Understanding and Working with Individuals that have Perpetrated Sexual Offenses 

When

Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Where

This is a LIVE ONLINE Webinar and will take place via Zoom. Instructions on how to access Zoom will be sent via email following event registration. 

Contact

Christina Steudte, LMHC
Association for Mental Health and Wellness
631-471-7242 ext 1330
csteudte@mhaw.org
This course will explore the wide range of sexual abusers that human service workers encounter in a variety of settings and correct some of the stereotypes about abusers. Participants will be introduced to the risk factors to look for and  factors that are not indicative of risk in the community. A model of abuser risk assessment will be introduced to support workers advocating for evidence based assessments and treatment from specialized providers. Emphasis will be on collaborative teamwork with others involved in these complex cases.

Workshop will include Question and Answer Panel with workshop facilitator Carl Christensen who will be joined by Elizabeth A. Justesen, Esq. (Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County) and Carly Sommers, Esq. (Re-Entry Project, Nassau/Suffolk Law Services). 

 

Who Should Attend: 

Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and any professional that is working in the mental health or criminal justice field.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will become familiar with sexual abuser dynamics.
  • Participants will develop awareness of evidence based assessment methods.
  • Participants will understand the principles of community management and treatment of abusers.
  • Participants will learn from treated abusers what has been helpful in rehabilitation.
  • Participants will learn how to advocate for evidence based management and treatment of abusers.

 

APPROVED FOR 4 CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

LIVE ONLINE WEBINAR

(LMSW/LCSW/LMHC/LCAT/LMFT)

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. (Provider #0156)

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. (Provider #MHC-0014)

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider #MFT-0010)

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. (Provider #CAT-0004)
 

Certificate of completion will be provided after the return of completed evaluation (via email).

Registration fee: $100.00

***No Refunds will be issued for cancellations ***

 

About the Presenter and Panelists

 Carl Christensen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and owner of North Coast Counseling. He is a Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, a past Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; and Fellow in the American Orthopsychiatric Association. Carl has worked with individuals and families for 30 years in public and private settings. He was previously on the faculty of the School of Social Work, Syracuse University, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Rochester Institute of Technology and adjunct Human Services Instructor for Southwestern Oregon Community College. Carl has developed evaluation and treatment programs for sexual abuse victims and perpetrators since 1983. He has been qualified as an expert witness in several jurisdictions in the Rochester, New York area. He has presented on sexual abuser services to Hillside Family of Agencies, Monroe County Probation Department and other social service agencies.


 Elizabeth A. Justesen, Esq.  is currently the Chief Community Outreach Officer of the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County and conducts numerous programs educating community members in the various issues they confront in the court system and knowing their rights.  Prior to that, Elizabeth was a practicing defense attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County for ten years.  She also holds a Master’s in Social Work, and for the last seven years has overseen and developed the Social Work Bureau within the organization.  Elizabeth is also the chair of the Resources sub-committee for the Suffolk County Re-Entry Task Force which works to improve the lives of parolees re-entering the community.   Elizabeth is also the supervising attorney for Breaking Barriers, a pro bono project at Touro Law School assisting persons with criminal convictions overcome barriers to employment and educational licenses through the application of certificates and sealing motions.  Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at SUNY Stony Brook where she teaches Forensic Social Work for the Master’s program and is an adjunct professor for the Defender Clinic at Touro Law School.


 Carly Sommers, Esq.  is a staff attorney at Re-entry Project with Nassau/Suffolk Law Services.  She works on post-conviction relief issues, and employment and housing discrimination