Defining “Progress in Treatment”: A Developmental Perspective

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Date(s) - 04/19/2024
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Middlesex Fire Academy

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THIS WILL BE AN IN-PERSON TRAINING AT THE MIDDLESEX FIRE ACADEMY – LUNCH WILL BE SERVED,  PRIOR REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Registration deadline is Friday, 4/12 at 5pm.

 

Defining “Progress in Treatment”: A Developmental Perspective

Presented by Kevin Creeden, M.A., LMHC.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Breakfast and Networking starting @ 8:30am

Presentation @ 9am – 3:30pm

 

Middlesex Fire Academy

1001 Fire Academy Dr, Sayreville, NJ 08872

5.5 Psychology CEs Available

 

Recent research has sought to highlight those factors or issues that are indicative of treatment progress for youth who have engaged in harmful or problematic sexual behavior (Latrille, et al., 2023; Aebi, et al., 2022; Prentky, et al., 2020). Typically, when we are discussing effective treatment or treatment progress, the perspective we use is that of a particular treatment model or interventions efficacy in lowering recidivism rates.  This has remained true despite findings that overall recidivism rates for adolescents engaged in harmful sexual behavior appear to already be quite low (Lussier, et al., 2023; Caldwell, 2016).

This training offers a shift in our focus for treatment that highlights resilience and the enhancement of positive developmental experiences and skills over pathology and the “absence of bad” behavior (Creeden, 2018).  This perspective not only leads us to attend more actively to client strengths, but it also encourages us to recognize how our clients’ problematic behaviors have often emerged as adaptive responses to persistent experiences of adversity, maltreatment, and trauma (Teicher & Samson, 2016).  The training will define the central components of a developmental treatment approach and will discuss how to operationalize this approach in creating treatment goals, measuring progress, and engaging youth and their families.

 

Learning Goals

Workshop participants will

  • Consider how a trauma-focused/developmental approach can identify a client’s capacity for resiliency in the dynamics of their problematic behaviors.
  • Learn how a focus on enhancing developmental skills promotes an increase in protective factors.
  • Discuss how a developmental focus can serve to facilitate greater engagement from the client’s caregivers and social supports.
  • Learn how to create a treatment plan from a developmental perspective.
  • Learn how to integrate current measures of treatment progress into a developmental framework.
  • Discuss how a developmental framework can incorporate neurodevelopmental research and trauma-informed treatment into interventions that promote resiliency and healthy development for the “whole child” rather than solely diminishing problematic behavior.

 

Presenter Bio

Kevin Creeden, M.A., LMHC is the Director of Assessment and Research at the Whitney Academy in East Freetown, MA. He has over 40 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, and their families working extensively with sexually and physically aggressive youth. Over the past 30 years, his primary focus has been on issues of trauma and attachment difficulties, especially regarding the neurological impact of trauma on behavior.  He has authored several articles and book chapters on the neuro-developmental impact of trauma on sexual behavior problems and harmful sexual behavior and was one of a team of clinicians and researchers tasked with developing the ATSA Adolescent Treatment Guidelines. Kevin is a board member of MASOC and an ATSA Fellow.  He has served as a Teaching Fellow at Boston College, an Instructor in Psychology at the Harvard Medical School, a guest faculty at the Boston University School of Social Work and the Simmons School of Social Work. Mr. Creeden trains and consults nationally and internationally to youth service, community, mental health, and forensic service programs.

 

THIS WILL BE AN IN-PERSON TRAINING AT THE MIDDLESEX FIRE ACADEMY. 

LUNCH WILL BE SERVED.

 

Registration Fees:

NJATSA Individual Member Rate:  $50

NJATSA Agency Member (no voucher):  $50

NJATSA Individual/Agency Member (paying with voucher):  $75

Non-Member:  $75

NJATSA Student Member:  $40

Student Non-member:  $45

5.5 Psychology CEs, NJATSA member: $15

5.5 Psychology CEs, Non-member: $25

***  If paying by voucher or agency credit card, please choose “pay by check” and then email NJATSA@gmail.com to complete your registration.   ***

 

Bookings

Tickets

Ticket Type Price Spaces
NJATSA Individual Member $50.00
NJATSA Agency Member
Agency Members include: NJ Probation, NJ Parole, Monmouth Co. Pros. Office, Ranch Hope, Capitol County Children’s Collaborative, CJAP/Arc
$50.00
NJATSA Agency Member Paying with a Voucher
Agency Members include: NJ Probation, NJ Parole, Monmouth Co. Pros. Office, Ranch Hope, Capitol County Children’s Collaborative, CJAP/Arc
$75.00
NJATSA Student Member $40.00
Non-Member $75.00
Non-Member Student with ID $45.00
5.5 Psychology CEs - NJATSA Member $15.00
5.5 Psychology CEs - Non-Member $25.00

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