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Sex Offenders: New Methods of Evaluation and Treatment

The 1990's have seen the steady development of new methods of assessing and treating sex offenders. A series of new static actuarial instruments have been created for assessing risk as well as dynamic instruments for measuring progress in sex offenders in treatment. Most recently, instruments applicable to offenders on probation have been added to the steadily increasing number of actuarial instruments for incarcerated offenders. On the treatment side, changes in the concept of relapse prevention have broadened our understanding of offenders who are positively attracted to reoffending in addition to those who are trying to avoid it. Efforts have been underway to develop new treatment programs for psychopaths, as previous efforts have shown little positive impact from treatment, and in fact, have sometimes increased recidivism rates after treatment for psychopathic offenders. This workshop will focus on the most recent advances in the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders, including child molesters, rapists, psychopaths and sadists. It will address, in addition, the question of staff predators: offenders who seduce and manipulate staff in treatment programs and describe techniques used for manipulating staff.

Workshop Content - Day 1

Staff Predators: Techniques Offenders Use to Seduce and Manipulate Staff
Risk Assessment of Incarcerated Offenders: Latest Actuarial Instruments
Risk Assessment of Probationers: The Glass Half Full
Dynamic Risk Assessment: Measuring Change
New Methods of Detecting Deception

Workshop Content - Day 2

Treatment of Sex Offenders: How Effective is it?
Relapse Prevention: Recent Developments
Treating Psychopaths: Can It Be Done?
Identifying and Diagnosing Sadists
Standardizing Treatment: How and Why

Workshop Objectives

Compare the latest static actuarial instruments for assessing risk in incarcerated offenders
Compare the new instruments for assessing risk in probationers 
Descibe a system for measuring treatment progress
Critique how effective current treatment methods are in reducing recidivism
Identify recent developments in research on psychopaths and treatment 
List ways to identify and diagnose sadists 
Describe current efforts to standardize treatment
Recognize techniques offenders use to seduce and manipulate staff

Presented by

Anna Salter, Ph.D.
Anna  Salter, Ph.D.Anna Salter, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University. During the past twenty years, she has held a variety of clinical, research and teaching positions at Dartmouth Medical School and Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. She is currently a consultant with the Department of Corrections and in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Salter has written scores of journal articles, produced two videos on sex offenders and written four books including, Treating Child Sex Offenders and Victims and Transforming Trauma: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. She has addressed major conference groups throughout the world and has been the recipient of numerous grants for research on sexual offenders. In 1997, Dr. Salter was honored by (ATSA) The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers with their Significant Lifetime Achievement Award.