Concurrent Session Speakers


Gene G. Abel, M.D.
E1: The Legal and Scientific Standards for Acceptance of Assessments

Gene G. Abel, M.D., founder and president of Abel Screening is an internationally recognized pioneer in the sexual protection of children. The federal government has awarded him six long-term National Institute of Mental Health grants to study the prevention of child sexual abuse. A past president of the National Society for Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Abel is a Distinguished, Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association and a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A full professor, he has served on the faculty of several medical schools including Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Emory University Medical School and Morehouse Medical School. Dr. Abel has published 150 scientific articles in medical journals and criminal justice books and on the Attorney General's Departmetn of Justice website. With Nora Harlow, he is the co-author of "The Stop Child Molestation Book: What Ordinary People Can Do in Their Everyday Lives to Save Three Million Children".

Thomas R. Andriola
B2: A 360° Approach to Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response

Tom Andriola serves as the Chief of Policy and Implementation for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. In that capacity, he is responsible for facilitating the progress and implementation of various juvenile justice reform initiatives across New York State and advising the Division on other key public safety and cross systems initiatives. He is also a representative of the New York State Children's Justice Task Force, the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, and the New York State Interagency Task Force on HIV/AIDS. Previously, Mr. Andriola served as a member of the Mohonasen Board of Education in Rotterdam, New York, as Director of Policy and Implementation for the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, as Assistant Chief Budget Examiner for the New York State Division of the Budget, and as Deputy Budget Director for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. He also spent some time working in the private sector prior to joining public service. Mr. Andriola received an M.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany in 1996 and a B.S. in Economics in 1993 from Siena College, which included a semester abroad at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Jessica Bartels, Ph.D.
A2: Vicarious Trauma and Cumulative Career Traumatic Stress: How working with sexual offenders can impact provider’s sexual intimacy and parenting skills

Dr. Jessica Bartels received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and is a Licensed Psychologist. She is listed with the Colorado SOMB as a Full-Operating Treatment Provider and Evaluator for both adults and juveniles and a Child Contact Assessment (CCA) evaluator. Dr. Bartels is a Certified Trainer for the SOTIPS and VASOR-2 adult sex offender risk assessments as well as a Certified Trainer of the J-SOAP-II for juvenile sex offenders.  She has conducted several trainings in the areas of psychological assessments, risk assessments, the DSM-5, professional issues, juvenile treatment, the MATRIX protocol and treating sexually reactive youth. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Kurt Bumby, Ph.D.
D1: Exploring Key Issues Pertaining to Campus Sexual Assault
Closing Plenary: System Responses to Individuals who Sexually Abuse: Where We've Been and Where We're Heading

Dr. Kurt Bumby is a Senior Associate with the Center for Effective Public Policy, where he oversees multiple national initiatives and is the Director of the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM).  He provides training and technical assistance to stakeholders throughout the country, contributes to a wide variety of written and web-based resources largely regarding sex offender management, and has conducted research and published multiple journal articles and book chapters on a variety of forensic topics.  He is a Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), is an ATSA Fellow, and serves on the International Advisory Committee for the Safer Society Foundation and the Advisory Board for the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth.

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

Stephen Butts is a Psychologist 2 with the Prison-Based Sexual Offender Treatment Program (PBSOTP) at Marcy Correctional Facility. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He received his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University, his M.A. in Addiction Counseling from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, and his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. Stephen has been evaluating and treating sexual offenders for the past five years. He has focused on contributing to the creation of criminal justice and drug policies that maximize treatment effects while minimizing the impact on individuals’ civil liberties. He has interned at the ACLU, studied the mental health effects of solitary confinement, and wrote an article about sexual offender residency restrictions. His dissertation analyzes whether female college students are aware of current campus sexual assault statistics, laws, policies, and resources; and if their awareness affected their decision making and use of protective behavior strategies.

