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Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity in Sexual Abuser Evaluation and Treatment

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CE Credits: 4.5 Credits
Length: 4.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
CE Eligibility: APA, ASWB, ANCC, NBCC, NAADAC, CPA
Training Style: Video
Track: Adult
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description

The development of a good therapeutic relationship and/or group cohesion are integral to the success of treatment. Establishing and maintaining those connections depend on therapists’ skill in creating an environment that nurtures all members and takes into consideration all their cultural identities and memberships, including ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, socioeconomic status, etc. With increased diversity among clients comes the need for therapists to conduct culturally informed and sensitive assessment and treatment in order not only to address clients’ needs, but also to consider all the forces that led to their offending, could increase their risk post-treatment, and those that could help maximize healthy/adaptive functioning in the community. This course will focus on the practical application of multicultural competence concepts. Participants will be provided with information as to how to apply Bonfrenbrenner’s (1977) Ecological Model within the context Sue and Sue’s (2015) Multicultural Competencies. The course will be divided into factors that influence therapists’ awareness of their own cultural identities, their origins, and how the influence the way in which they view themselves and others. This process helps therapists to develop increased cultural sensitivity towards individuals seemingly different from them. Moreover, participants will become familiar with methods to increase their knowledge of other cultures and how certain cultural/historical events influence clients’ current situation and functioning. We will also will discuss culturally sensitive assessment and therapeutic methods. Finally, participants will use the above models to conceptualize a sample case from a multicultural perspective. We will cover the clients’ psychosocial history, delinquent history and offense characteristics, functioning while in detention, and will identify clinical issues to address in treatment, treatment course, and examples of how to different clinical versus cultural, versus systemic issues during treatment.

Trainer Biography

Alejandro Leguizamo earned an undergraduate degree at Boston University and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He previously worked in a variety of forensic settings, including Bridgewater State Hospital and in Court Clinics in Southeastern Massachusetts. He is a former Clinical Director of the Sex Offender Treatment Program at the Massachusetts Treatment Center, where he also provided treatment to Spanish-speaking inmates and civilly committed men. He currently a member of the Psychology faculty at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. In addition to his academic work, he conducts evaluations and specialized treatment for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. His current research focuses on multicultural factors in sex offending, predictors of psychological well-being in diverse community samples, and factors associated with the reporting of campus sexual assaults by survivors. Dr. Leguizamo regularly presents at regional and national conferences.

Learning Objectives

This training is designed to help you:

  1. Identify the elements of the Ecological Model and Multicultural Competencies
  2. Identify how these frameworks can be used to gain a greater awareness of your own cultural identities and how they influence your interactions with, and perspectives about, people who are different from you
  3. Identify how historical and contextual variables impact the functioning of people from marginalized/oppressed groups
  4. Describe research findings to date related to ethnic differences among men convicted of sexual offenses
  5. Apply concepts learned in the course to an actual case

1 Sponsorship: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education trainings. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. Th­e Global Institute of Forensic Research, LLC (provider #1371) is also approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Board(ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: June 8, 2016 - June 8, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. ­The Global Institute of Forensic Research, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
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3 Commercial Supports: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, LLC reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, LLC receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.