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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

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NYSATSA Conference is open for registrations

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Register for the 2017 NYSATSA-The Alliance Joint Conference today. Follow this link below for conference and registration information:

NYSATSA-The Alliance Joint Conference

 

 

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.)

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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.)

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

 

ATSA Forum features an article by Norbert Ralph

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Dr. Norbert Ralph, the author of the Being a Pro teen workbook, recently published an article titled “Moral Reasoning in Juveniles Who Sexually Offend” in the ATSA Forum.* From the article:

This article will review relevant assessment tools for moral and prosocial reasoning, their utility with justice involved youth in general, and their application to juveniles who sexually offend (JwSO) specifically. Many issues are important to address with JwSO, such as the multiple consequences at home, school, family, and their life in general regarding their being on probation, and the stigma of their offense. Important areas may also include any prior victimization, school achievement problems, delinquent peer group issues, neighborhood and environmental factors, family dysfunction, substance abuse, and comorbid psychiatric issues. Prosocial or moral reasoning is proposed here as an additional factor to be considered as a focus of assessment and treatment with JwSO.

Being a Pro was developed as a response to these prosocial and moral reasoning factors in adolescents. Dr. Ralph will also be presenting on this topic at the upcoming California Coalition On Sexual Offending conference.

Go directly to the CCOSO conference website

 
*You need to be a member of ATSA to get the Forum, so we are not linking directly to the article.

 

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.)

 

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! (Click the title of this episode to find the comment section.)

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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.


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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! (Click the title of this episode to find the comment section.)

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.