Call for abstracts

The Sex Offender Management Board of the state of Colorado is calling for presentation proposals for their 11th annual conference.

The conference theme is “Renew the Energy, Transformations in the Field.” The conference will be held on July 12-14 in Breckenridge. (See our event listing, here.) Proposals need to be submitted by February 28. Learn more about the proposal requirements here.

Fine winter morning at Safer Society

It hasn’t been the most snowy winter so far here in central Vermont, but lately the snow has accumulated. We had a pretty snowfall this morning outside our offices.

ATSA New York & ALLIANCE looking for nominations for the annual Fay Honey Knopp Award

The New York chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the New York State Alliance of Sexual Offender Service Providers are looking for nominations for two awards to be presented at their annual conference in June.

The Fay Honey Knopp Award commemorates the memory of Fay Honey Knopp’s advocacy, support and vision of compassion and caring in the treatment of individuals who have engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior; and her caring, support and mentoring of individuals taking on the challenge of caring for this clinical population. The Fay Honey Knopp Award will be presented to a person studying, working or volunteering in the field of sexual abuser treatment, research or sexual abuse research whose work exemplifies the qualities and vision of human goodness that Fay Honey Knopp brought to the field and whose work and spirit is an inspiration to others.

The Marilyn Etcheverry Award of Excellence is given annually to an individual or program delivering service in the field of evaluation and treatment of sex offenders which has been identified as having performed exemplary work

See here for more information and details for submitting your nominations.

MASOC/MATSA Joint Conference brochure now available

We received our copies of the brochure with the schedule and registration details for the 19th Annual MASOC/MATSA Joint Conference. The theme this year is “Preventing Sexual Violence Through Assessment, Treatment and Safe Management,” which is what our field is all about.

The conference dates are April 5 through 7 at the Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Further conference information is available here.

And don’t forget that our calendar is a good way to stay informed about upcoming events in the field, or to promote your own event.

Online training in sex offender management for people new to the field

Note: Safer Society is happy to help promote this training, which was co-developed by our friend and author, Dr. Gerry Blasingame.


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) California Chapter is excited to announce a new two-part training series addressing treatment and management of sexual offenders.

Target Audience:  These courses will be of interest to those who recently entered the field or those who need to acquire a few more continuing education hours for CASOMB certifications.

Content:  The two-part series explores several clinical aspects of evidence-based “best practices” for sex offender treatment and management including, but not limited to paraphilic disorders; the common characteristics, etiology, and typologies of adult and juvenile sex offenders; female sex offender statistics and typologies; sex offender recidivism; sex offender laws; treatment of violent sexual predators; and critical policy considerations.  The instructors for the courses are Niki Delson, LCSW, Dr. Gerry Blasingame, PsyD and Dr. Stan Taubman, PhD.

Course details: 

CEUs:  These courses meet the criteria for up to 12 continuing education units (CEUs) through NASW, which is approved by California BBS. For details visit,

NASW-CA Online Customer Service:  For questions about online training email

ATSA New York has issued a call for presentations

The New York State Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NYSATSA) and the New York State Alliance are inviting proposals for 90 minute workshop sessions and poster presentations for their 2017 Joint Conference called “Breaking New Ground: A Unified Approach Towards Sexual Abuse Prevention.”

The conference is scheduled June 12-14 at the Radisson Hotel in Albany. Proposal submission are due by January 27.

For submission instructions, click here.

ATSA Conference call for abstracts

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers has just issued its call for abstracts for the 36th Annual Research and Treatment Conference:

The theme for ATSA’s 36th Annual Research and Treatment Conference is CREATING BALANCE. All submissions related to assessment, treatment and management of individuals who sexually abuse and the prevention of sexual abuse are welcome.

The conference will be held from October 25 through 28 in Kansas City, Missouri, next year at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Learn more about the conference here, and submit your abstract here.

A guide for implementing the FFM individually

Dr. Nancy Calleja, developer of the Forward-Focused Model and author of the FFM Manual and Workbook, has put together a quick guide for implementing the FFM with individual youth, The Individual Treatment Delivery Guide.

Publication when family reconnection and reunification

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has recently published a book for when family reconnection and reunification after child sexual abuse is being considered. You can find this free resource here.

“Together we can create change…” Nice Customer Feedback

We recently received this lovely comment from a customer in Oklahoma:

I am the case manager for the children’s abuse and trauma department at Family & Children’s Services a nonprofit organization in Tulsa. When I got to the office today I had a request to order Taking Action for adolescents. I googled the book and when amazon came up , I thought great, we often use amazon for books and toys because the prices are often lower than the therapy sites. Not today, amazon was offering the book for $27.04 paperback. I immediately looked inside the book left with the request, went to your website and was dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe the difference in price, roughly $7,000.00 for the amount of books we wanted to order. The efforts of your organization to help the families and children in need of support is phenomenal, because of what you do, the therapists working at FCS can now offer the book to the families coming to us for help for free. Together we can create change and a brighter future for these families, thank you.

You can now stream Conference Workshop Videos

Making A Better Life HappenYou can stream our conference workshop video series. Watch instantly, or at your leisure. These videos were recorded at major conferences over the past three years. They feature leading experts in the field. You can also get CE credits through ATSA for viewing the videos. Learn more and watch trailers for each video here.


Blasingame’s Developmentally Disabled Persons out of print — 3rd edition in the works

The second edition of Developmentally Disabled Persons with Sexual Behavior Problems, by Gerry D. Blasingame, is now out of print, but Gerry is working on a revised third edition, which will be available as a downloadable PDF. Look for it later in the fall.

New webstore, new start

If you’ve visited our website in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that things didn’t work quite right. That’s especially true if you tried to place an order. This was due to a number of escalating factors that ended up motivating us to move the entire website to a new host and to install a new e-commerce solution.

It was a long and frustrating road, but we are glad to announce that our new webstore is finally operational.

And we think you will find it a whole lot more customer friendly. But please let us know how it works. Write to Steve Zeoli with any comments — what do you like about it and what can be improved?

As we moved the entire website, there will also be some broken links scattered throughout. We’re working to fix those, but don’t hesitate to let us know if you find one.

Thank you very much for your patience as we worked through this issue.

Kind note from a customer

We received this nice e-mail from one of our customers, who told us we could share it:

Last spring we ordered the Adolescent edition of ‘Taking Action’. You enclosed a note with your regret that the postage cost exceeded the purchase price of the book — and so included a complimentary copy of the Child edition. This thoughtfulness was a much-needed act of kindness during our family crisis. Please know that your gesture meant a lot to us and did not go un-noticed. Just as importantly, after dozens of hours of fruitless internet searching, your site was the only one we found with resources for parents of adolescent offenders. Thank you so much for providing help for lost and frightened parents like us.

Amy and Jim in PA

It makes us very pleased to receive feedback like this. Thank you, Amy and Jim. We hope we’ve helped you, at least a little, through this difficult period.