May 12-14, 2008
13th Annual Conference
Holiday Inn Saratoga
232 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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  a NYS Chapter of the Association
for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  a NYS Alliance of Sex Offender
Service Providers Conference

Sponsored by NYS Office of Sex Offender Management

Sex Offender Management In The Twenty-First Century:
Seeking Balance In An Age Of Reaction

 

Monday, May 12, 2008
8:00 – 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 5:00pm Pre-Conference Seminars

I.  New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) Current Activities
Jane McEwen, Director NYSCASA

II.   The Utility and Validity of Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing
Eric J. Holden, M.A., Behavioral Measures & Forensic Services Southwest, Inc.

III. Sex Offender Management 101: Current Perspectives in the Treatment of      Adult Sex Offenders
David D’Amora, M.S.  

IV. One Size Fits All:  A Recipe for Failure in the Management, Assessment and Treatment Of Youth Who Abuse Sexually
Steve Bengis, Ed.D., LCSW 

V.  Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II (JSOAP-II) Training
Robert Prentky, Ph.D.  

12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch (on your own)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
8:00 – 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15am

Welcome and Announcements
Richard Hamill, Ph.D., President, NYSASOSP
Tim Gordon, Member, NYS Assembly

9:15 – 10:30am                      

Keynote Address
Empirically-Based Strategies for Sex Offender Management: A National Perspective on What Works                                            
Jeffrion Aubry, Member, NYS Assembly

10:30 – 10:45am Break
10:45 – 12:15pm                     Workshops – Session 1

1.  Polygraph Use with Sex Offenders
Eric J. Holden, M.A., Behavioral Measures & Forensic Services Southwest, Inc.

2.   The Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act: One Year After Implementation
Dawne Amsler, M.A., NYS Office of Sex Offender Management
Rich Miralgia, LCSW, NYS Office of Mental Health
Steve Whitbeck, NYS Division of Parole
Edwin Elfeldt, NYS Department of Correctional Services
Roger Canaff, Esq., NYS Office of the Attorney General

3. Evaluation of Juvenile Sex Offenders
Robert Prentky, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University  

4. Community Based Treatment for Adolescents
William Moon, MPA, Commissioner, Delaware County Department of Social Services  

12:30 – 1:45pm Awards Luncheon
1:45 – 3:15pm                          Workshops – Session 2

5. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals Convicted of Internet Crimes Against Children
Richard Krueger, M.D., Medical Director, Sexual Behavior Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Meg S. Kaplan, Ph.D., Sexual Behavior Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute

6. Rensselaer County Reentry Task Force and Sex Offender Prison Releasees
Bill Payne, M.A., Coordinator, Rensselaer County Reentry Task Force, Upstate Vice-President Reentry Association of New York
Lisa Smith, Director, Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program for Rensselaer County

7. Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders
Robert Prentky, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University

8. “They Don’t All Seem To Be Paying Attention…”: The Difference in Offender Learning Abilities
Sharon Ackley, LMSW, Mid Erie Counseling & Treatment Services
Kenneth J. Duszynski, M.Ed, CRC, Forensic Director, Mid Erie Counseling & Treatment Services

3:15 – 3:30pm               Break
3:30 – 5:00pm                                       Workshops – Session 3

9. Expressive Therapies with Adolescents Who Sexually Harm
Kristine Pink, M.S., Snell Farm Children’s Center, Hillside Family of Agencies
Stephanie Somppi, ATR-BC, LCAT, Snell Farm Children’s Center, Hillside Family of Agencies

10. Medication Treatment of Paraphilias and Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Richard Krueger, M.D., Medical Director, Sexual Behavior, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Meg S. Kaplan, Ph.D., Sexual Behavior Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute

11. Treatment Out-of-the-Box
Linda Troutman-Zelows, LMSW, NYS Office of Mental Health

12. Adult Sex Offender Risk Assessment “201”
Dawne Amsler, M.A., NYS Office of Sex Offender Management
Jami Krueger, M.A., NYS Office of Sex Offender Management

13. Establishing and Operating a Private Practice: Sex Offender Treatment Program
Richard Hamill, Ph.D., Forensic Mental Health Associates
Joe Sangaline, Padgett Business Systems
Amy Sangaline, LCSW, Forensic Mental Health Associates

5:00 – 7:30pm Reception
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
8:00 – 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30am                   Welcome Address 
10:30am – 12:15pm Keynote Address
12:15 – 2:00pm         Lunch (on your own)
2:00 – 4:30pm                                       Workshops – Session 4

