SSP17: A Conversation with David Prescott & Dr. Tyffani Dent about Applying the Good Lives Model in Work with Court-Involved Teenagers & Young Adults

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David S. Prescott

is a licensed clinical social worker who has published 17 books
and numerous articles on sexual violence, the good lives model of treatment, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed care. He has also lectured throughout the world on these subjects.


 

Dr. Tyffani Dent

is a licensed psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience working with adolescents involved with Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services. Her professional work has focused primarily on the school-to-prison pipeline and issues of mental health in Black and Brown girls and women.

In this episode:

  • David Prescott begins with a history of the good lives model (GLM) and its beginnings as a treatment framework for adult sexual abusers.
  • He then talks about how the GLM has evolved as a framework for working with a wide variety of offenders, not just sexual abusers.
  • Finally, he talks about how the GLM has been modified for work with young men and boys.
  • Tyffani Dent joins the conversation to talk about its application with young women and girls.

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Related SSP Materials:

The Good Lives Model for Adolescents Who Sexually Harm, edited by Bobbie Print, Foreword by Tony Ward – About the choice of the G-map Treatment Centre in Manchester UK to use the Good Lives Model (GLM) as their treatment framework and how they adapted the model for work with adolescents.

Click the image to purchase GLM for Adolescents!

Applying the Good Lives and Self-Regulation Models to Sex Offender Treatment, A Practical Guide for Clinicians, by Pamela Yates, David Prescott, and Tony Ward – A common sense guide to helping offenders build a lifestyle incompatible with offending.

Trauma-Informed Care, Transforming Treatment for People Who Have Sexually Abused, by Jill Levenson, Gwenda Willis, and David Prescott – A review of the cross-disciplinary research on the impact of early childhood trauma on cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development and the practical application of this knowledge to case conceptualization and trauma-informed responding.

 

 

SSP16: A Conversation with Dr. Franca Cortoni About Women Who Sexually Abuse

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Dr. Franca Cortoni is one of the world’s leading experts on women who sexually abuse. She is currently a full time faculty member of the University of Montreal School of Criminology, a research fellow at the International Center of Comparative Criminology, and president of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers).

In this episode, Dr. Cortoni:

  • Expels the popular myth that there is no such thing as a woman who purposefully choose to sexually abuse.
  • Explains why we cannot apply to women the same tools that have been developed for assessing risk of recidivism in men.
  • Talks about gender differences in treatment and management needs.

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Related SSP Material:
– Women Who Sexually Abuse: Assessment, Treatment, and Management, by Franca Cortoni – Dr. Cortoni reviews what we currently know about women who engaged in sexually abusive behavior and recommends best practices for the assessment, treatment and management of female sexual offenders

Safer Society Handbook of Sexual Abuser Assessment and Treatment, Chapter 15, Working with Women Who Sexually Offend, by Franca Cortoni, a pdf downloadable.

SSP15: A Conversation with Dr. Alissa Ackerman about Vicarious Restorative Justice with Sexual Abusers

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Dr. Alissa Ackerman-Acklin is a sex crimes policy researcher at California State University, Fullerton. As a survivor of sexual violence herself, Alissa uses her personal experience and her professional expertise to bridge connections between individuals who have experienced sexual victimization and individuals who have perpetrated it.

In this episode, Dr. Ackerman:

  • Explains the concept of restorative justice (RJ), a framework that brings together people who have caused harm with people who have been harmed.
  • Talks about the use of RJ worldwide to address societal harms (e.g., apartheid in South Africa), its recent introduction in the U.S. as an alternative to incarceration for low-level crimes, and her proposed framework for its use in cases of sexual abuse.
  • Describes vicarious restorative justice (VRJ), a practice that allows individuals who have experienced sexual harm to sit face to face with individuals who have perpetrated it.

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Related SSP Material: Look for Dr. Ackerman’s book on vicarious restorative justice to be published by Safer Society Press in 2019.

You can also listen to Dr. Alissa-Acklin in Safer Society Press Podcast 12 & 13:  
SSP12 (Part 1 of 2): Panel Discussion of the #MeToo Movement

 

 

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SSP14: A Conversation with Dr. Norbert Ralph about Promoting Social Skills in Adolescents

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Dr. Norbert Ralph, clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, and epidemiologist. He works as a psychologist in juvenile hall in San Francisco with youth in detention and also treats juveniles who have sexually offended on an outpatient basis.