Angelique Calley, LCSW, CASAC
D4: Engaging Families in Adolescent Treatment: Understanding Benefits and Barriers

Angelique Caley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Credentialed Alcoholism &Substance Abuse Counselor whose career focus for the past ten years has been worldng with those experiencing family violence issues. She currently works at Child and Family Services in the mental health, anger management, and sexual abuse prevention programs. Angelique is also passionate about education and has worked for the past eight years as an adjunct in the Human Services Department at Monroe Community College.

Antonino Camaj. Ph.D.
A3: Developing a Program to Treat Mentally Ill Patients with Sexual Offending Behaviors

Dr. Antonino Camaj is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He has been employed by Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center for the last three years and currently serves as the psychologist for the Behavior Change Unit - a unit for patients with histories of inappropriate sexual behaviors who are currently retained under CPL 330:20 due to their dangerous mental illness. He currently provides both group and individual therapy to these patients while also administering  psychological assessments.

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

Kathleen Castro is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Director of RevCore Recovery Center of Manhattan’s Queens Location. She received her Master’s Degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2014 and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Hunter College in 2011. Ms. Castro has been employed with RevCore since 2014. She is certified in conducting the Static-99R, Stable and Acute 2007 tools which she utilizes to determine risk and sex offender treatment need. She has extensive experience working with Juveniles and Adults involved in the Justice System as well as collaborating with their families for support. As the Clinical Director, she manages the Substance Abuse treatment program and Sex Offender treatment program offered in the Queens location. She currently oversees a team of clinicians who provide specialty services which include Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Parenting, and Sex Offender Treatment. Ms. Castro participates in community collaboration meetings with other agencies which include parole, probation, and criminal court.
Ms. Castro also continues to have a strong involvement in providing Sex Offender treatment which she does through group and individual counseling services.

Brent Ewell, LCSWR
E3: Gallows Humor: The Costs and Benefits of Humor and How We Use it in Our Work

Brent Ewell, LCSWR is finally crawling to the finish line and into retirement after a long and fabulously undistinguished career. For more than forty years he has at various times flailed about as a teacher, child protection worker, mental health therapist, and workshop presenter. His longest wheel-spinning stint by far, however, was as a private practice therapist and evaluator for children, adolescents, and adults who had displayed harmful sexual behaviors. During the quarter-century that he provided community-based sex offense evaluations and treatment, and led occasionally well received training workshops, Brent became known for peppering his presentations and treatment meetings with a finely crafted, edgy, and surprisingly insightful gallows humor. Or that might have been his secondary trauma mixed over time with a bit of biting sarcasm and innate pessimism. Hard to tell.

Charles A. Flinton, Ph.D.
A1: New Directons in Prevention: Meaning and Purpose for Stakeholders and Front-line Clinicians
C3: Sexual Coercion: From Persuasion to Sadism

Dr. Charles A. Flinton has been engaged in research, assessment, and treatment of child abuse since 1986. Since 1992, his work has focused on assessing and treating sexual offenders. His work includes consulting on the management of sexual offenders with various local and national organizations, including the Center on Sex Offender Management (CSOM), Generation 5, the National Organization of Women (NOW), and the California Sexual Offender Management Board (CASOMB). In 2004, he was appointed Co-Chair of the San Francisco Sex Offender Management Alliance (SFSOMA) by the San Francisco's Mayor's Office. In 2006, Dr. Flinton co-authored, "Engaging Resistance," a book that explores the manner in which sexual offenders resist change and how this resistance both mirrors and is facilitated by treatment providers, the criminal justice/child welfare systems, and society. In 2010, as chair of the Adult Standards Committee of the California Coalition on Sexual Offending, he was the primary author for the “Guidelines and Best Practices: Adult Male Sex Offender Treatment.” Most recently, he co-founded the Blue Rock Institute, an organization aimed to prevent sexual abuse through early intervention and education. He is currently completing a manuscript on “The Institutionalization and De- Institutionalization of Sexual Offenders: A management and treatment planning guide for sex offender community reintegration.”

