Evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of adolescents who sexually abuse are reviewed in-depth in this illuminating ATSA Master Class. The training provides an overview of the field including typologies of young people commonly seen in practice, how to identify strengths and individual goals, and what we do and do not know about the effectiveness of different forms of intervention. In addition, key qualities of successful treatment providers are summarized, the role of trauma-informed care is described, and predictors of desistance are examined. Seminal research in this rapidly evolving field is cited throughout the course.
David Prescott, LICSW serves as Director of Professional Development and as a Clinical Director for the Becket Family of Services. Devoted to building healthy lives and safe communities, he has produced 14 books and numerous articles and chapters in the areas of assessing and treating sexual violence and trauma. Mr. Prescott is a current Fellow and Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), which awarded him the 2014 Distinguished Contribution Award. He also received the 2007 Bright Lights Award from the National Adolescent Perpetration Network. He is a Certified Trainer for the International Center for Clinical Excellence and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He has lectured around the world, including most recently in Australia, Japan, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Romania, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He also serves on the editorial boards of three scholarly journals: Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation, and Practice, the Journal of Sexual Aggression, and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.