Keynote Speakers

Julie Brand, MS
CAPER Consulting

Julie Brand holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career as a school counselor. She uses her unique perspective as both counselor and survivor to speak and to write about females who sexually abuse children. Since founding CAPER Consulting (Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Recovery) in 2006, Julie has educated and empowered audiences across the United States with her dynamic programs on: mother-daughter sexual abuse, female offenders in positions of trust, male survivors, and opportunities for resilient recovery from childhood trauma.

She combines research data, professional insights, survivors’ histories and her personal experiences to enlighten audiences about the reality of female sex offenders. Julie’s upbeat presentations focus on the power of resiliency and healing in all of our lives. Her first book, A Mother’s Touch: Surviving Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse, was published in 2007 and her second, Behind the Façade: Exposing Female Sex Offenders and Helping Abuse Victims to Heal, was just completed in the fall of 2021.

Lindsey Dinkel, PhD, LCPC
Larned State Hospital

Lindsey Dinkel is the Chief Operations Officer and Assistant Superintendent at Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas which encompasses psychiatric services, state security services, and sexual predator treatment services. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Instructor for the Criminal Justice Department at Fort Hays State University and teaches courses that pertain to mental health and criminal justice. Dr. Dinkel obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology through Fort Hays State University followed by obtaining her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She later became a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology through Northcentral University.

Dr. Dinkel is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas and has experience providing therapy services in private practice and child welfare settings as well as working with sexual predators that have been civilly committed for treatment. Dr. Dinkel’s current professional role entails emphasis on administration and her research interests include the topic of burnout and ways to mitigate burnout ailments specifically to those who work with sexual abusers. She hopes to continue to advance her skillset in administration, help shape and support the goals of those she teaches, and add to the field of research as it pertains to mental health.

Eric Hickey, PhD
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.

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

Dan Powers, ACSW, LCSW, LSOTP 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 oversees all professional services offered to victims of child abuse and family violence as well as their non-offending family members. Mr. Powers 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 and has been appointed by the governor on two occasions to state agency boards addressing sex offender treatment and violent sex offender management. Mr. Powers is the past chairman and current member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force and has been a member of the Texas Statewide Multidisciplinary Team. A nationally recognized expert and speaker in the areas of sex offenders, the sexual victimization of children, and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse, Mr. Powers is best known for his spirited presentations on wellness and survival for child abuse and family violence professionals.

Anna Salter, PhD

Dr. Salter received her PhD in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University and obtained a master’s degree in child study from Tufts. She was a teaching fellow at both universities. Dr. Salter has lived in Madison, Wisconsin since 1996 and consults half time to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

In addition, she lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims throughout the United States and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England. In all, she has conducted trainings in 50 states and 10 countries. Dr. Salter also evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment proceedings and other purposes.

Jill D. Stinson, PhD, LCP
East Tennessee State University

Dr. Jill D. Stinson’s research focuses on sex offenders with serious mental illness, personality disorders, self-regulatory problems, and histories of early childhood maltreatment, as well as issues related to sex offender community re-entry, stigma, and suicidality. Dr. Stinson has authored three books related to sex offender etiology, treatment, and motivation to engage in therapy.

She serves as an Associate Editor for ATSA’s official journal, Sexual Abuse, and has been on the Professional Issues Committee, Public Policy Committee, Membership Committee, and several Conference Planning Committees for ATSA, with an appointment of Co-Chair for the 2020 ATSA Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Stinson is a licensed psychologist and an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training at East Tennessee State University.

Concurrent Speakers

Denise Baker, LSCW-S, LSOTP-S
Open Door Counseling and Assessment Services, PLLC

Denise Baker has been a licensed social worker for approximately 30 years and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment provider for approximately 15 years. She co-founded Open Door Counseling and Assessment Services in Denton, Texas where she practiced for 10 years and until she retired from the practice. She continues to train, teach and testify when she is not on the back of her horse.

Wendy Biesemeier, MS, CAS

Wendy Biesemeier received her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2013 from California Coast University. Ms. Biesemeier has worked in the counseling field including psychotherapy, treatment planning, case management, and victim advocacy. As the Director of Operations, she consults on agency management and the development of best practices. Ms. Biesemeier provides regular training and focus groups for various offender management & behavioral health organizations.

