Concurrent Sessions E | Wednesday, May 23


E1:  The Legal and Scientific Standards for Acceptance of Assessments

Gene G. Abel, M.D., Abel Screening, Inc.
Bret White, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, Abel Screening, Inc.

In testfying, your expertise must meet the Daubert standards, the Frye standard or the scientific standard. The legal standards for expert testimony (Frye and Daubert) will be explained with examples of each; the scientific standards are also reviewed with details required for publication. This presentation decribes the details of all three standards and what must be accomplished in prepreation for testifying or describing the science behind testing. Recommendations for specific presentations (legal and scientific) will be given.

E2:  Group Work in the Treatment of Sexually Abusive Youth

Phil Rich, Ed.D, LICSW

This workshop discusses the nature and role of group work in the treatment of sexually abusive youth, and describes approaches to group work and types of groups. It includes a focus on underlying principles of group therapy, the nature of content/task groups and process groups and differences between the group types, and key aspects of group culture, group development over time, and group leadership and the role and skills of the group leader. The workshop will also discuss recent research with respect to the use of group work in the treatment of sexually abusive persons, and will include opportunities for interactive discussion and question-and-answer.

E3:  Gallows Humor: The Costs and Benefits of Humor and How We Use it in our Work

Corey Leidenfrost, Ph.D., University at Buffalo
Brent Ewell, LCSW-R

The use of humor in the workplace may offer a number of benefits, including building group cohesion and serving as a means to deal with stressful situations. This workshop will explore the use of humor among individuals who work with sex offenders in multiple capacities (mental health professionals, parole and probation officers, legal personnel). We will explore and encourage discussion regarding the different types of humor used, including lighthearted humor, sexual innuendos, humor about victims, and general gallows humor. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss how they use humor in their work, what purpose it serves, what relationship it may have as a coping strategy and its possible association with Secondary Traumatic Stress. We will explore the scant literature associated with this topic and encourage discussion regarding potential implications. We will also explore and encourage discussion regarding the use of humor in groups and in individual work with sex offenders. Attendees will be encouraged to explore their degree of comfort with the use of humor, along with the potential benefits and costs of its use. We aspire to encourage a comfortable environment to explore this topic area among colleagues.

E4:  RESPECT: 7 Steps to Trust in 7 Seconds

Thomas P. Keating, LMHC
Matthew Holloway, M.Div

 RESPECT is a 7 step, behavioral-cognitive treatment and action-focused program using martial art principles with group, individual and family therapy to address dangerous sexual behavior and thinking patterns of adults and adolescents. RESPECT addresses issues of resistance, denial, victim empathy, development of self-worth, plan development, evaluation, by the entire group, development of skills to make an effective choice/decision in 7 seconds.