Thomas P. Keating, LMHC
E4: RESEPCT: 7 Steps to Trust in 7 Seconds

Tom Keating, LMHC is a well-known and highly regarded therapist in the mental health field who has developed a breakthrough therapy. His specialized area of practice is the treatment of adults with developmental delays, mental illness and sexual offending behaviors. Tom is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Social Worker. Tom has developed a succesful evidence-based program for teens and adults. As a school-community liasion, he is working with inner-city community adolescents on bullying issues, a team leader with physciatric day treatment programs for individuals diagnosed with cognitive delay and major mental illness, a counselor with individuals with physical challenges and or sexual offensive behaviors and a Social worker investigating criminally neglected and battered children.

He is currently working with teens on location at their schools, and individually with teens and adults privately at his office. He also lectures and presents workshops internationally about his unique approach. Tom has created a 7-step treatment for individuals with offending behaviors called RESPECT®. The program stresses personal responsibility for behaviors and applies a,multi-sensory approach using evidence-based and martial arts techniques that greatly reduce the amount of recidivism in such patients. Tom did his graduate work at Assumption College, Worcester, where he received his MA degree in Social Rehabilitation, and Fitchburg State College, where he was awarded a CAGS certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Behavioral Science. He earned his BA degree at UMASS, Amherst, MA, in Experimental Psychology. Tom has been in the human services field since 1970.

Iana Lal, LMHC
D4: Engaging Families in Adolescent Treatment: Understanding Benefits and Barriers

Iana Lal has been providing clinical services within the Buffalo area since 2006 and is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor. For the past eight years she has worked at Child & Family Services in a variety of clinical positions with her current position being Clinical Supervisor providing clinical supervision to staff within family mental health, anger management, and the sexual abuse prevention programs. She has a background in forensic mental health, specifically working with adolescents and adults who have committed sexual offenses as well as working with secondary victims of sexual abuse in an effort to reduce risk and impact to the community as a whole.

Corey Leidenfrost, Ph.D.
E3: Gallows Humor: The Costs and Benefits of Humor and How We Use it in Our Work

Dr. Corey Leidenfrost is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo. He works in forensic and clinical psychology at the Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo, NY. He also serves as the Unit Chief for a specialized psychiatric inpatient unit for individuals who are aggressive due to serious mental illness at a large county hospital. Previously, Dr. Leidenfrost worked at Child & Family Services where he conducted risk assessment, along with individual and group treatment with sex offenders. Dr. Leidenfrost’s various research activities include the provision of mental health treatment to inmates with serious mental illness in jail and the treatment and management of aggressive psychiatric. He is a board member for the NYS Alliance for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse.

Amanda Miller, Ph.D.
A3: Developing a Program to Treat Mentally Ill Patients with Sexual Offending Behaviors

Dr. Amanda Miller is a licensed psychologist at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric center. Her education, research, and training has centered around adolescents and adults with mental health issues who are either at risk for, or are currently involved in the legal system. She serves dual roles at Mid-Hudson, administratively managing a clinical team and a unit of adult male inpatients, and providing direct services that include individual and group therapy, and conducting risk assessments. Presently she is involved in establishing a unit that specializes in the treatment of individuals who have engaged in sexual offending behavior and have accepted a 330.20 plea; the unit is unique to OMH. She enjoys the challenges of program implementation and evaluation and believes that there are a number of external factors that can scaffold treatment success.

Sara Moore, Psy.D
D3: Lovemaps: The Paraphilias in Film

Sara Moore completed a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Forensic Psychology [2010] and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology [Psy.D. - 2016] from William James College. During her doctoral studies, she examined the countertransferential reactions therapists experienced working with their male sexual offending patients. Sara has spent eight years working with sexual offenders and has presented at statewide conferences in both Massachusetts and New York as well as various international conferences.

Bill O'Leary, Psy.D
D2: Switching the Topic from Sex Offenders to Sexual Abuse

Dr. Bill O’Leary has been working with victims and perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes for over 20 years. In 1999, he began his own consulting business named People Talk, Inc. Through consulting, Bill has taught for SUNY Stonybrook, Fordham University, Buffalo State, rookies for the New York Giants, and thousands of students via bullying and sexual harassment workshops in schools. Bill has also taught for NY City ACS specializing in  Cmmon Core, Sexual Abuse, and investigations. He is presently a board member on NYS ATSA as well as NYS APSA. Currently, he still teaches on a consultant basis, is a media consultant, and works extensively as a forensic therapist with law enforcement agencies.

