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Ethics in Child and Adolescent Sexual Offender Assessment, Management, and Monitoring

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CE Credits: 6 Credits
Length: 6 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Track: Child/Adolescent
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description

Recent years have seen significant advances in professional practices for assessment, management and monitoring of youth who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviors. The field has moved from relying on practices derived from research with incarcerated adult sexual offenders to more developmentally-informed approaches. This ATSA Master Class reviews these advances with a focus upon ethical issues and decision-making when working with sexually abusive youth. Given the contextual nature of ethical decision-making, normative sexual development during childhood and adolescence is reviewed, and research on the prevalence of coercive sexual acts among community youth samples is summarized. A practical model of ethical decision-making is described and distinguished from legal, clinical, and risk management decision-making. The training concludes with a discussion of informed consent/assent, and the identification of unique ethical and professional practice issues emerging in the electronic era. Case vignettes are used throughout the workshop to illustrate situations where ethical and legal issues commonly arise.

Trainer Biography

Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD is a clinical forensic psychologist and attorney who currently serves as a senior administrator and faculty member of the doctoral clinical psychology program at William James College in Massachusetts. He is also currently Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience for a joint fellowship of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior (Massachusetts General Hospital) and the Petrie-Flom Center (Harvard Law School) focused on juvenile justice. Dr. Kinscherff has overseen a statewide juvenile court clinic director, served as clinical director for residential and community programs for youth and young adults with high-risk sexual and aggressive behavior, and consulted nationally and internationally for state juvenile justice authorities. He has published widely on ethical, legal, and professional practice issues with sexually abusive juveniles and adults. For the American Psychological Association, he has served as a two-term Chair of the Ethics Committee, Chair of the Committee on Legal Issues, member of the Committee on Professional Practices and Standards, and current member of the Board of Professional Affairs.

Learning Objectives

This training is designed to help you:

  1. Identify the difference between youth with “problematic sexual behaviors” and youth referred to as “juvenile sexual offenders”
  2. Discuss an ethical decision-making process for youth with problematic sexual behaviors and/or youth who are adjudicated juvenile sexual offenders
  3. Describe why ethical decision-making applied to individual cases is highly contextual
  4. List three behavioral functions that the same sexually problematic behavior may serve for different youth engaging in that behavior
  5. Examine the ethical challenges and opportunities that arise when youth with high-risk sexual behaviors and complex clinical pictures fail to respond to standard approaches

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), 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.