Dr. Ralph is the author of Being a Pro, a workbook for promoting prosocial skills in adolescents. In this episode, Dr. Ralph talks about:

  • His interest in the neuropsychology of social reasoning development in adolescents
  • The meaning of the term prosocial development, and
  • The research and theoretical foundations of his workbook, Being a Pro

Listen to Norbert talk about his years of experience working with adolescents and his search for an evidence-based intervention that would be effective and practical for the average clinician to employ.


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Related SSP Material: Being a Pro, The Prosocial Model for Problem Solving, by Norbert Ralph, PhD, a workbook for building pro-social problem solving skills in justice-system involved teens, that is written in plain language with content designed to engage today’s youths.

SSP13 (Part 2 of 2): Panel Discussion of the #MeToo Movement

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In Part 2 of this discussion we rejoin the panel to discuss:

  • How men need to rethink their ways of behaving
  • The goal of publicizing individuals’ harmful acts should be prevention rather than revenge
  • The need to expand the dialog to include the harm experienced in marginalized populations

 

David S. Prescott

is a licensed clinical social worker who has published 17 books
and numerous articles in the area of sexual violence, trauma,
and psychotherapy and has lectured in these areas around the
world.David will be the moderator of the panel.


 

Dr. Alissa Ackerman-Acklin

is a sex crimes policy researcher at California State University, Fullerton. As a public survivor of sexual violence, Alissa uses her personal experience and her professional expertise to bridge connections between individuals who have experienced sexual victimization and individuals who have perpetrated it.


Dr. Kieran McCartan

is an associate professor of Criminology at the University of West of England in the UK and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology. Kieran researches and publishes on the subjects of sex offender risk management, reintegration, and the prevention of sexual abuse.

 

 


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SSP12 (Part 1 of 2): Panel Discussion of the #MeToo Movement

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In this two-part discussion, a panel of three experts on the prevention of sexual abuse and the rehabilitation of sexual abusers share their reactions to the national conversation sparked by the #MeToo movement.  The members of the panel are:

 

David S. Prescott

is a licensed clinical social worker who has published 17 books
and numerous articles in the area of sexual violence, trauma,
and psychotherapy and has lectured in these areas around the
world.David will be the moderator of the panel.


 

Dr. Alissa Ackerman-Acklin

is a sex crimes policy researcher at California State University, Fullerton. As a public survivor of sexual violence, Alissa uses her personal experience and her professional expertise to bridge connections between individuals who have experienced sexual victimization and individuals who have perpetrated it.


Dr. Kieran McCartan

is an associate professor of Criminology at the University of West of England in the UK and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology. Kieran researches and publishes on the subjects of sex offender risk management, reintegration, and the prevention of sexual abuse.

 

 

In Part 1 of this discussion the panel talks about:

  • How people should understand the range of harm that can be caused by sexual misconduct
  • The problems that arise when all levels of harmful behavior are lumped together
  • The broader solutions that lie in changing socialization and social norms

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SSP11: A Conversation with Becky Palmer about Family Therapy with Sexual Offenders

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Rebecca (Becky) Palmer MS is a trained marriage and family therapist with expertise in the area of sexual offender treatment and family reintegration.

In this episode, Becky talks to us about:

  • the problems that arise when adult offenders wish to be reunited with their families after their release
  • why it is important for adult offender treatment providers to learn more about family therapy
  • how she works with adult offenders and their families who want to be reunited

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SSP10: A Conversation with Tim Kahn about Helping Families of Children and Teens with Sexual Behavior Problems

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Timothy J. Kahn is the author of Pathways, Safer Society’s bestselling treatment workbook for adolescents who have sexually offended. To help parents cope with the issue of children with sexual behavior problems, Tim wrote Healthy Families, a book that is also among our bestselling titles.

In this episode, listen to Tim talk about:

  • why he wrote Healthy Families
  • how he uses it in his own practice
  • how Healthy Families helps parents understand the assessment and treatment process, answers their questions, and provides emotional support

Be sure to leave us your comments on this podcast episode and suggest questions that Tim Kahn might answer in the future. (Click the title of this episode to find the comment section.)