1. Best Practice for Criminal Investigations and Criminal Supervision of Sex Offenders
William Connors, B.S., Albany County Probation Department
Carol Casale, B.S., Albany County Probation Department
Frank Cangiano, MPA, Albany County Probation Department
Kristin McCabe, MBA, Albany County Probation Department

2. Article 10 – Civil Confinement in NYS: A Look at Implementation to Date
Terri Maxymillian, Psy.D., NYS Office of Mental Health, Central New York Psychiatric Center
Mary Owen, LCSW-R, NYS Office of Mental Health, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center

3. Researching Sex Offenders: A Workshop on Conceptualizing and Implementing Sex Offender Research Projects
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D., Public Safety Canada

4.. Using the Multidimensional Inventory of Development, Sex, and Aggression to Assess Juveniles who Sexually Offend
Raymond A. Knight, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Judith Sims-Knight, Ph.D., Brandeis University

5.. A Strength-Based and Restorative Model for Youth and Their Families
Jeanne McClung, LCSW, Clinical Project Manager, Hillside Family of Agencies
Howard Adler, LCSW, Clinical Director, Snell Farm Children’s Center
Andrew Baker, B.A, Center Supervisor, Hillside Children’s

I.    New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) Current Activities
Jane McEwen, Director NYSCASA

OSOM: Victim Services - Luke Martland, Director NYS Office of Sex Offender Management

In March 2007, Luke Martland was appointed Director of the newly-created Office of Sex Offender Management (OSOM) within the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.  OSOM is charged with a broad range of duties, including advising the Governor and legislature on the most effective ways to address sex offender issues; coordinating and recommending policy and interagency initiatives in this area; establishing standards and guidelines concerning the assessment, treatment and supervision of offenders; acting as an advocate for victims; training law enforcement personnel, judges, and attorneys; and developing and implementing campaigns of public awareness and sex offense prevention. Before becoming Director of OSOM, Luke worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Attorney General’s Office from 2002 to 2007.  He worked in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, handling matters ranging from financial investigations to defending the constitutionality of New York State’s death penalty statute, and also served as Section Chief of the office’s Federal Habeas Corpus Section.   Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Luke worked at the Center for Appellate Litigation and the New York County District Attorney’s office.
Jane McEwen is the Executive Director of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA).   She has spent over twenty years in the management of non profits and looks forward to working toward the resolution of violence against women, children and men at NYSCASA.  Jane has led NFP’s in NYS and CT, working to improve the lives of those with mental health and developmental disabilities, improving opportunities for jobs and developing social programs for men, women and the elderly. Jane has helped establish affirmative industries (social entrepreneurship) for the hard to place.  Jane has held leadership positions in ZONTA, an NGO working to advance the status of women throughout the world and has participated in projects to end violence against women on the national scene. Jane is currently District 2 Ambassador parts of NY and Canada to the ZONTA Foundation.  Jane is excited to meet the members of NYSATSA/NYSASOSP and looks forward to a long, successful collaboration to improve the lives of all citizens in NYS. 

Fundraising: Save Yourself!  - Karen Macier, TC3Foundation Director

Karen is a college professor and fundraising professional who has taught fund raising, PR and marketing classes.   She has designed successful events, designed and led large capital campaigns and received large amounts…in the millions of dollars… in fund raising. The development of friends who believe in your mission may be the most important thing you do when fund raising.   You never know when someone will give up some of their hard earned cash!    Karen understands the plight of non profits and has implemented a number of successful programs.  Karen is fun and informative.    Come and learn what you might do to raise unencumbered funds for your non profit.
       
II.   The Utility and Validity of Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing
Eric J. Holden, M.A., Behavioral Measures & Forensic Services Southwest, Inc.

