Forensic Psychology, Walden University
Dr. Eric Hickey is a core faculty member in Walden University’s Forensic Psychology graduate program. As the former Dean of the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University and Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, Dr. Hickey has taught many courses involving the psychology of crime, criminal paraphilia, sexual predators, crime scene investigation, psychopathy, threat assessment, and violence prevention. An international survey (2014) identified Dr. Hickey as one of the top 30 active forensic experts in the world. He has conducted seminars in countries throughout Europe, Asia and North America. His expertise is chronicled in dozens of television documentaries. He consults with private agencies and testifies as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases involving sex crimes against children and adults, criminal paraphilia, stalking, homicide, domestic violence and serial crimes. He also consults for the Department of Defense (Military Police).
Dr. Hickey is a member of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP) and currently the Editor-in-Chief for their Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology (JPCP). His most frequently cited book, Serial Murderers and Their Victims, 7th ed., 2016 (Cengage), is used by universities and law enforcement in studying the nature of violence, criminal personalities and victim-offender relationships. His current research focuses upon the development of his theory of relational paraphilic attachment (RPA) and sexual predators. A recent co-edited book Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Interdisciplinary Approach, 2017 (Cognella), explores some of the darkest criminal behaviors known to mankind.
Becket Family of Services
David Prescott is the Clinical Services Development Director for the Becket Family of Services. He also provides consultation to agencies around the world. Mr. Prescott has produced 17 book projects and numerous articles and chapters in the areas of assessing and treating sexual violence and trauma.
Mr. Prescott has lectured around the world. He also serves on the editorial boards of two scholarly journals, the Journal of Sexual Aggression, and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Mr. Prescott is also co-blogger for the Sexual Abuse journal and co-editor of the NEARI News, which are read by thousands of professionals each month.
Andrew J. R. Harris, M.Sc., Ph.D., C. Psych. did his doctoral research on the intersection of Hare’s (1991) conception of criminal psychopathy and levels of sexual deviance as assessed in a probation and parole sample. Dr. Harris was previously employed in both research and clinical capacities by the Solicitor General Canada, the Correctional Service of Canada, the Oak Ridge (Maximum Security) division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre, and at a general acute care hospital, York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill, Ontario. Dr. Harris has a private clinical and consulting practice in Ontario, Canada and speaks extensively on risk assessment for violent, sexual, and pornography offenders, psychopathy, high-risk offenders, sexual offenders with prominent cognitive delays and, the history of prison architecture.
Dan Powers Training / Consulting
Dan Powers is a clinical social worker and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas. He directs all professional services offered to victims of child abuse and family violence as well as their non-offending family members. Dan has 30 years of experience working within the field of child abuse, sex offenders and family violence. He frequently testifies as an expert witness in state and federal courts. He has also testified on several occasions before Texas legislative committees. Dan has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards and is currently Chairman of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force. He has made numerous presentations at major national and regional conferences on the sexual victimization of children, sex offenders, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse. He is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals. Dan lives in Texas with his wife and two sons.
Breakout Session Speakers
Roman Alvarez, EdD, LPC, LMFT, LSOTP
Houston Community College-Southeast
Roman Alvarez is a doctoral level counselor educator, psychotherapist, personal coach, and organizational/educational consultant; he utilizes both Eco-systemic and Archetypal psychology inquiries in his practice. With thirty years of combined professional experience in human services, behavioral health and education, Roman is highly accomplished in the following areas: program development of clinical-, developmental-, prevention-, and curriculum-based treatment programming; disability services; career services; training-supervision of staff; personal-interpersonal coaching; educational and human services administration. He has graduate degrees in clinical psychology and counselor education from Texas Southern University and post-graduate training in depth/analytical psychology from NOLA Jungian Seminar/IRSJA. He currently serves as a lead counselor in counseling & disability support services and as an adjunct professor in psychology at Houston Community College. He previously taught graduate school at UHCL’s psychology program, PVAMU’s counselor education program, and University of St. Thomas-Houston (UST’s) counselor education and clinical mental health counseling programs.
Phillip E. Crocco has a Master’s Degree for the University of Colorado in Denver. He has recently retired as a LPC-S and LSOTP. He enjoys playing musical instruments; and working on machine lathes turning both metal and wood.
Kenda Dalrymple, JD
Carls, McDonald & Dalrymple, LLP
Kenda Dalrymple is a partner in the firm of Carls, McDonald & Dalrymple, LLP in Austin, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Baylor University and her law degree from Baylor University School of Law. She practices in the areas of administrative and health law, with an emphasis on representing licensed professionals before their licensing boards and advising them on matters related to their practices. She is married to her college sweetheart, Bill Dalrymple, and they live in Cedar Park with their dog pack.