Phil Rich, Ed.D., LICSW
Opening Plenary: The Evolution of Practice in the Treatment of Youth Who Engage in Sexually Harmful Behavior
B1: Foundations 1: Understanding Sexually Abusive Youth
C1: Foundations 2: Working with Sexually Abusive Youth
E2: Group Work in the Treatment of Sexually Abusive Youth

Phil Rich, Ed.D., LICSW presents, trains, and consults nationally and internationally, and is currently in private practice as a consultant and trainer specializing in work with sexually abusive youth. Phil holds a doctorate in applied behavioral and organizational studies and a master’s degree in social work, and has been a licensed independent clinical social worker for over 30 years. Phil is the author of “Understanding Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation (1st and 2nd editions),” “Attachment and Sexual Offending: Understanding and Applying Attachment Theory to the Treatment of Juvenile Sexual Offenders,” and “Juvenile Sexual Offenders: A Comprehensive Guide to Risk Evaluation,” as well as the four “Stages of Accomplishment Workbooks for Sexually Abusive Youth.” He is a Fellow of ATSA, and currently serves as the Juvenile Clinical Specialist on the ATSA Executive Board.

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

Cynthia Rinker is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who has spent the last 25 years working with various populations in the mental health field. She has worked in residential facilities for emotionally disturbed children and for adults with severe mental health diagnoses, and in a battered women’s shelter with women and their children. For 13 years, she worked in Child Welfare as a child welfare worker, supervisor, and program manager. Beginning in 2009, she returned to direct service providing therapy primarily with sexual offenders. After working in systems that only reacted to things that have already happened, she became interested in prevention. The scope of her practice then expanded to include people who were struggling with problematic sexual behavior that were not (yet) involved in the criminal justice system.

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

Justyna Rzewinski is a Licensed Clinical Masters Leveled Social Worker and Clinical Director of the Sex Offender Treatment Program at RevCore, Recovery Center of Manhattan. She received her Master’s Degree at Silberman School of Social Work in 2010 and Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2008 with a minor in Addiction Studies. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with chemical addictions in recovery. She has also worked with underserved families as well as abused and neglected children. She is certified in conducting the Static-99R, Stable and Acute 2007 assessment tools, which she utilizes in RevCore's Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens locations for individuals mandated to sex offender treatment. She determines risk and intensity of sex offender treatment offered to each patient. Currently she is also conducting a female sex offender treatment group which is a strong interest of hers. Ms. Rzewinski has been employed with RevCore since 2012 and is an active participant in the annual conference for Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) as well as a member of NYS ATSA.

Jeffrey Sandler, Ph.D.
C2: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in New York State: Could a Prevention Project Dunkelfeld-Style Program Be Implemented Here?

 Dr. Jeffrey Sandler is a researcher whose fields of research include risk assessment of those who commit sexual offenses, females who commit sexual offenses, and public policies designed to manage those who commit sexual offenses.

Christin Santiago-Calling, CTRS
A4: Safe Touch: An Experiential Approach

Christin is the Director of Recreation Therapy for the Whitney Academy, and has been for 12 years. In that role, she has developed innovative therapeutic activities to foster personal and interpersonal growth in the youth served. She has presented this topic to clinical audiences across the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, Norway and Sweden. Prior to working at the Whitney Academy, Christin has worked with youth in clinical settings, incorporating outdoor adventure programming to develop self-esteem and success in her clients. She attended the University of Connecticut to achieve a BS in Therapeutic Recreation, and is a Board Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. Christin is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Adolescent Perpetration Network.

