Resources

ATSA
www.atsa.com

Chief Probation Officers of California
www.cpoc.org

Justice Institute of British Columbia- STABLE-2007/ACUTE-2007 online course
http://www.jibc.ca/course/soap106

PsychAcademy
www.PsychAcademy.net

National Criminal Justice Association
Free sex offender management webinar series
http://www.ncja.org/webinars-events/sex-offender-mgt-webinars

Global Institute of Forensic Research
https://www.gifrinc.com/

Additional Trainings

Juveniles who Sexually Offend: Characteristics, Assessments, Management and Treatment  
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017  
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Location: Juvenile Justice Center
2500 Fairmont Drive, San Leandro, CA
Room: # C1002, located on the FIRST FLOOR (basement)
For directions or information about the location, contact Parker Chin at:  510-667-7717 or email:  pchin@acbhcs.org .  For directions the day of presentation call: 510-667-3000
 
Webinar Info:

Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/ccosobayarea
Dial-In Number: (712) 770-4700
Access Code: 607287

 
Cost: Free  
Description: The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the work of ATSA’s prevention committee, the growing body of research in prevention, and the programs exploring ATSA’s unique role in the growing prevention field.  We hope that this overview will offer insights into new ways to greatly expand sexual abuse prevention efforts. 

Over the last 40 years, society has begun to fully recognize the extent of sexual violence in America.  In these last few decades, research has documented the lifelong impact of sexual abuse, state and federal legislators have enacted policies and funded programs to both protect victims and hold offenders accountable for their crimes, and the media has begun to portray the trauma of sexual violence in the news, movies, and on television.  Yet as awareness of sexual abuse and those who abuse has grown, there has been little focus on - and even less funding for - how to prevent the first time perpetration of sexual violence.  The focus on preventing the perpetration of sexual violence and especially the first time perpetration is the unique domain of ATSA and many of ATSA’s members. 

In recent years, there has been a growing movement toward a more comprehensive understanding and systematic response to sexual violence, including the importance of prevention efforts.  Indeed, sex offender management professionals, victim advocates, researchers, and the public increasingly seek a deeper understanding of the factors that contribute to the initiation of sexually abusive behaviors, how to identify which individuals are at risk for first time sexual offense or sexual reoffending, and how to effectively intervene, especially before abuse and harm occur.  In a 2010 survey, the Center for Sex Offender Management found that “The vast majority of [the public] (83%) expressed a desire for more information than they currently have regarding how to prevent sex offending in their communities.” (Bumby, et.al., 2010, p. 5).

With the growing body of research in sexual violence and sex offending behavior, it is now possible to consider prevention programs from a public health point of view, seen through the lens of preventing the perpetration of sexual abuse.  According to the CDC, public health interventions are viewed through three prevention categories based on when the intervention occurs:  Primary Prevention, Secondary Prevention, and Tertiary Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004).  A second helpful public health approach, the social-ecological model (Krug, Dahlberg, Mercy, Zwi, & Lozano, 2002), describes programs and policies directed at four levels of intervention:  Individuals, Relationships, Communities, and Society.  Blending these two public health frameworks together – (a) prevention strategies that target behaviors at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, both before and after they are perpetrated with (b) an intervention approach that targets all four levels of the social ecological model –  results in the creation of a comprehensive effort to prevent the perpetration of sexual violence.  Although there are many different approaches at each level, the workshop will discuss the resulting prevention matrix and explore ATSA’s role within each aspect of this matrix.  Most of the perpetration prevention initiatives aimed at preventing further sexually abusive behavior, applied after the harm is done, will be more familiar to those working with sex offenders.  However, initiatives applied before sexual abuse is perpetrated are those now being considered because their goal is to address and build the skills, knowledge, and policies that will help ensure that adults, teens and children do not become sexually abusive.  Experiential activities will be used to introduce innovative prevention efforts and explore how participants may get more involved in the growing need for expertise around perpetration prevention.
 
CEUs: For CE Credit through live webinar, you must be present for the entire presentation, make sure the moderator knows you are attending, and complete an evaluation at the end of the presentation.  For evaluation, please email rdempsey@psychassessment.us. A certificate will be emailed to you within 48 hours of receipt of the completed evaluation.