Shelley Graham, PhD, LPC-S, LSOTP-S
Shoal Creek Counseling, PLCC
Doctor Shelley Graham provides offender treatment services to adults and juveniles in the Central Texas area. She began working with forensic clients in 1991. She conducts chaperone training and family reunification therapy; develops curriculum, and has co-authored chaperon/external support training workshops presented nationally. She provides continuing education hours in preparation for ASOTP/LSOTP certification; performs forensic evaluations and assessments for offenders in the State of Texas; contracts as a treatment provider for the civil commitment program and is a State of Texas De-registration Specialist. She is a Certified trainer in Static-99/Stable/Acute/Risk Assessment Instruments.
Neal Harris introduces new technology breakthroughs into the marketplace. His first startup (SynOptics) invented Ethernet and was sold to Northern Telecom for $9.1 billion. Three subsequent companies in the internet infrastructure business (Ascend, Packet Engines, and Foundry Networks) were sold for a combined $23.2 billion. Neal is an active angel and venture capital investor with investments in over 75 companies.
Matt Jones, MSCC, LPC, ASOTP, NCC
Family Service Center of Galveston County
Matthew D. Jones, MSCC, LPC, ASOTP, NCC has been a therapist with Family Service Center since Fall 2014. He previously completed his yearlong graduate counseling internship at Family Service Center, with a focus on the STAR Program. Matthew currently provides services in the Juvenile Justice Program at Family Service Center. His area of expertise is in utilizing the Cognitive-Behavioral in providing treatment. Matthew’s personal belief about change is that change never has a beginning nor an end, but is in a constant flux. Change contains the acceptance of what is and what is to become. Change is always needed.
Family Service Center of Galveston County
Mr. Kubis is the Program Director of the OASIS Program of Family Service Center of Galveston County. Mr. Kubis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor (LPC-S) and Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Supervisor (LSOTP-S) with a clinical specialty treating Juveniles with a variety illegal, dangerous, and /or maladaptive behavior problems. He has successfully worked with adolescents and children with illegal, inappropriate, sexual behavior issues since 1991. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Guidance from Texas State University and obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Eisenhower College of RIT, New York. Mr. Kubis has lived in Texas for over 30 years but grew up in suburban New York City.
Sam Houston State University / TEAM Forensic Services, PLLC
Dr. Holly A. Miller is a professor and associate dean of academic programs in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. She also is a licensed psychologist and sex offender treatment provider. Dr. Miller conducts research, teaches and practices in the areas of offender risk and strength assessment, particularly with sexual offenders. As a specialist in forensic assessment and offender evaluation, Dr. Miller has developed the Inventory of Offender Risk, Needs and Strengths (IORNS), a measure developed to assess variables that are related to recidivism for offender treatment and management purposes.
MMolett Psychotherapy and Forensic Services
Maria T. Molett has her master’s degree in clinical and community psychology from Chapman University, Orange, California. She has been in the field of mental health for 40 years. She holds license and supervisor status in both LPC and LSOTP. She is also a de-registration specialist in the state of Texas. She has served under two governors as a member of the Council on Sex Offender Treatment from 1998 to 2009. She has been the executive director of two non-profit community counseling agencies and is currently in private practice in the Dallas Metroplex. Throughout her career she has founded a non-profit counseling agency, developed sex offender treatment programs, served on numerous task forces in her community and provided training to the general public and professionals. She provides assessment and treatment for juveniles and adults, works with victims of abuse, and works with the innocence project in Texas.
Anna Shursen, PhD, LPC, LSOTP
Forensic Evaluation and Treatment Services
Dr. Shursen received her doctorate degree in Family Therapy from Texas Women’s University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider and a De-registration Specialist in the State of Texas. Dr. Shursen has testified in civil commitment court evaluations in Texas’ Outpatient Sexually Violent Sex Offender Program. She has been in private practice in the Dallas Fort Worth area for 18 years. She provides pretrial adjudication psychosexual evaluations and assessment and treatment for adults on parole and probation.
TEAM Forensic Services, PLLC
Dr. Jerry D. Smith Jr. is a licensed psychologist, affiliate sex offender treatment provider, and consultant in private practice. He is an expert in correctional management, personnel management and corporate leadership, crisis communication and conflict resolution, behavioral analysis, and predicting violent behavior. He holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and Professional Counseling. Dr. Smith has taught forensic psychology and human development courses at the college level and conducted workshops and presentations on various multicultural and leadership issues with state and federal agencies. Dr. Smith has worked in various capacities within the criminal justice field, to include involuntarily committed inpatient psychiatric hospitals, juvenile detention centers, adult community corrections/re-entry centers, adult offender treatment practices, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP). In his capacity with the FBOP, he served as residential drug abuse program coordinator, crisis negotiator and response trainer, sexual assault prevention and intervention expert, behavior and mental illness management expert, and suicide prevention expert.