Janice Church, PhD
University of Arkansas

Janice K. Church, PhD is a Psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. She is the Assistant Director of the Family Treatment Program and Adolescent Sexual Adjustment Project at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Church received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville. She has conducted numerous workshops on child maltreatment issues at the state, national, and international levels. She is active in state and national professional organizations, particularly those with a focus on child abuse. She is a national trainer for Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and is the current President of Arkansas ATSA.

Grace Edoho-Ukwa, PhD, LPC-S, LSOTP
Open Door Counseling and Assessment Services, PLLC

Dr. Grace Edoho-ukwa has been a licensed professional counselor for 10 years and a licensed Sex Offender Treatment provider for three years. She founded Refined Strength Counseling in 2017, and later joined Open Door Counseling and Assessment Services and became a partner in 2019. She has remained in private practice and provides supervision for LPC-Interns. Dr. Edoho-Ukwa also volunteers at the Light House for New Hope in Mesquite Texas, as a Counselor/Grief Facilitator providing grief support for the center.

Paul Hamilton, PhD

Dr. Hamilton achieved his Master of Art’s degree in Psychology in 1977 and worked as a master’s level psychologist for 19 years.  He returned to school and achieved his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in 1996.  He is licensed in Texas as a Psychologist and a Sex Offender Treatment Provider.  He is listed as a registrant with the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.  Dr. Hamilton has been in independent private practice since 1997.  He has 43 years of experience in providing psychological services including psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, and neuropsychological evaluations.  Dr. Hamilton has given deposition and courtroom testimony for both civil and criminal trials.  He has been deposed and testified in court as an expert witness in Civil Commitment trials.   

Dr. Hamilton is the former Program Director for the University of Houston – Victoria’s Forensic Psychology Master’s Degree program. He is now semi-retired, but continues to work with local criminal defense attorneys, provides intake assessment for Gulf Bend Center Intellectual Developmental Disability clients, and performs Behavior Abnormality Assessments for Texas’s Civil Commitment program.

James Hinderks, PhD

Dr. Hinderks received his PhD in astrophysics from Stanford University in 2005 where his research involved measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background at the South Pole. After graduating, Dr. Hinderks has continued his research at NASA Goddard as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Hinderks is now bringing his years of technical experience to the counseling industry.

Paul Hoard, PhD, LCPC, CSAYC
The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology

Dr. Paul Hoard is a licensed counselor who holds a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. A “third culture kid,” he was raised in Ankara, Turkey and has provided mental health counseling and clinical supervision in the United States, Ukraine, and Turkey. His research and scholarly work primarily focuses on the intersection of perpetration trauma, sexuality, white-body supremacy, and adolescent mental health. Prior to joining the faculty at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Dr. Hoard taught at MidAmerica Nazarene University in the Master of Arts in Counseling program. He has also taught courses overseas at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Hoard teaches courses focused on human growth and development, human sexuality, children and adolescents, research, and social and cultural foundations.

John Kubis, MEd, LPC-S, LSOTP-S, NCC
Family Service Center of Galveston County

John Kubis serves 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 New York City area.

Janet Latham
Sex Offender Program Specialist
Texas Civil Commitment Office

Janet Latham currently works for the Texas Civil Commitment Office, as a Sex Offender Program Specialist.  The Texas Civil Commitment Office provides treatment and supervision to Sexually Violent Predators who have been civilly committed.  Ms. Latham retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Parole Division, where she worked for almost 25 years.  Ms. Latham supervised a sex offender caseload and later became the Sex Offender Program Supervisor for the Parole Division.  Ms. Latham participated in the Risk Assessment Review Committee, which selected the Static 99 and later the Static 99R risk assessment as the sex offender screening tool that is currently being used in the State of Texas.  She also participated on the committee that adapted the Static 99/Static 99R Scoring Guide for Texas.  She also served as the Executive Director for the Council on Sex Offender Treatment, which at that time oversaw the Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment program.  Ms. Latham has worked in criminal justice and worked with sex offender for over 31 years.  

Rick Morris, MS, LMHC
Family and Adolescent Counseling Services

Rick Morris specializes with youth experiencing maladaptive sexual behaviors with evaluation and treatment. Rick received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Mr. Morris is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), National Adolescent Perpetration Network (NAPN), current President of the Florida Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (FATSA), the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and he is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Professional (CSOTP). The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) awarded Rick the Diplomate and Clinical Mental Counseling Specialist in Child and Adolescent.

