Concurrent Speakers

Concurrent Session Speakers

Julie Brand, MS
Caper Consulting
Julie Brand established in 2006, CAPER Consulting to confront the subject of mother-daughter sexual abuse. Her goals are to educate professionals about the complex dynamics of maternal incest and how to intervene effectively on the behalf of victims. Victims of mother-daughter sexual abuse can recover from their childhood trauma. The transition from victim to survivor is essential for both the individual’s recovery and also to prevent child sexual abuse in successive generations. Ms. Brand holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. Now she uses her dual perspective as a counselor and as a survivor of maternal incest to write and to speak about mother-daughter sexual abuse.

In her book and in her dynamic workshops, She combines research data, professional insights and her personal experiences to enlighten audiences about the reality of mother-daughter sexual abuse. Her upbeat keynote presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives.

Sergeant Amy Briggs
Office of The Attorney General
Amy Briggs serves as a sergeant investigator at Texas Office of the Attorney General.

Christine Cesa, MA
Survivor Leader and Advocate
Christine Cesa is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters in Intercultural Studies with Children at Risk. Ms. Cea is a Survivor Expert with Runaway Girl and provides education, awareness events and trainings. She is also trained in Ending the Game Curriculum (Sowers Education Group) and Empower Youth Curriculum (iEmpathize). She has spoken at numerous anti-trafficking events since 2013. Christine is an inspiring speaker and trainer in regard to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, at-risk issues pertaining to girls and women, and the need for their care and support. A CSEC survivor herself, Christine is now an advocate for girls at risk, empowering women, equipping communities and preventing and ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking.  She is a voice for the voiceless.

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.

Shelley Graham, PhD, LPC-S, LSOTP-S
Clinical Director
Shoal Creek Counseling, PLCC
Dr. 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.

Adult-Parent-Family-Child, LLC
Mark Harris is licensed by the State Of Texas as a licensed clinical social worker and supervisor, and is licensed by the State of Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment as a licensed sex offender treatment provider, adolescent specialist, and supervisor. He is a certified master forensic social worker; clinically certified forensic counselor; is certified in creative conflict resolution with children; and is certified to facilitate education groups for batterers using the Duluth method. Mark has been a guest lecturer on sex offenders to criminal justice classes at Trinity and A & M Universities. He has guest lectured at UTSA School Of Social Work on forensic social work. He presented at three annual Council on Sex Offender Treatment conferences in Texas on treating juveniles with sexual behavior problems.

Shellee Henson, MS, LMFT, LSOTP
Shellee Henson, MS, LMFT, LSOTP is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider in Dallas, Collin, and Hunt Counties.  She has been doing sex offender treatment for 4 years.

Belinda Martinez, MA, LPC-S, LSOTP, CCFC, CCTS-S
Martinez Counseling Services
Belinda Martinez’ began her journey 18 years ago with an interest in addiction studies, which eventually led to her interest in trauma-impacted clients. Over the past 14 years, she has worked to resolve the impact that the trauma has had on clients. She wants to help her clients learn about how trauma has impacted their decisions and aid them in moving past resistance to change.

Holly Miller, PhD, LSOTP
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.

Leandro “Leo”Perez, Jr.
Assistant Supervisor
Hidalgo County Adult Probation
Leandro “Leo” Perez, Jr. is an Assistant Supervisor for the Hidalgo County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas Pan American in 2004. He is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville Police Academy. Before coming to the Hidalgo County C.S.C.D, he worked as a Security Manager under the Federal Protective Services contract in the Southern District of Texas. He came to Hidalgo County C.S.C.D in September of 2005 as a community supervision officer. He served as a line officer for four years before being assigned to the United States Marshals Violent Offender Task Force. He was promoted to Assistant Supervisor in May of 2016. He also serves the Hidalgo County Community Supervision and Corrections Department as the law enforcement liaison, the department safety officer, the in house field safety instructor, the hurricane evacuation response plan coordinator, and the gang intelligence officer. He is also an active lifetime member of Texas Probation Association, where he serves as a co-chair for the silent auction committee, and was the 2016 award recipient of the Texas Probation Associations Judge Terry L. Jacks Award for his significate contributions to the community corrections profession. He is also a member of the Texas gang Investigators Association.