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SSP09: A Conversation with Gerry Blasingame about Healthy Sexuality and Teens with Intellectual Disabilities

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Gerry Blasingame, PsyD, is a professional trainer and consultant widely recognized as an expert on program development and best practices in the treatment of forensic clients with developmental disabilities as well as juveniles with sexual behavior problems. In this interview, Gerry gives us advice about approaching the subject of healthy sexuality with teens who have intellectual disabilities.

Listen as Gerry offers:

  • advice on how parents should begin teaching and modeling healthy sexuality attitudes and behavior when their children are young
  • guidelines for caregivers and guardians on helping teens with intellectual disabilities understand healthy sexual behavior
  • lessons about communicating with intellectually disabled teens about healthy sexuality that he has learned from his own professional experience

Be sure to leave us your comments on this episode, and suggest questions that Mary might ask Gerry in a future episode! (Click the title of this episode to find the comment section.)

Related SSP Material:

Three works written or edited by Gerry Blasingame:

SSP08: A Conversation with Dr. Sandy Jung about Applying the Risk-Need-Responsivity Principles in Practice

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Sandy Jung, PhD, RPsych, is Associate Professor of Psychology at MacEwan University in Edmunton, Canada. She is widely known in the field for her expertise on the subject of applying risk-need-responsivity principles to the management and treatment of sexual offenders.

Listen as Sandy offers advice on how clinicians can shape their everyday practice around RNR by:

  • using the risk principle to assign the appropriate level of service for a client
  • selecting interventions based on the client’s criminogenic need
  • assessing a client’s responsivity issues and adjusting interventions appropriately

Be sure to leave us your comments on this episode, and suggest questions that Mary might ask Sandy in a future episode! (Click the title of this episode to find the comment section.)

 

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SSP07: A Conversation with Feather Berkower about Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Abuse

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For National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’ve asked Feather Berkower, coauthor of Off Limits, one of our most popular books for parents of young children, and founder of parentingsafechildren.com to talk to us about the kinds of things parents can do to take some of the onus off children to protect themselves from sexual abuse, including:

  • building a prevention team of caregivers
  • talking with the teens/adults in children’s lives about body safety
  • teaching children body-safety rules


Be sure to leave us your comments on this episode, and suggest questions that Mary might ask Feather in a future episode! (Click the title of this episode to find the comment section.)

Related SSP Material:

Find more preventing child sexual abuse resources on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.

 

SSP06: A Conversation with David Prescott about Motivation, the Good Lives Model, and Trauma-Informed Care

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David Prescott, LICSW, is one of the most prolific writers and lecturers in the field of sexual abuser treatment. In this episode, David talks about three important paradigms in the field:

Listen to David relate how he worked with others in the field to develop the models and teach the field about them. He also explains how the models can be combined in a practical way when treating both adults and adolescents.


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SSP05: A Conversation with Maia Christopher about ATSA’s New Adolescent Treatment Guidelines

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Maia Christopher, Executive Director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), gives listeners a preview of the new adolescent treatment guidelines and how changes in our understanding of adolescent behavior and brain development are impacting best practices in adolescent treatment.

Listen to Maia explain:

  • Research evidence which shows that adolescents are different from adults, especially in terms of brain development.
  • Why, unlike the adult brain, the adolescent brain is still not fully in control of impulse behavior.
  • Current knowledge in child and adolescent development, which should be used to inform treatment practices

Be sure to leave us your comments on this episode, and suggest questions that Mary might ask Maia in a future episode! (Click the title of this episode to find the comment section.)

 

SSP04: A Conversation with Steven Sawyer about Group Therapy with Sexual Abusers

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Some people jokingly describe group therapy as “one-on-one therapy with an audience.” In this particular episode, Steve Sawyer, President of Sawyer Solutions, LLC, a private clinical and consulting practice, shares some practical advice for listeners who facilitate groups and would like to learn more about engaging their groups’ full potential.

Listen to Steve discuss:

  • essential elements of effective group facilitation
  • the importance of group cohesion
  • methods of assessing group effectiveness

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