Concurrent Sessions C | Tuesday, May 22


C1:  Foundations 2: Working with Sexually Abusive Youth

Phil Rich, Private Practice

Treatment for both sexually abusive youth and adult sexual offenders has shifted during the past few years, and continues to do so, embracing ideas about the nature of the therapeutic process rather than focused solely upon the delivery of psychoeducational and cognitive behavioral concepts related to sexually abusive behavior. Treatment for sexually abusive behavior has become more sophisticated, recognizing and embracing elements common to all effective forms of treatment rather than cognitive behavioral concepts alone, and in which treatment is, perhaps above all, about relationships, social connection, and engagement in a healthy and safe community. In this more holistic model of rehabilitation, not only is treatment significantly about attachment and connection but treatment must itself be delivered in a manner that is connective and relational. In this contemporary approach, the role of the clinician, the clinician’s engagement in the treatment process, and the therapeutic relationship are each central and critical. This workshop will describe and discuss this shift and the elements of this relationally-based approach to treatment.

C2:  Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in New York State: Could a Prevention Project Dunkelfeld-Style Program be Implemented Here?

Gillian Tenbergen, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego
Jeffrey Sandler, Ph.D., Private Practice

The primary goal of this presentation is to investigate and discuss the feasibility of such a child sexual abuse prevention program here in New York State, as well as discuss the needs and requirements of such a program. How might we be able to use the German PPD to inform our practice in New York State? How do we address the issue of mandatory reporting? What would stakeholders in the justice, clinical, and client domains like to see in such a program? Finally, what financial and personnel resources, both short- and long-term, are needed to implement the scheme? Until this information has been obtained and thoroughly understood, no prevention scheme can hope to exist. This project, therefore, seeks to work together with all interested stakeholders in the realm of child sexual abuse prevention, including police departments, parole and probation departments, community organizations who work with sexual offenders, victims’ rights and advocacy groups, and clinics and their staff who provide sexual offender treatment, as well as known sexual offenders against children.
The first part of the workshop will introduce the Prevention Project Dunkelfeld, giving both its background and up-to-date results of its implementation in Germany, based on the expertise of the first presenter that she accumulated while working in Germany with the PPD. The second part will then be a round-table type discussion with all interested parties on how to implement such a program within New York State. This event is open and attendance is highly encouraged by all interested parties.

C3:  Sexual Coercion: From Persuasion to Sadism

Charles Flinton, Ph.D., San Francisco Forensic Institute, Blue Rock Institute

This workshop is designed for forensic evaluators, judges, attorneys, and other professionals who seek to expand their knowledge and skill in identifying agonistic paraphilic disorders. The DSM-5 only defines one point of the coercive spectrum with its description of Sexual Sadism Disorder (SSD). This presentation will explore a wide range of coercive-driven paraphilic disorders currently assigned to the category of Other Specified Paraphilic Disorders. This presentation specifically targets the improvement of professional skills for assessing the presence of paraphilic disorders along the agonistic-coercive continuum (From Persuasion to Sadism). The continuum of sexual preference and arousal involving various degrees of partner dominance (e.g., simple compliance, obedience, submission, subjugation, fear, emotional anguish, physical pain, humiliation, etc.) will be discussed.

C4:  Using Empathic Communication to Achieve the Goals of the Good Lives Model

Stephen Butts, Marcy Correctional Facility, PBSOTP

The Empathic Communication workshop will train clinicians about how to teach clients to use empathic communication skills when speaking to themselves (through self-talk) and others. The goal of treating sexual offenders is to reduce the risk of re-offense and to prevent physical, emotional, or sexual violence. Teaching offenders how to empathically communicate with themselves and others reduces the risk of physical, emotional, or sexual violence occurring. Empathic Communication is based on Non-Violent Communication, which was created by Marshall Rosenberg to resolve conflict in healthy, non-violent ways. Non-Violent Communication assumes that violence is a learned behavior that people use to meet their needs when they are unaware of more effective strategies. Empathic Communication is based on the belief that people have the ability to be empathic and desire to be empathic. Similar to the Good Lives Model, which helps clients identify the primary and secondary goods they seek as well as appropriate ways to acquire those goods, Empathic Communication teaches clients how to effectively identify and choose empathic responses, which will increase their ability to have their needs met.