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Assessing and Treating Sexual Offenders

This workshop will focus on current research and issues related to sex offender assessment and treatment. Risk assessment, in particular, has changed in the last two years. Revisions to Static99 introduced in the fall of 2009 have highlighted the issue of risk in older offenders. This workshop will discuss these changes along with a discussion of the exceptions to the general trend of reduced offending in older offenders, i.e., cases in which older offenders have reoffended recently. The role of pornography will be described along with a discussion of child pornography and its relationship to sexual offending. Of particular concern is whether those who use child pornography typically have hands-on victims or not. The content on treatment will begin with discussion of the new Good Lives Model, its strengths and weaknesses and its status in relapse prevention as the treatment of choice for sexual offenders. The literature on treatment components will be addressed including which treatments appear to reduce offending and which do not. This program is designed for any individual doing assessment and treatment with sexual offenders or wanting a better understanding of the state of the science.
Workshop Content:
What’s new in the area of Assessment of Sexual Offenders’
Adult and Child Pornography and its Influence on Sexual Offending
Treatment Controversies: Relapse Prevention vs. the Good Lives Model
Treatment Components: Which Work to Reduce Offending?

Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
Identify the instrument most commonly used in sex offender risk assessments
Describe the difference and importantance of dynamic vs. static assessment factors
Explain the importance of pornography to sex offenders and how that material has changed over the last 20 years
Describe the optimal process of treatment in non-psychopathic sex offenders
Identify which treatment components are most effective in reducing recidivism
Compare relapse prevention with the Good Lives model of treatment
Discuss the role of psychopathy among sexual offenders and what this may mean relative to treatment

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.