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!


Snowstorm aftermath — yes, we’re open

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Central Vermont, along with much of the east coast, got a doozy of a snowstorm yesterday (and into the early hours of today). Safer Society did not open yesterday, but our intrepid Sarah worked from home to process orders. We’re open today, so give us a call if you need anything, and don’t forget about our online bookstore, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Here’s what our offices looked like this morning:

The March 14-15, 2017, snowstorm left some digging out to be done.

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

Be sure to leave us your comments on this episode, and suggest questions that Mary might ask Steven in a future episode!

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SSP03: A Conversation with Bob McGrath about the ROSAC Risk Assessment Instrument

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Bob McGrath, President of McGrath Psychological Services and recipient of the 2015 ATSA Lifetime Significant Achievement Award is co-developer of the SOTIPS, VASOR-2, and ROSAC risk assessment instruments.

In this episode, Mary asks Bob to talk about the purpose of the ROSAC (Risk of Sexual Abuse of Children) instrument and how it works, then provide some examples of how it might commonly be implemented.

Be sure to leave us your comments on this episode, and suggest questions that Mary might ask Bob in a future episode!

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SSP02: A Conversation with Dr. Jill Levenson about Trauma-Informed Care

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Dr. Jill Levenson, Associate Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, Florida, is a widely known expert on the subject of adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed care.

In this episode, Jill explains how trauma-informed care should be viewed not as a treatment approach but rather as a framework for the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders; a way of framing client problems through the lens of trauma, and how that framing can help improve responsivity in treatment.

Be sure to leave us your comments on this episode, and suggest questions that Mary might ask Jill in a future episode!

Related SSP Material: Book on TIC by Jill Levenson, Gwenda Willis, and David Prescott available as of May 2017

SSP01: Introducing the Safer Society Press Podcast

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Welcome to the Safer Society Press Podcast channel!

In this particular episode, Executive Director Mary Falcon explains why Safer Society Press is availing itself of the newly popular podcasting medium to help clinicians and other professionals stay up to date on developments in the field of sexual abuse prevention and treatment.

In each podcast episode, Mary has an informal, 10- to 15-minute conversation with a top theoretician, researcher, or book author. After listening to an episode, our audience is invited to go back to our blog, comment on the episode, and suggest questions that Mary might ask in a future episode.

Look for Episode Two on the Safer Society Press Blog: 
A Conversation with Dr. Jill Levenson about Trauma-Informed Care



New Feature: Safer Society Podcasts coming soon!

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Stayed tuned to this site for a new feature. Safer Society Executive Director Mary Falcon is recording conversations with the “movers and shapers” in the field of sexual abuse treatment. Among the experts Mary is engaging are:

And many more are in the works.

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.