collaborating with professionals from other disciplines and geographic areas can exponentially enhance the impact they can have in preventing and responding to sexual abuse. They will also learn about the dynamics that trauma can have on learning, behavior, and relationships, and will explore ways they can contribute to a comprehensive solution through their own personal and professional lens.

B3:  Deniers and Non-Identifiers: Providing Treatment to Sex Offenders Who Deny their Role in their Offense from a Therapeutic Approach

Justyna Rzewinski, LCSW, RevCore Recovery Center of Manhattan
Kathleen Castro, LMHC, RevCore Recovery Center of Manhattan

The focus of this presentation is to illustrate treatment approaches that are utilized at Revcore Recovery with adult males that have been convicted of a sexual offense, however have been identified as categorical deniers as they do not identify with their crime of conviction. We will also focus on identifying strengths and weaknesses of our approach while exploring areas of improvement.