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The Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended

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CE Credits: 24 Credits
Length: 544 Pages
Level: Intermediate
CE Eligibility: APA, ASWB, ANCC, NBCC, CPA
Training Style: Book
Category: Book-Based Trainings
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
The Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment with Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended was designed to not only assist current practitioners (e.g., clinicians, attorneys, juvenile justice personnel and so forth) and policy makers, but also to prepare the next generation (advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of psychology, social work, criminal justice, public policy and so forth) in facilitating developmentally appropriate, safe, and cost-effective interventions when sexual offending by adolescents occurs. The book integrates relevant research that will enable readers to understand the dynamic nature of adolescent development and appreciate that healthy sexual behavior is a natural and normal part of growing up. The book has been widely acclaimed to be scientifically comprehensive, legally relevant, developmentally sensitive, and clinically sophisticated. To write this book, the editors brought together an international team of leading experts on youths who have exhibited sexually harmful behavior to write this single-volume reference on the characteristics of those who offend, best practice in assessment and intervention, community reentry and family reunification, and special issues for professionals working with this population, such as pornography use and public policies.
Please note: GIFR does not sell books. The book must be purchased directly from the publisher. For more information or to purchase this book, visit: https://safersocietypress.org/store/safer-society-handbook-adolescents/
Trainer Biographies
Sue Righthand, PhD, is an associate research professor in psychology at the University of Maine. She is a consultant for the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services, the National Center for Sexual Behavior in Youth, and was a member of the recently concluded Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Adolescent Guidelines Committee. She is the co-author of the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol II and related research publications, as well as Effective Intervention with Adolescents Who Have Offended Sexually: Translating Research into Practice.
William D. Murphy, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center where he was the past director of the APA accredited professional psychology internship program. Dr. Murphy has provided evaluation and treatment for adolescent and adult sex offenders, has served on international accreditation panels for the United Kingdom and Canada and on treatment advisory boards for a number of program in the United States, and is past president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).
Learning Objectives
This training is designed to help you:
  • Describe an overview of adolescent development which can help us appreciate the differences between youths and adults who sexually offend and the importance of a developmental approach to this problem.
  • Discuss what is known about these adolescents, for example, unique, yet diverse characteristics, patterns of offending, and future pathways, which most often is desistence.
  • Discuss normative sexual behavior in youths which provides a developmental context for understanding adolescent sexual offending.
  • Identify the differences between general and forensic assessment of youths who have offended sexually and important practice guidelines.
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of sex offense-specific risk and needs assessments and the importance of research-informed practices to facilitate high quality assessments.
  • Identify that effective interventions with youths who have offended sexually have diverse characteristics (e.g., gender, cognitive functioning, mental health challenges, nonsexual delinquency) that require individualized, developmentally appropriate, socio-ecological interventions which can facilitate risk reduction and promote healthy, prosocial development.

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