NJATSA Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Meetings: Coffee and networking from 9:00, meetings start 9:30 with announcements then presentation and end at Noon. Meetings are free for members and agency members and $5 for non-members.



January 6 - Myths and Misperceptions:  Commonly accepted, though unfounded, or disproved, beliefs about sexual offenders.  Focus on offending, recidivism, risk, management, and treatment   Middlesex.  Paul Dudek, Ph.D. and Hemisha Urgola, Psy.D., psychologists with the DHS Special Treatment Unit, and will focus on some prevalent assumptions that evidence suggests are not to be so readily believed.  Middlesex County Training Center, 11 Patrol Road, Edison.. Directions.

April 21 –  Full Day.  Advance registration required. Treatment of Psychopathology.  Mark E. Olver, Ph.D., R.D. Psych. Dr. Mark Olver, Ph.D. is Associate Professor, Registered Doctoral Psychologist (Saskatchewan, Canada), and Director of Clinical Psychology Training at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, where he is involved in program administration, graduate and undergraduate teaching, research, and clinical training. He is the co-developer of the Violence Risk Scale-Sexual Offender version (VRS-SO) and he provides training and consultation services internationally in the assessment and treatment of sexual, violent, and psychopathic offenders. Psychopathic sexual offenders are a notoriously challenging and high risk population to treat that are often recalcitrant to change. Indeed, the meta-analytic literature has demonstrated psychopathy to be among the single strongest predictors of treatment noncompletion from correctional programs. Importantly, a growing body of research has provided increasing support that individuals with substantive psychopathic traits can make risk-relevant changes from evidence informed programs, and that such changes are linked to reductions in sexual and violent recidivism. This full day workshop provides a review and discussion of treatment issues with psychopathic sexual offenders in terms of interacting risk, need, and responsivity issues, with service delivery implications to promote client retention and minimize noncompletion. This workshop will be primarily practitioner oriented. Practical research findings to illustrate applications of clinical principles will be presented. Although psychopathic sexual offenders have many of the same treatment needs as other sexual offenders, they present with a constellation of interpersonal and emotional characteristics that make them very challenging to work with and to retain in treatment. As such, emphases will be placed on discussing substantive issues with psychopathic clientele and providing information and guidelines for working clinically with this challenging population. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their own clinical cases. REGISTRATION. NJ Law Center. Directions.

June 9 –Sexual and Gender Diverse Youth: a 21st Century UpdateRuss Healy, DSW., LCSW. Information technology has informed and shaped social life for youth in the early 21st century. At this moment in history, young people use the internet to connect with each other, and to learn about their identities. Proximal learning now extends outside of direct peer networks and geographic regions. In the recent past, awareness of sexual and gender identifications would slowly emerge for youth, for the most part keeping pace with their coping abilities, their levels of development, and exposure to pre-Internet media. Now, young persons can go online and become overwhelmed with depictions and narratives of a vast array of gender and sexual identities. Being gay has been replaced by being queer, and gender is no longer a male-female binary. Intersectionality and fluidity has become the model for identity formation for many sexual and gender diverse youth. In this presentation, Russ Healy, a licensed clinical social worker, will help participants understand and interpret the new "lived experience" of LGBT and queer youth today. Risks, such as premature eroticization, will be explored. Current data regarding suicide, preventive factors, and resilience will be addressed. Case examples and multi-media will be utilized, and discussion will be highly encouraged. Russ is in private practice in central Jersey. He received a doctorate in social work (DSW) in June 2016. His dissertation project explored the impact of medical paternalism and medical autonomy on transgender youth. Russ has been in practice for thirty years, and has a reputation as a very bright, caring clinician. His clinical work has focused on sexual and gender minorities, including sex offender-specific treatment. burlington Co. Human Services Building.  Directions.

September 15 – Burnout and Self Care.  Merrill Main, Ph.D.,  Tara Ehmann, MA., and Jackson Tay Bosley, Psy.D.  Working with sexual offenders is often found to be challenging in both positive and negative ways.  While often fascinating, the work can also be disturbing.  Beyond that, getting up every day, going to the same places, seeing the same faces, dealing with the never-ending struggles and, worse, the never-ending petty nonsense, can abrade one’s joyfulness.  “Burnout” has been noted to be a concern in many fields.  The identified systemic variables that precipitate burnout are, in many ways, endemic in the field of sexual offender treatment.  This workshop will review research and literature along with experiences of therapists, supervisors, and clinical program administrators related to burnout and other effects of working with sexual abusers. It will explore the interactions between alternative personality compositions, theoretical orientations, and the resulting impact on those working with various sub-populations of sexual abusers.  The workshop will then present factors that can protect against burnout and practices that can even reverse it.  Includes will be a brief, experiential, exercise in stress reduction and burnout relief. Middlesex County Training Center, 11 Patrol Road, Edison.. Directions.

October 13 – The Dark Web Returns: Focus on Social Media. Kevin Clark, Esq., CISSP - Of Counsel to Helmer, Conley and Kasselman, PA and former Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in charge of Computer Crimes and  Scott Johnson, CCFE, CHFI, ACE – Manager of CohnReznick's Computer Forensics and eDiscovery services, retired New Jersey State Police Lieutenant in charge of Cyber and Technology Crimes and former Deputy Director of the New Jersey Regional Forensics Computer Laboratory.  Full Day training at the NJ Law Center. Directions..  Advance registration required.

December 8 – Trauma Remediation.
Burlington Co. Human Services Building.  Directions.




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