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Thursday, March 18

Keynote Speakers

David S. Prescott, LICSW
David S. Prescott, LICSW, is a past president of ATSA and 2014 recipient of ATSA’s Distinguished Contribution award. In 2018, he also received the C. Henry Kempe Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Adolescent Perpetration Network He serves on the Editorial Board of Sexual Abuse and has produced 20 book projects. His work has been translated into five foreign languages.
Workshop Descriptions – Thurs. March 18, 2021

8:45-9:00am  Welcome –  ATSA President Shan Jumper, ILATSA President Michelle Evans

Watch this morning’s welcome from ATSA President and ILATSA Member Shan Jumper HERE

9:00-12:15pm Keynote – David Prescott, LICSW

Improving Responsivity: Trauma, Risk, Motivation and the Working Alliance

Access slides HERE

Access articles mentioned in David Prescott’s keynote HERE

CEU Session Survey (must be completed to receive CEUs) HERE

This three-hour plenary address focuses on key skills and concepts in therapeutic engagement with adolescents. It explores recent developments in the field of understanding and treating adolescents and young adults who sexually abuse, including the principles of risk, need, and responsivity. The address then examines how adverse childhood experiences impact dynamic risk as well as overall functioning. These, in turn, present barriers to developing a lifestyle in which causing harm is unnecessary and undesirable. This address also highlights strategies for engaging adolescents and young adults in treatment. While the field has improved in understanding the ever-changing nature of risk and treatment need, much work remains in our abilities to provide treatment in a way that clients can be responsive to.

12:15-1:00pm Lunch Break

1:00-2:30pm – Afternoon Session 1

The Role of Family in Treating and Preventing Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors by Youth

Presenters: Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOE, LSOTP, Katherine Van Horn, LCSW

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Access a recording of this session here:  Passcode: sE6%Odzz

CEU Session Survey (must be completed to receive CEUs) HERE

Participants will gain an understanding of how family attachment and relationship dynamics impact youth sexual behavior problems, and learn how to work with families in the healing and recovery process.

2:30-2:45pm Break 

2:45-4:15pm – Afternoon Session 2

Creating Communities of Peer Connection with High Psychopathy Sex Offenders by Using Group-Centered Group Therapy

Presenters: Jerry Jennings, Ph.D.; Erica Reische, MA, LSOTP, Eleanor Schupick, MA, LASOTP

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CEU Session Survey (must be completed to receive CEUs) HERE

Contrary to their reputation for manipulation, deceit, and antagonistic anti-social behavior, this pilot study of relationship-focused group therapy found that high psychopathy subjects (PCL-R scores >30) showed (1) significant improvements in secure attachment and (2) consistently rated their group experience as more positive than their low and medium psychopathy peers. Item analysis showed a unique pattern of elevated concern with social acceptance and connection for high psychopathy subjects, who also perceived a more positive experience of group therapeutic climate in every month of the study compared to their non-psychopathic peers. Based on the results, and augmented by the first-hand observations from the group therapists, the presenters hypothesize that psychopathy may be an interpersonal disorder, rooted in ostracism, and that group therapy which emphasizes interpersonal relating (rather than a focus on criminogenic issues and offense behavior) can be effective in promoting prosocial values and attitudes for sex offenders with high psychopathy. 

4:30-5:30pm Networking Event – Provider’s Roundtable – No CEUS are provided for this session

During this Zoom session,  Jessica Renner and the ILATSA Board will facilitate a discussion on the current state of sex offender treatment within the state of Illinois, how everyone is managing the pandemic in sex offender treatment, and just to chat and get to know each other!  Bring your own snacks!

Friday, March 19

Keynote Speakers

Paul Carrola, Ph.D.

Dr. Paul Carrola is an Associate Professor in the Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio 2012 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and is also a board approved LPC supervisor. Dr. Carrola received his Masters degree in Community Counseling in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2012. He has over eight years of clinical experience in the mental health field and has worked with disadvantaged populations including prison inmates and individuals of low economic means in institutional, school and in private practice settings. Dr. Carrola has worked with both adults and adolescents on issues ranging from anger management, crisis management, behavioral problems, family counseling and substance abuse.

Dr. Carrola’s research interests are trauma, counselor burnout, secondary trauma, correctional counseling, and domestic violence. He has published articles on these topics in Journals such as the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, the Clinical Supervisor and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Dr. Carrola is also a board member of the Texas Association of Counselor Education and Supervision and a Senator for the Texas Counseling Association.

Workshop Description – Fri. March 19, 2021

8:45-9:00am – Welcome – Jeff Reynolds, ILATSA Board Member, ILATSA President Michelle Evans

Watch this morning’s welcome from ATSA Chapter Engagement and Development Committee Member and ILATSA Board Member, Jeff Reynolds HERE

9:00-12:15pm Keynote – Paul Carrola, Ph.D.

Secondary Trauma and Burnout for Mental Health Professionals: Coping during the Pandemic and Social Divisions

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Access the recording here:  Passcode: 4txK%6DE

CEU Session Survey (must be completed to receive CEUs) HERE

Mental health issues have come to the forefront during the pandemic and many social issues that have been prevalent over recent years. Mental health professionals have been tasked to address the multiple societal mental health concerns that have arisen yet often find themselves struggling to cope with those same stressors. This talk will focus on understanding societal and global stressors, interventions to use with clients, and steps for professionals to seek self-care and maintain mental health in the face of secondary trauma. Lastly, the talk will focus on adaptive interventions related to offender counseling.

12:15-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00-2:30pm  – Afternoon Session 1

Moving Towards Mastery: Creating a New Lens for Identifying and Working With Sexually Problematic Behaviors in Adolescents

Presenter: Jessica Renner, LCPC, LSOTP

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Access the recording here: Passcode: 4txK%6DE

CEU Session Survey (must be completed to receive CEUs) HERE

The workshop helps participants to tell the difference between developmentally normal and problematic sexual behaviors in youth. What’s appropriate and inappropriate touch? When does a behavior cross the line from natural exploration to exploitation? When do we intervene and how? In this workshop participants will be taught how to identify between healthy, unhealthy, and problematic sexual behaviors for youth 12 and older. Participants will also learn methods to organizing effective interventions early on when unhealthy or problematic behaviors arise. The key part of the workshop is to get participants to interact with getting a better understanding of what working with these behaviors brings up for them and how to manage, rather than going into the poles of avoidance or control within themselves.

2:30-2:45pm Break 

2:45-4:15pm – Afternoon Session 2

The Scientific Advancements and Reliability of Polygraph

Presenter: Thomas Trice, D.Mgt

Slides and a recording will not be available for this presentation.

CEU Session Survey (must be completed to receive CEUs) HERE

Those that attend this presentation will gain better knowledge related to the scientific advancements and reliability of polygraphs. They will also learn the limitations associated with the polygraph and sex offender testing. Additionally, this presentation will cover the scientific scoring methods utilized in determining polygraph results and the differences between exploratory polygraph examinations and specific polygraph examination reliabilities. Finally, this presentation will cover the importance of coordination between the treatment team and the polygraph examiner, question formulation, and conducting thorough  pre-test interviews with clients in the treatment programs to maximize the overall treatment team’s goals.