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Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando North

225 Shorecrest Drive

Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

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Pre-Conference Treatment

The Art and Science of Group Therapy: Transforming the Group Experience

Friday March 31, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Elizabeth Griffin, MA, LMFT
Internet Behavioral Counseling, LLC

Jannine Hébert, MA, LP

Executive Clinical Director

Minnesota Sex Offender Program

Description: Group therapy has been shown to be an effective modality with adolescents and adults who commit sexual offenses yet it is easy to fall into a monotonous routine in our treatment groups. Staying informed of research and interventions that enhance the group experience for both the clinician and the client can take a great deal of effort and time. This workshop will present creative and practical group interventions that are grounded in research. Clinicians will learn interventions to more effectively engage both adolescent and adult clients in the group therapy process. Participants will leave this workshop excited and armed with creative ideas that can be used to transform the group experience.

9:00 to 4:30 AM The Art and Science of Group Therapy - 6 CEUs

  • Areas of psychological research relevant to developing effective group therapy
  • Group therapy techniques crucial to employ when treating adult and adolescent offenders
  • Identify and implement responsivity (RNR principle) elements
  • Learn five new and creative treatment strategies

QP areas addressed: a, b, f

12:00 to 1:00 PM Lunch

$100 (separate fee from Saturdays Conference/Meeting )
6 CEUs, box lunch and snacks during breaks are included

Pre-Conference Assessment

The Intersect Between Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Paraphilias:

Ramifications Within the Criminal Justice System

Friday March 31, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Eric Imhof, Psy.D. , Specialized Treatment & Assessment Resources, PA


Kim Spence, Ph.D. , Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida

Beginning with an overview of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), the presenters will elucidate clinical differences in clients with ASD who engage in inappropriate sexual behavior versus clients with ASD and a comorbid paraphilic disorder(s). A particular emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis of Pedophilic Disorder and targeted suggestions will be offered to best educate the court regarding this diagnosis and misperceptions related to risk and dangerousness. Recommendations for comprehensive forensic assessments of individuals with ASD, including differential diagnosis, risk assessment, and the identification of individual client needs will be discussed utilizing case examples. The importance of a forensic team approach to include psychiatry, neuropsychology, and polygraphy will also be addressed. This training is intended for forensic evaluators, treatment providers, probation and parole, and law enforcement personnel.

QP areas addressed: a, b, f

12:00 to 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 to 2:30 PM YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!... OR SHOULD YOU?: How shame and guilt inform the treatment of adolescents who sexually abuse. - Robert Parham, M.A. – 1.5 CEUs (a, b, e, f)

The purpose of this workshop is to present an approach to treatment of adolescent’s who sexually abuse that views shame as central to the therapeutic process - shame as a precursor to sexual abuse perpetration, as well as resulting from the stigma of being observed by the self and by others as a sex offender. This approach to treating adolescents who sexually abuse emphasizes the need to reduce shame-based avoidance strategies and to increase guilt-based approach strategies in order to foster healthy self-esteem, pro-social relationship dynamics, and reduced risk of recidivism.

3:00 to 4:30 PM Online Victimization Among Today’s Youth - Suzonne Kline, Psy.D. – 1.5 CEUs (a, b, e, f)

Recent research has shed light on the use, function and impact of Internet technology and/or digital media on psychological functioning among today’s youth. A growing body of evidence indicates long-term deleterious consequences as a result of online victimization, including sexual abuse and/or exploitation. The rise of social media affords easy and immediate access to a wealth of information, but can also serve as a gateway to online victimization of youth and by other youth (more so than by adults). The purpose of this training workshop is to provide an updated review of the empirical research examining online victimization and exploitation of minors by other youth as well as adults. Stereotypical notions of predatory online solicitors will be dispelled in favor of findings from the latest research in the United States as well as internationally. International research shows that the public notion of adults preying on naïve children is highly inaccurate (Staksrud, 2016). Internet related sex crimes involving adults and juveniles typically fit the standard model of statutory rape and not sexual assault or child molestation. The training will focus particularly on providing participants with an increased knowledge and understanding of both perpetrators and victims of Internet-related sexual abuse and victimization, including long-term psychological sequelae of sexual abuse, as well as discussion of identified factors associated with increased risk for online victimization.

$100 (separate fee from Saturdays Conference/Meeting )
6 CEUs, box lunch and snacks during breaks are included

Networking and Social Reception

Free to attendees

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Drinks and Light hors d'oeuvres will served

FATSA Special Viewing of the documentary “Untouchable” Untouchable Film website

Friday March 31, 2016 8:00 PM - 10 PM
Free to all members. The opportunity for discussion following the screening. Refreshments will be provided by the Florida Action Committee.

FATSA Conference and Membership Meeting Schedule
Saturday April 1, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
$75 for FATSA members (up to 7 CEUs), includes annual board lunch plus annual dues

$75 for Non-members (up to 6 CEUs)

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Conference Opening – George Deitchman Ph.D. and Eric Imhof, Psy.D.