Aaron Pierce, PhD

Dr. Pierce is a forensic mental health expert providing services to defense and state attorneys throughout Texas and nationwide. He has been providing services for 26 years, primarily in the areas of sex offender and violent offender treatment and evaluation, mitigation, false allegations of sexual abuse, forensic interview of children and adults, and false confessions. He is intimately familiar with the scientific literature in all of these areas, and he uses that knowledge to assist attorneys in analyzing case information and devising strategies for trial. He assists in the guilt/innocence phase of trial, as well as the punishment phase. In guilt/innocence, his expertise is crucial in assisting with cross-examination of opposing counsel’s witnesses, providing rebuttal testimony, and also testimony specific to his findings in your case. In punishment, he can provide testimony about offender characteristics, assessment results, and prognosis. 

Stephen Thorne, PhD, PLLC

Dr. Thorne is a licensed psychologist in Austin, Texas, where he performs psychological, child custody, and forensic evaluations in a private practice setting.  Dr. Thorne has testified, at either deposition or in court, approximately 700 times, including in both state and federal courts.  In relation, Dr. Thorne has testified about a variety of issues, including those relating to civil commitment of sex offenders, risk assessment, sexual recidivism, domestic violence, stress response, competency to stand trial, sanity, sentencing, mental retardation/intellectual disability, trauma, brain development, psychiatric diagnoses and impairment, the relationship between child pornography consumption and sexual offending, transfer to adult court, child custody, and a variety of different issues relating to child sexual abuse allegations.  Dr. Thorne has performed evaluations and/or consulted in cases at the request of prosecuting agencies, defense attorneys, probation officers, law enforcement (and emergency responder) agencies, guardian ad litems, academic institutions, various state licensing boards, and judges.  Dr. Thorne has also co-authored journal articles and book chapters addressing forensic issues, served as a consultant for multiple states agencies, taught graduate-level courses in group therapy and psychological assessment, spoken at various continuing education conferences/seminars, and has supervised doctoral students seeking training in the area of forensic psychology. 

Darrel Turner, PhD
Turner Forensic Psychology and Consultation

Dr. Turner received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Forensic Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He has published and continues to publish numerous research articles and book chapters on risk assessment of sex offenders, risk assessment tools, child sex offender and victim behaviors, risk assessment of child pornography offenders, and juror perceptions and decision making in sex offense cases. He worked for a period of time at the United States Penitentiary at Pollock, Louisiana, in the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a staff psychologist. Currently, Dr. Turner is in private practice. He works throughout the nation as an expert witness for attorneys in various state and Federal Courts and as a consultant with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and media on the topics of victim behavior in child sex offenses (e.g., reasons for delays in disclosure, reasons why victims may appear “attached” to their offenders) as well as offender characteristics such as grooming of child victims, self-grooming, grooming of the environment, assessment if risk, and detection of offenders. He works as a contract psychologist with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice conducting Behavioral Abnormality Assessments for Texas’s Civil Commitment program.

Seth Wescott, MS, Licensed Masters Level Psychologist
Counterpoise Wellness

Mr. Wescott is a Licensed Master’s Level Psychologist and has been working with individuals with problematic sexual behaviors since 2002. He has worked in maximum security prisons for both adults and juveniles as well as various community-based settings. In private practice, Mr. Wescott conducts pre-disposition and pre-adjudication psychosexual evaluations of adults and adolescents. He serves as Co-chair of the ATSA Public Policy Committee, and is a member of the ATSA Adult Clinical Practice Committee. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Rockhurst University, and an Adjunct Professor of Counseling at Mid-America Nazarene University.

Patricia Wilcox, MSW, LCSW
Klingberg Family Centers

Patricia Wilcox, LCSW, Vice President Strategic Development, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, Connecticut specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She created the Restorative Approach™ , a trauma- and relationship-based treatment. She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection® and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work and the University of St. Joseph’s. She trains internationally on trauma-informed care.. She was the 2011 Connecticut Social Worker of the Year. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach (NEARI Press).

Karen Boyd Worley, PhD
University of Arkansas

Karen Boyd Worley, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist. She received her doctoral training at Texas Tech University. She is a Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Worley is the Director of the Family Treatment Program, which provides treatment for families in which there has been sexual abuse. She is also the Director of the Adolescent Sexual Adjustment Project, which provides outpatient assessment and treatment for adolescents who have committed illegal sexual behaviors. Dr. Worley is active on a number of state boards addressing child abuse issues, provides statewide training and consultation, and has several publications on child maltreatment.