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NJATSA Tentative 2020 Meeting Schedule -

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January 10, 2020 -- Group Therapy with Individuals with Sexually Problematic Behavior: Dr. Bosley will present the history of treatment for this specialized population from the earliest psychoanalytic attempts at treatment, through early research emphasizing a strictly behavioral approach into the largely atheoretical syncretistic interventions that are currently supported by research.  He will describe vignettes of what these treatments looked like in a group setting, and how the prototypical modern therapy group is largely based on cognitive behavioral theory mixed in with liberal doses of grounded reality therapy. The audience will learn what we used to think, how research debunked many of our presuppositions (while supporting others), and how we have arrived at a more practical, humane treatment that is, unfortunately, more complicated to administer. Included in the presentation will be possible treatment targets, recommended treatment techniques and an appreciation of the uniqueness of human beings. After Dr. Bosley’s history lesson, Dr. Jeff Allen and a group of experienced therapists from the STU will demonstrate what a modern sex offender-specific treatment group looks like. The demonstration will also show how research-supported interventions may be modified to take into account the unique characteristics of intellectually impaired men. Location: Labor Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ.

February 21, 2020 -- Human Trafficking. Issues Related to Human Trafficking, Human Traffickers and Victims, including an Overview of the Definition of Human Trafficking and Relevant Laws.  The speaker is: Kate Lee, Executive Director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking who will be accompanied by a member of the Coalition's health care committee. Location: Middlesex Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Dr, Sayreville, NJ 08872.

April 3, 2020 -- WE APOLOGIZE - THIS TRAINING IS CANCELED. The Use of Social Media and Online Gaming to Target and Victimize Children -- Despite years of news coverage, Internet safety lectures and school assemblies warning about the dangers of  Internet predators, the computer facilitated sexual exploitation of children continues – and at an ever increasing pace. The media has changed, but the methods remain the same. This presentation will focus on the modus operandi used by adults to victimize children online, popular platforms of online communication, anecdotal case studies, law enforcement efforts to combat the growing trend of online child exploitation and the legal issues involved.

June 5, 2020 -- Healthy Sexuality. WE APOLOGIZE - THIS TRAINING IS CANCELED. Healthy sexuality is a key component to a healthy life and an area of struggle for many clients.  Supportive education and therapy in this area can help individuals maintain rich offense free lives.   Panel members with a variety of expertise in this topic with different populations will address current issues in the field of sex education.  In addition, panel members will discuss healthy sexuality for juveniles and adults in various settings as well as individuals diagnosed with Autism/Aspergers.  Presenters will share their experiences and recommendations as well as engage in an open dialogue with panel and audience members.  Issues addressed include the importance of working with clients on healthy sexuality as well as important areas of focus as well as responsivity factors.  Presenters include Alena Kearney, Ph.D., Janet DiGiorgio-Miller, Ph.D., Stuart M. Leeds, Psy.D. and Bobbie Gallagher, Ph.D., BCBA -D.  Location: Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center, 53 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ..

September 11, 2020 - All-day Domestic Violence Training.  Domestic Violence is an issue with a far reaching negative impact for individuals, families, and society.  This presentation will address the definitions and dynamics of domestic violence, its’ history, incidence rates, who commits abuses, and general characteristics of victims and perpetrators.  The impact of domestic violence on mental illness, addiction, and stress will be discussed as well as its’ relationship to sexual offending behavior.  The power and control wheel, myths, and the cycle of violence will be explained.  Legal issues, domestic violence in the LGBTQ+ community, and community resources will be addressed. Lisa Smith, M.S., D.V.S.  Implications for the treatment, supervision and assessment of sex offenders will also be explored throughout the day.  4 Psychology CE’s, Social Worker CEU’s and LPC CE’s will be made available, details to follow.  Location:To Be Determined.

October 16, 2020 -- Sexual Abuse on College Campuses.

December 4, 2020 -- A Day on the Beat: Parole.


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