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Risk Assessment for Adult Sexual Offender Recidivism

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CE Credits: 8.5 Credits
Length: 8.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Track: Adult
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description

Sexual recidivism risk assessments are increasingly required in all aspects of behavioral health and correctional decision-making. This ATSA Master Class will provide an introduction to the assessment and communication of sexual recidivism risk with a strong emphasis on the evidence-based underpinnings of current practice recommendations. The first section of this training will cover the basic foundations of risk assessment including the underlying nature of risk, the history of risk assessment, types of risk factors for sexual recidivism, the development of risk assessment tools, and research on the most commonly used tools in contemporary practice. The second section will review current controversies in the field, such as the existence of protective risk factors and adversarial allegiance. This section will also include discuss how best to select a risk assessment tool, how to maximize the quality of risk assessments, how best to communicate the findings of risk assessments, and how to evaluate changes in risk over time. Finally, the third section of this training will discuss clinical issues in conducting sexual recidivism risk assessments, including how to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment, how to match risk assessment findings with risk management interventions, and how to write a risk assessment report.

Trainer Biographies

L. Maaike Helmus, PhD is the Director of Research for the Global Institute of Forensic Research. Winner of the prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal for her work in sexual offender risk assessment, Dr. Helmus has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from organizations including the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has also served on the Executive Boards of both the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Psychological Association and ATSA. She is part of the development team for Static-99R, Static-2002R, BARR-2002R, STABLE-2007, ACUTE-2007, and the Risk of Administrative Segregation Tool (RAST), as well as being a certified trainer for Static-99R, Static-2002R, and the BARR-2002R.

Franca Cortoni, PhD is Professor of Criminology at Université de Montréal and a Research Fellow with the International Centre for Comparative Criminology. Since 1989, she has worked with and conducted research on male and female offenders in a variety of Canadian and Australian penitentiaries and community settings. Her research interests include factors associated with the development of sexual offending behavior, risk assessment and treatment of both male and female sexual offenders. She has published and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences on these topics. Dr. Cortoni is also an Associate Editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sexual Aggression.

Learning Objectives

This training is designed to help you:

  1. Define different types of risk factors for sexual recidivism
  2. Explore strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to risk assessment
  3. Examine the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of risk communication
  4. Outline key considerations in deciding which risk assessment tool to use
  5. Discuss best practices in risk assessment report writing
  6. Review how to link risk assessment reports to risk management strategies

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.
2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].
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.