KevinPowell, PhD
Author, Speaker, Trainer
Kevin M. Powell, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has been working with children, adolescents, and their families for the past 3 decades in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, school, and correctional facilities. Dr. Powell currently works as the Clinical Director and Psychologist for a 119-bed youth correctional facility in Colorado. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Colorado State University in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Powell has worked with youth in Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Utah and has conducted research in the area of juvenile delinquency.  He has authored several book chapters focusing on strengths-based, relationship-based, holistic youth and families services. He has also authored a book entitled, A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention with At-Risk Youth (2015), as well as a children’s book, Our Very Special Bodies (2014), which increases children’s knowledge about their bodies and promotes open communication within families to help reduce the risk of childhood sexual victimization.  In addition to his publications and ongoing clinical work, Dr. Powell presents nationally and internationally on a variety of strengths-based topics related to promoting healthy youth development. Details are described on this website.

Terri Rogers
Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Dewitt County Juvenile Probation
Terri Rogers serves as the chief probation officer at the Dewitt County Probation office.

Jerry Smith Jr., PsyD, LP, ASOTP
Licensed Psychologist, Affiliate Sex Offender Treatment Provider
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.

Randy Smith, LPsych, LSOTP
Psychologist LSOTP
Taft and Associates
Randy Smith attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and obtained a Master of Science degree in psychology. His first professional job was as a masters level provider (associate psychologist) in rural Arkansas in a community mental health clinic. After seven years he returned to school at the Oklahoma State University, obtaining a PhD in counseling psychology in 1992. He left Oklahoma for Texas and was licensed as a psychologist in 1994. He worked for seven years as a psychologist for DallasMetro Care. Randy left there to work for the Texas Youth Commission as a director of clinical services. He worked in two locations, for three years at the Al Price Juvenile Correction Facility and for seven years at the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center.  Since leaving in 2010, Randy has been in private practice.  In addition to private practice he also is an adjunct professor at Navarro College in Waxahachie teaching child development and general psychology.

Bret White, PhD, MSW
Abel Screening
Dr. Bret White is the CEO of Abel Screening Inc.  He provides trains to ASI’S network of therapists on the clinical interpretation of the ASI products. He has been treating individuals with sexually behavior problems since 1989 and is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.  Dr. White speaks nationally at trainings and conferences on treatment issues for people who fail to observe sexual boundaries. He was awarded his Doctoral Degree from the Institute for Clinical Social Work and earned his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas.

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Day Four – Wednesday

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:30 – 11:45 am – Closing Session
Determining What’s Working:
Evaluating Your Practice to Improve Treatment Delivery
and Outcomes

Melissa Grady, PhD, MSW
National Catholic Service of Social Work

Are you a clinician who has ever thought: “How can I tell if my treatment program is working?” or “I wonder what about my program is making the difference with my clients?” or “I wish I could figure out a way to show how effective my program is to others.” If so, then this session will help you address these questions. This session is designed to help practitioners who have an active practice to develop strategies to evaluate their practice in order to improve treatment delivery and outcomes.

Upon completion of this educational activity, attendees should be better able
• To articulate the importance and ways of evaluating practice.
• To understand the role of session-based evaluation methods in improving client outcomes.
• To identify research questions and how to measure them in your practice.
• To identify how to measure the core treatment targets of the intervention program.
• To be able to build a tracking system to measure recidivism.
• To identify community partners to assist with to assessing distal and proximal outcomes.

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Day Two – Monday

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Monday, March 9, 2020
8:30 – 10:00 am – Morning Keynote
Cross Cultural Communications

Milton Creagh
AtHu Enterprises

This session will explore cultural (racial, socioeconomic, gender based, generational) barriers that often impede delivery of vital information and messages to our target populations. Based on the research and writings of anthropologist Edward Hall, Mr. Creagh has combined Dr. Hall’s scholarly work with his real world experience of teaching Diversity in Communication in corporate America for over 25 years and to educators, professional athletes, politicians and non profit entities for two decades. We all know that too often very important and needed messages are missed because of the wrong style or type of delivery.

10:00 – 10:30 am – Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Understanding Psychological Evaluations (including SORA)
and How to Get the Results You Can Use (Part 1)

Randy Smith, LPsych, LSOTP
Taft and Associates

Probation officers and other providers do not understand what a psychological evaluation is and how it can inform supervision and treatment of sex offenders. A basic understanding of how and what information is necessary to provide a useful assessment and how to formulate a question the evaluator can answer. Information regarding different types of assessment and how it can be used to identify risks, and criminogenic needs. Discussion of the limits of predictability and the need to assess suicidality as a part of the management of the sex offender in both residential and community settings.

Supervisor Refresher Course (Part 1)
Shelley Graham, PhD, LPC-S, LSOTP-S
Shoal Creek Counselin
The session will cover definitions of the supervision process. Attendees will assess the supervision relationship and learn how to define expectations. The speaker will cover legal issues of supervision and outline guidelines of supervision.

The session will also provide treatment issues unique to sex offender treatment and spent time review self-care.

Adversity-Responsive, Resiliency Enhancing Services for Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Victimized (Part 1)
Kevin Powell, PhD
This session provides information about strengths-based interventions for working effectively with children & adolescents who have been victims of sexual abuse and other types of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Topics will include:
• Necessary Characteristics for ACE-Responsive Service Providers
• Reasons to remain optimistic when working with youth who have Adverse Childhood Experiences
• Information about factors that can cause trauma in youth
• 16 Adversity-Responsive, Resiliency-Enhancing Service Objectives that cover six major components of Victim/Survivor Services–Relationship/Therapeutic Alliance, Stabilization, Rationale/Primer for services, Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention.

Cross Cultural Communications: A Deeper Dive
Milton Creagh
AtHu Enterprises

Attend this breakout session for further exploration into cultural barriers that often impede delivery of vital information and messages to our target populations. The key aim of this session is to recognize the importance of improving our cross cultural communication and to learn some simple methods for achieving this.

Internet Crimes Against Children
Sergeant Amy Briggs
Office of the Attorney General

The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program helps federal, state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. This encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education. The speaker will provide: An overview of the Child Exploitation Unit for the Office of the Texas Attorney General and
trends in cyber cases community awareness.

12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch on Own

1:30 – 3:00 pm – Breakout Sessions
Understanding Psychological Evaluations (including SORA)
and How to Get the Results You Can Use (Part 2)

Randy Smith, LPsych, LSOTP
Taft and Associates

Probation officers and other providers do not understand what a psychological evaluation is and how it can inform supervision and treatment of sex offenders. See full description above in Part 1.

Supervisor Refresher Course (Part 2)
Shelley Graham, PhD, LPC-S, LSOTP-S
Shoal Creek Counseling

The session will cover definitions of the supervision process. The speaker will cover legal issues of supervision and outline guidelines of supervision. See full description above in Part 1.

Adversity-Responsive, Resiliency Enhancing Services for Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Victimized (Part 2)
Kevin Powell, PhD
This session provides information about strengths-based interventions for working effectively with children & adolescents who have been victims of sexual abuse and other types of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). See full description above in Part 1.

What About Our Boys: Understanding the Challenges Facing Male Victims of Sexual Abuse and Assault
Julie Brand, MS
Caper Consulting
ociety is still in denial that males can even be victims of sexual assault, especially by females. Ignorance and minimization of the problem impede victims’ opportunities for rescue and for recovery. This program identifies the unique challenges that male victims face and the myths about sexual abuse and assault that keep them silent. “The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study” and subsequent research validate both the frequency and the resulting trauma of male sexual victimization.

P.O.S.T – Probation Officer Safety Training Field / Home Safety
Leandro “Leo” Perez, Jr.
Hidalgo County Adult Probation

As we all know probation provides an alternative to incarceration, and consequently the home becomes a focal point for adjustment to anyone who is experiencing community supervision for the first time. A strong family and stable home environment goes hand in hand with the treatment needs of any defendant. As each passing year comes and goes the field of probation becomes more and more advance in treatment assistance and monitoring. One of the most critical tools a probation officer has at his or her disposal are home visits. Conducting home visits offers a probation officer a unique opportunity to discover a defendant’s adjustment to community supervision. Home visits are a critical tool in case management for all probation officers.

Each home visit however can expose a probation officer to hazardous situations. Probation officers can benefit from old and new techniques that will make their safety in the field a priority. Field / Home Safety Training will expose probation officers to areas of concern as well as new and up to date information from law enforcement agencies that are critical in ensuring a safe return back to the office.

This presentation will provide probation officers with a general understanding of each officer’s responsibilities during and after a field / home visit. It will also bring guidance and preparation skills prior to conducting field / home visits. It is a step forward in ensuring safety in the field of probation.

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Break
3:30 – 5:00 pm Afternoon Keynote Panel Discussion
Panel: Practice Advice from Experienced Therapists

Moderator: Shellee Hanson, MS, LMFT, LSOTP

Therapists who are new to the profession or lack a lot of experience can feel overwhelmed by the breadth of knowledge needed to do their jobs well. This session offers advice from experienced therapists about the parts of our jobs that may not be fully addressed by supervision, research, or professional presentations designed for experienced professionals. The moderator will pose questions to the panel about such topics as establishing relationships with community supervisors, the use of assessments in treatment plans, ordering additional assignments or testing for individual clients, testifying in court, and expanding their businesses. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to ask their own questions.

