Day Three – Tuesday

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
8:30 – 10:00 am – Morning Keynote
Taking the High Road:
Facing Ethical Challenges
Dan Powers, ACSW, LCSW, LSOTP
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County
There are many benefits to working with other professionals, but it also can bring ethical challenges as a part of the important work we do. This workshop will examine ethical issues and challenges we may face. Our colleges, clients and the public will experience the effects of our decisions. This concept reinforces our professional obligation to make all reasonable efforts to anticipate possible consequences and take reasonable steps to avoid unjustified harm to others.

10:00 – 10:30 am – Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Concurrent Sessions
Breaking Resistance in Mandated Clients (Part 1)
Jerry Smith Jr., PsyD
Breakthrough Psychological Solutions PLLC

This session will discuss ways to break through resistance often presented by clients mandated to treatment. The session will include didactic and open discussion elements. Participants will leave the session with specific strategies and tools to build rapport, group cohesion, and therapeutic “buy-in” that can be immediately implemented in treatment.

Executing an Evidence-Based Treatment Program
Holly Miller, PhD, LSOTP
Sam Houston State University / TEAM Forensic Services, PLLC

This session will focus on the main tenets of an empirically-based treatment program. Topics will cover assessment, treatment length, treatment focus, and attention to the curative factors of group treatment. The speaker will present the evidence for treatment dose according to risk level, important treatment factors for each gender, assessment of positive change, and the importance of group cohesion and relationships.

Evaluating Adolescents with Sexual Behavior Problems:
What The ASI Database Tells Us (Part 1)
Bret White, PhD, MSW
Abel Screening

This presentation will provide clinicians with information regarding assessing adolescents with sexual behavior problems. The presentation will begin by reviewing foundation guidelines needed to assess adolescents with sexual behavior problems. Then the presentation will review developmental issues and examine the 10 Clusters of Motivators as outlined by Phil Rich. Finally, the speaker will provide objective data from the ASI data base to help clinicians differentiate the cluster of motivators.

A Close-up Look at Female Sex Offenders in Positions of Trust
Julie Brand, MS
Caper Consulting

We have been slow to acknowledge that some women, working in “positions of trust,” sexually abuse children. This workshop examines recent cases of female teachers found guilty of child sexual abuse. It explores the dynamics of their teacher-student “relationships” and reveals ways that the gender of the perpetrator impacts victim disclosures, the reporting of sex crimes, arrests, public response, prosecution and sentencing. An interview with an archetypal convicted female sex offender (conducted in Colorado, Oct. 2011), offers insights into the sexual abuse of adolescent males by adult female perpetrators. Participants will learn proactive strategies for possible prevention and earlier intervention.

Not My Favorite Thing, Testifying in Court
Dan Powers, ACSW, LCSW, LSOTP
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County

At some point in your work, you will be asked (or told) to go to court because someone has decided that your testimony may be essential to the judge in making informed decisions on behalf of children and families. Going to court is often described as the “worst part of my job.” It can be intimidating and overwhelming to have to testify. To be successful, it is essential to be prepared and to understand the process. This workshop will discuss the process and ways professionals can feel more confident in the courtroom.

12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch on Own

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Concurrent Sessions
Breaking Resistance in Mandated Clients (Part 2)
Jerry Smith Jr., PsyD
Breakthrough Psychological Solutions PLLC
This session will discuss ways to break through resistance often presented by clients mandated to treatment. See full description above in Part 1.

Resiliency 101:
From Victim to Survivor
Julie Brand, MS
Caper Consulting

Some victims of childhood abuse perpetuate the cycle of violence. Some victims self destruct. Yet others become safe, nurturing, emotionally healthy adults. How can we influence which path they will choose? This dynamic program identifies seven key steps that can help victims to overcome trauma and to develop a “survivor’s perspective.” Attendees will learn how to use the “language of resiliency” to identify and to reinforce victims’ strengths thereby positively impacting both their self-perceptions and their life scripts. Participants will learn how to foster resiliency in their clients’ lives and also in their own. The presenter is both an experienced counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal sexual abuse.

Evaluating Adolescents with Sexual Behavior Problems:
What The ASI Database Tells Us (Part 2)
Bret White, PhD, MSW
Abel Screening

This presentation will provide clinicians with information regarding assessing adolescents with sexual behavior problems. See full description above in Part 1.

Panel: Practice Advice from Experienced Therapists
Moderator: Shellee Henson, MS, LMFT, LSOTP
Panelists: Liles Arnold, LPC, LSOTP;
Jeff Fletcher, MA, LPC-S, LSOTP-S;
Anna Shursen, PhD, 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.

Complaint-Proofing Your Practice:
Updates on What They Did Not Teach You in Graduate School
Kenda Dalrymple, JD
Carls, McDonald & Dalrymple, LLP

This program will provide a lively discussion of the most common situations that lead to conflict and dissatisfaction between clients and mental health professionals who are sex offender treatment providers. Special emphasis will be given to strategies for avoiding problems, tips for handling risks appropriately and pragmatic suggestions for protecting your practice. This program will incorporate a discussion of applicable Texas statutes and board rules.

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Break

3:30 – 5:00 pm – Afternoon Keynote
Follow the Yellow Brick Road or Let the Witches Get You:
How You Can Overcome Vicarious Trauma and Burn Out

Dan Powers, ACSW, LCSW, LSOTP
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County

We see things most people don’t want to talk about and often pretend don’t exist in this world. It takes a special type of COURAGE to keep coming back. Having a HEART is seen as a liability, but it also the foundation of our motivation to make a difference. When we forget to use our BRAIN to make healthy choices, we allow the flying monkeys to bring stress, trauma and eventually burnout into our lives. You have had the power all along to create a healthy self and ensure the wicked witch does not follow you on your journey. Participants will be challenged to use their Courage to identify the risk factors and stand up to vicarious trauma, listen to their Heart to remind them of the great work they do and use their Brain to develop healthy strategies and a personal plan to get back home again.