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Treatment Planning and Outcomes: Innovations for a New Generation of SOTX

1.5 CEU (a, f)

Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW

SOTX treatment goals typically focus on relapse prevention and correcting distorted thinking about sexual abuse, often contextualized within an assumption of paraphilic interests. This workshop will focus on devising treatment goals and measuring outcomes that are more generalizable to a client’s overall life patterns and relationships.

This workshop will incorporate a strengths-based relational approach to SOTX, which is designed to reduce risk by building relevant skills across all aspects of a client’s life. The workshop will identify treatment targets related to dynamic risk factors, and discuss specific strategies for enabling accountability (not just offense culpability), correcting distorted cognitive schema about self and others (not just about sexual abuse), enhancing general, sexual, and emotional self-regulation capacities (which translates to relapse prevention), engaging in positive relationship-building and healthy communication skills (reducing intimacy deficits), and improving the ability to understanding the perspectives of others (AKA empathy).

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Break - snacks & beverages will be available

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Maxims for the Court:
The Art & Science of Effective Expert Testimony at Sentencing 1.5 CEU (a, b, d, e,f)

Suzonne M. Kline, Psy.D.

This training workshop will provide participants with the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to deliver effective expert witness testimony in court, particularly in cases involving special populations such as Internet sexual offenders and/or mentally disordered offenders. Participants will be guided through a sequential, multi-stage process, starting with initial receipt of a new referral through collection of essential data and information, and preparation for evidence-based psychosexual risk assessment. The presenter will review recommended practice standards for evidence-based evaluation procedures, case conceptualization, report writing skills, and techniques for effectively communicating examination findings in court. The importance of laying a solid foundation in the assessment phase will be discussed, as well as various approaches to the preparation of a written report and oral testimony will be reviewed. Q & A example templates for both voire dire and direct examination will be presented and discussed, as well as strategies for responding to common questions upon cross examination. Special attention will be given to explaining evaluation results for the trier of fact, working with attorneys, managing direct and cross examination, and the selection of appropriate empirical research literature to augment expert testimony. Strategies for how to best communicate diagnosis and risk information through effective report writing and testimony will be highlighted using actual case examples.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

FATSA Annual Board Meeting Luncheon 1 CEU

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Human Traffickers Convicted as Sex Offenders1.5 CEU (a, b, f)

Bethany Gilot (Human Trafficking Director, Dept. of Juvenile Justice) and Richard Brimer, LCSW

Human trafficking, in particular sex trafficking, response has been a key issue for the Florida Legislature for the past five years. New laws have been passed that impact everything from prevention and awareness to victim services and criminal penalties. Along with specific discussions around human trafficking victimization and perpetration, this presentation will cover the steps that Florida is taking to address this issue. Bethany will pull from her experience working with female sex trafficking survivors to discuss how trafficking victimization differs from other forms of sexual violence victimization. Using his expertise from years of working with sex offenders, Richard will discuss the unique characteristics of human trafficking perpetrators and the implications for treatment of this particular subset of perpetrators.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Break - snacks & beverages will be available.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Working with Non-Offending Minor-Attracted Persons

1.5 CEU (a, b, c, e f)

Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW

As interest has emerged in preventing sexual abuse BEFORE anyone is harmed (primary prevention), there has been a growing research literature about the characteristics and treatment needs of non-offending persons with pedophilia. This workshop will first clarify issues related to mandatory reporting. Then, a framework for providing ethical clinical services to non-offending minor-attracted persons (NOMAPs) will be described. We will discuss what NOMAPs tell researchers about the obstacles to help-seeking, and how their treatment needs differ from those of the typical SOTX client. The workshop will cover engagement techniques, addressing counter-transference, and affirmative cognitive behavioral interventions that are best suited to help NOMAPs with their unique treatment goals.

Note: The 2017 FATSA Pre-Conference and Conference trainings address post graduate degree continuing education in the following core areas as required by Florida Rule 64B4-7.0081 Requirements to be a Qualified Practitioner for Completing Risk Assessments and Treatment of Sexual Offenders.

Florida ATSA trainings attempt to address a wide range of Florida Qualified Practitioner continuing educational needs. Because there is significant overlap in some of the trainings, attendees must choose how each training session specifically meets their professional needs. The following list corresponds to Qualified Practitioner competency areas noted following the title of this years advertised trainings:

a) Evaluation/risk assessment and treatment of adult and adolescent sexual offenders that have established scientific bases

b) Evaluation/risk assessment and treatment of specialized populations of sexual offenders

c) Safety planning/Family Safety planning

d) Report writing

e) Legal and ethical issues in the evaluation and treatment of sexual offenders

f) Relapse prevention.

Nonnegotiable Refund Policy: No refunds after March 23rd. Thanks for your understanding!

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225 Shorecrest Drive

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