Renee Sorrentino, MD
D3: Lovemaps: The Paraphilias in Film

Dr. Sorrentino is the medical director at the Institute for Sexual Wellness and Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sorrentino is a Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with paraphilias. Dr. Sorrentino received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. Following her residency, Dr. Sorrentino completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship with Phillip Resnick. M. D. at Case Western Reserve University and a clerkship with John Bradford. M.D. an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of sexually dangerous individuals. Dr. Sorrentino's practice is devoted to the treatment and evaluation of paraphilias and sexual offenders as well as the hormonal treatment of paraphilias.

Carly Sunderlin, LMSW
B2: A 360° Approach to Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response

lCarly Sunderlin, LMSW Carly Sunderlin is an adolescent therapist and prevention educator at the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program in Rensselaer County. Beginning as a volunteer advocate in 2010, Carly has worked with many women, children, and families who have experienced various types of crime and trauma. During her graduate work at The University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Masters of Social Work degree in 2014, she was able to expand upon her clinical skill in domestic and international settings. In her present role, she strives to provide trauma-informed, strengths based, and client-centered group and individual services to adolescents, and school communities that have experienced sexual assault, family and interpersonal violence, as well as other traumatic events. In addition, she provides training regarding working with youth, traumainformed care, and child sexual assault prevention; the latter with curriculum sponsored by the Enough Abuse Campaign. Carly is involved in various community, and state wide collaboratives, which allow her to strengthen partnerships, and that continue to inform both her clinical and prevention education practices. She acknowledges that trauma work, and assisting youth is a challenging task, and encourages everyone to identify and engage in self-care practices regularly.

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

Over the past 25 years, Joan Tabachnick has developed educational materials and innovative programs for national, state and local organizations. Joan created the programming for Stop It Now! before starting her own consulting practice. Since then she has been the director of NEARI Press, the executive director of MASOC, and is currently a fellow with the Department of Justice, SMART Office.

Joan is also on the executive committee of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, is founding co-chair of ATSA’s prevention committee and serves on a number of statewide task forces. Her recent written work includes a National Sexual Violence Resource publications titled “Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention,” and another titled “Family Reunification after Child Sexual Abuse,” and a publication through the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers called “A Reasoned Approach: The Reshaping of Sex Offender Policy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.”

Gillian Tenbergen, Ph.D.
C2: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in New York State: Could a Prevention Project Dunkelfeld-Style Program be Implemented Here?

Dr. Gilian Tenbergen is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology with SUNY Oswego, specializing in the neurobiology of pedophilia and its translation into the prevention of child sexual abuse. She came to Oswego via Hannover, Germany, where she spent several years working with the German Prevention Project Dunkelfeld and the German national NeMUP Research Consortium (Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying Pedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse), and hopes to bring her experience back to her native New York. Her research interests focus primarily on the roles of neuropsychology and neurobiology on the development of paraphilias and risk factors in the commission of sexual offenses.

Brenna Tindall, Ph.D.
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 is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Addiction Counselor III. She is a Full Operating Colorado SOMB Adult and Juvenile Evaluator and Therapist; an Associate Level Evaluator for Offender's with Intellectual Disabilities; and a Full Operating Domestic Violence Management Board (DVOMB) Evaluator Dr. Tindall is a Certified Trainer for the SOTIPS and VASOR-2 adult sex offender risk assessments, as well as a Certified Trainer of the J-SOAP-II for juvenile sex offenders.  Additionally, she is also a Certified Child Contact Assessment (CCA) Evaluator. Dr. Tindall has presented at multiple conferences and given trainings for the past nine years on topics including risk assessments, professional issues, treatment and evaluation of juvenile and adult offenders, the MATRIX protocol, psychological assessment, the DSM-5, and Health Psychology.

Bret White, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW
E1: The Legal and Scientific Standards for Acceptance of Assessments

Dr. Bret White is the CEO of Abel Screening Inc. He provides training to ASI’S network of therapists on the clinical interpretation of the ASI products. He was formally on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Forensic Counselors.  He has been treating people who sexually abuse children since 1989 and is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.  Dr. White speaks nationally at trainings and conferences on treatment issues for people who fail to observe sexual boundaries.  He was awarded his Doctoral Degree from the Institute for Clinical Social Work and earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas.