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NJATSA 2019 Meeting Schedule - Please check back for updates

June 7, 2019: Beyond Rainbows and Unicorns; sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression for Providers of Sex Offender Treatment.  Philip T. McCabe,CSW,CAS,CDVC,DRCC.  Providers need to understand the complexity of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in working with LGBTQI individuals. Social and cultural variables, mental health, trauma and substance abuse, in addition to specific risk behaviors will be discussed. Participants will learn to distinguish the differences between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, define the developmental stages of sexual orientation identity formation, including the coming out process, and recognize the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, age, class and other subcultures within the LGBT Communities. Location: Burlington County Emergency Services Building, Westampton from 9 am to 12 noon. Continental Breakfast from 8:30 am. 

September 20, 2019: Megan's Law Review Day. This full day training for clinicians, attorneys and other NJATSA members will focus on aspects of the Registration and Community Notification Laws.  In the morning, DPD Fletcher Duddy from the Special Hearings Unit will provide an overview of some new and pending caselaw.  In the afternoon, retired Assistant Prosecutors Laurie Gerhardt, Esq. and Barry Serebnick, Esq., now Counsel with the HelmerConley Law firm, will conduct a mock hearing practicum, with the assistance of Dr. Philip Witt as the witness, so that these three experienced practitioners can share their expertise about drafting the evaluation, preparing to testify as to its contents and then testifying in a release from the registry hearing. Registration required. 9 am to 4 pm. Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick NJ 08901

October 18, 2019: Research Update on Pedophilia. Location to be decided from 9 am to 12 noon. Location: Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick NJ 08901

December 6, 2019: The Contemporary Model of Treatment For Sexually Abusive Youth: An Overview of a Best Practices Model. Phil Rich, Ed.D. Dr. Rich will provide an overview of contemporary assessment and treatment for children with sexual behavior problems and adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior. This model is substantially different in many respects than the assessment and treatment models that first guided treatment, and is most recently reflected in ATSA’s 2017 adolescent practice guidelines. Treatment has become far more nuanced than was formerly the case, recognizing the complexity and wholeness of our clients and their behavior, and the factors, many of which lie in the social environment rather than “within” the child or adolescent, that contribute to, trigger, and maintain or reinforce behavioral problems, including sexually abusive behavior. Treatment is far more attuned to the relational and collaborative aspects of the treatment process, and as a whole treatment focuses as much, or more, on factors related to social competence and social connection and broad behavioral characteristics than on the sexually abusive behavior alone, through a is trauma- and attachment-informed lens. With respect to assessment, we see similar change over time, toward a holistic assessment in which the young person’s behavior, including sexually abusive behavior, is recognized existing within a large socio-ecological environment and cannot be fully understand without this larger focus. An estimated level of risk for future sexually abusive behavior is less meaningful and useful than an understanding of why the young person may be at continued risk, under what circumstances, and driven by what factors, as well as recognizing strengths and protective factors in each case. The key role of social competence, including self-regulation and healthy sexuality and behavior, will be discussed, as well as elements of treatment that aim at the development of social competence. The presentation will address and seek participant input, and specific opportunities will be provided for participant questions and comments. CE’s and CEU’s will be made available.  9:00 am – 4:00 pm   Location: Burlington County Human Services, 795 Woodlane Rd, Westampton, NJ 08060.

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