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Risk Assessment With Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended

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CE Credits: 6.5 Credits
Length: 6.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Track: Child/Adolescent
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description

Assessing sexual recidivism risk in adolescents provides important direction for intervention and supervision efforts. However, there are a number of significant challenges and potential dangers involved. This ATSA Master Class will provide an overview of the most critical issues impacting sexual recidivism risk assessments for adolescents. First, common erroneous assumptions that have historically directed assessment and treatment will be examined, and those risk and protective factors for sexual recidivism with an empirical basis will be identified. This will be followed by a detailed introduction to three commonly-used risk assessment tools for adolescent sexual recidivism (J-SOAP-II, J-SORRAT-II, ERASOR), with a focus on current empirical support and limitations regarding their use. Finally, given the importance of the quality of information used when formulating risk estimates, psychological and physiological testing approaches will be discussed (polygraph, viewing time, penile plethysmograph) and a number of concrete tips and strategies for interviewing youth about sensitive issues will be described.

Trainer Biography

James Worling, PhD is a clinical and forensic psychologist with over 25 years experience working extensively with adolescents who have sexually offended and their families. During this time, he has presented many workshops internationally, and he has written numerous of professional articles and book chapters regarding the etiology, assessment, and treatment of adolescent sexual offending behaviors. Most recently, he served as a clinician, researcher, and trainer at the Sexual Abuse: Family Education and Treatment (SAFE–T) Program, a specialized, community-based program that provides sexual abuse–specific assessment, treatment, consultation, and long-term support to child victims of incest and their families, children with sexual behavior problems and their families, and adolescent sexual offenders and their families. Developer of the ERASOR, Dr. Worling is currently in full-time private practice, and he serves as an Associate Editor for Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment.

Learning Objectives

This training is designed to help you:

  1. To address the considerable diversity among adolescents who sexually offend, and to underscore the importance of a comprehensive assessment
  2. To learn about the common myths that have impacted assessment and treatment approaches for adolescents who have sexually offended
  3. To become familiar with three of the commonly-used sexual recidivism risk assessment tools (J-SOAP-II, J-SORRAT-II, ERASOR)
  4. To discuss the research support and limitations of current risk assessment tools and approaches
  5. To learn practical techniques for use when interviewing youth regarding potentially sensitive topics
  6. To review the current research literature regarding various physiological assessment methods (polygraph, viewing time, penile plethysmograph)

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.