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Day One – Sunday

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Sunday, March 8
Opening Keynote – 1:30 – 3 pm

What Really Needs to Change: Understanding Risk Propensities for Sexual Recidivism
R. Karl Hanson, PhD, CPsych
Individuals with a history of sexual crime often have a range of life problems, not all of which are related to their sexual recidivism risk. This presentation identifies the characteristics with the strongest empirical evidence, and provides guidance to understanding the core psychological features responsible for recidivism risk. Sexual recidivism risk factors can be grouped into three broad dimensions:
a) general antisociality (e.g., poor cognitive problem solving, negative attitudes towards authority),
b) persistence/paraphilia (e.g., deviant sexual interests, sexual preoccupation), and
c) youthful stranger aggression (e.g., intentional victim harm).

Within each dimension are features that are stable propensities unlikely to ever fully disappear (e.g., low verbal intelligence, pedophilia, sadism). Nevertheless, most individuals with a sexual offense history eventually learn to manage their risk relevant propensities and no longer present a significant risk for sexual recidivism. Effective treatment advances naturally occurring adult development towards increased self-control, cooperation, and acceptance of others.

3:00 – 3:30 am – Break
3:30 – 5:00 pm – Concurrent Sessions

Estimating Sexual Recidivism Risk for Individuals Who Have Been Many Years Offense Free in the Community

R. Karl Hanson, PhD, CPsych
Using case examples, this session provides directions on how to combine initial risk and post index nonsexual offending into an estimate of current risk for individuals who have spent two or more years sexual offense free in the community.
The approach is based on the reliable, consistent time free effects described in our recent papers (Hanson et al., 2018 “Once a sexual offender, not always a sexual offender; Thornton et al., 2019 “Estimating lifetime and residual risk for individuals who remain sexual offense free in the community: Practical applications”).
The case examples will use the Static-99R and STABLE-2007 risk tools; however, the general approach would work for any credible method of estimating initial risk. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops so that they can practice with a time free calculator (an EXCEL file), which will be distributed in advance.

Trauma and Sex Offender Treatment: Bridging a Gap
Belinda Martinez, MA, LPC-S, LSOTP, CCFC, CCTS-S
Martinez Counseling Services

This session is intended to assist providers in taking short steps in assisting clients by meeting needs that had not previously been considered in adult treatment. Trauma-based services engage clients as a collaborative process, looking at the whole person. Incorporating education and brief skills training into treatment that focus on trauma, help clients engage in services and incorporate skills, in a nonthreatening way. We have learned that a trauma response can have overlapping consequences into offending behaviors; and as we understand the role of trauma in our clients, we can take steps to assist in the recovery process, both from trauma effects but also sexually offending behaviors.

Trauma-based services can easily be incorporated without disrupting sex offender treatment and can work in conjunction to minimize potential problems often seen at the onset of services, while magnifying client engagement. This session will review: ACES, brief descriptions of child development, physiological and neurological impact of trauma, psycho-educational interventions, evidence based treatment methodologies, and brief treatment interventions.

Treating Juveniles with Sex Offending Behavior Problems Pre-Adjudication
Mark Harris, LCSW, LSOTP, MFSV
Adult-Partner-Family-Child, LLC

This session will show you how to adjust your treatment plan and interaction to allow for: male or female; IQ and EQ level of development; sexually abused or not sexually abused; reactive or predatory; adjudicated or non-adjudicated; Child Protective Services involvement; admitting or not admitting; criminal or civil cases or both; and when to recommend an Abel Assessment.

Familial Trafficking, Trauma and Recovery
Christine Cesa, MA
Survivor Leader and Advocate

Attendees will learn about the typology of familial trafficking within Human Trafficking. The intersections are multifaceted and involved severe traumatic. Every day victims of human trafficking in our community are being exploited while they are present and interacting with the community. These minors are not invisible, yet professionals fail to recognize the signs and are unprepared to intervene. The presenter will review her own case study of familial trafficking, highlighting often untold situations of commercial sexual exploitation of children. Describing how trafficking impacted every dimension of life; educationally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. In addition, trauma and recovery will be shared. Attendees will learn about recent data and indicators to look for.

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