Mr. Holden is President of Behavioral Measures & Forensic Services Southwest, Inc. and the Behavioral Measures Institute in Dallas, Texas. He has been a Texas licensed polygraph examiner for 34 years, and is licensed in other states as well. Mr. Holden received his M.A. degree from Baylor University and B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, both in psychology, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas. He is Past-President of the American Polygraph Association (APA) and the Texas Association of Polygraph Examiners (TAPE). He is active in the American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP), the Society for Psycho-physiological Research (SPR), and other professional associations. He began his career as a psychologist with the Texas Department of Corrections and served as a psychometrist for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. He is a frequent consultant throughout the criminal justice system. Mr. Holden chaired the committee that drafted guidelines for Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT) in Texas and is instrumental in developing post-conviction (PCSOT) guidelines in other states and for the APA. Currently, he holds the position of Adjunct Faculty-special programs, with the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (DACA, formerly DoDPI), Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and teaches professionals throughout the United States and other countries. He has qualified for expert testimony in State and Federal Court. Mr. Holden is published in the fields of polygraph and criminal behavior, and has been the recipient of many state and national awards for his contributions to his field, including twice the APA's President's award; twice the APA's Leonarde Keeler Award; The John E. Reid Award from the APA for  distinguished achievements in polygraph research, teaching, and writing, and the Max Wastl Award from the AAPP for significant contributions to the polygraph profession. In 1996 TAPE honored him with the President's Award for outstanding achievements and long term contributions to the polygraph profession. Currently he chairs the APA- PCSOT Committee, an international effort to develop and refine a standard model with guidelines for PCSOT testing.     
  

III. Sex Offender Management 101: Current Perspectives in the Treatment of      Adult Sex Offenders
David D’Amora, M.S.               

David D’Amora, M.S., LPC, CFC has been treating sexual abuse for thirty years. He has worked with adult and juvenile sexual offenders, as well as developmentally disabled sexual offenders.  Mr. D’Amora is Vice President of Agency Programs for The Connection, Inc. and Center Director of Special Services: The Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior of The Connection, Inc, located in Middletown, Connecticut.  The Center is a statewide program funded by the Court Support Services Division (Judicial), Department of Correction, Departments of Mental Health, Children and Families, and Mental Retardation. The Center provides 90 adult sex offender treatment groups a week in 18 locations and has an average client census of 800 adult clients and 50 juvenile clients.

Mr. D’Amora is a Clinical Member and Past President of the Connecticut Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders. He is a Clinical Member of the international Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and is a past member of the ATSA Board of Directors. He is the immediate past Chair of the Public Policy Committee has been involved in the development of the organization’s policy statements on juvenile sexual offender treatment, civil commitment and community notification. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services. 

Mr. D’Amora served on the 1994 Connecticut Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Violence, the 2000 and 2002 Governor’s Sex Offender Policy and Certification Committee and the State Police Internet Sex Offender Task Force. Mr. D’Amora also currently serves as a member of Connecticut’s Risk Assessment Board, a  consultant with the Center for Sex Offender Management in Silver Spring, MD, and has provided training for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), and the National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA – American Prosecutor’s Research Institute).

Mr. D’Amora is co-author of several articles including: Partnering in Response to Sexual Violence: How Offender Treatment and Victim Advocacy Can Work Together in Response to Sexual Violence (Sexual Abuse Journal), Social Policies Designed to Prevent Sexual Violence: The Emperor’s New Clothes? (Criminal Justice Policy Review), An Ethical Paradigm for Sex Offender Treatment (Western Criminology Review) and Megan’s Law and its Impact on Community Re-Entry for Sex Offenders (Behavioral Sciences and the Law). He is co-author of the chapter on Understanding Sexual Offenders used in the Connecticut Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner’s published textbook and was a member of the 6-person team that developed the national Comprehensive Assessment Protocol for Management of Sexual Offenders developed by the National Institute of Justice.
This pre-conference workshop will focus on the fundamentals of quality sex offender management. Current thinking on the development of collaborative community relationships will be discussed as well as the role of assessment and treatment in a comprehensive management approach. An outline of the necessary components required to develop collaborative relationships will be presented and the development of working relationships between supervisors, treatment providers and other key stakeholders will be presented and the day will conclude with suggestions about developing collaborative case management processes.

 
IV. One Size Fits All:  A Recipe for Failure in the Management, Assessment and Treatment Of Youth Who Abuse Sexually
Steve Bengis, Ed.D., LCSW                    

Steven Bengis is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer in the adolescent sex abuse specific field.  Since 1985, he has offered workshops and keynoted conferences in over twenty-five states, in Israel, throughout Canada and in New Zealand.  He is a former member of the National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending, President of the Massachusetts Adolescent Sexual Offender Coalition, Inc. and principal facilitator of the recently published Standards of Care For Youth In Sex Offense-Specific Residential Programs. He is author of several articles and book chapters and a monograph entitled: "A Comprehensive Service Delivery System with a Continuum of Care for Adolescent Sexual Offenders", published by Safer Society Press.

Together with his wife, Penny Cuninggim, Ed.D., he founded and currently serves as Executive Director of the New England Adolescent Research Institute, Inc. (NEARI) in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  NEARI administers: 1) a day school that provides special education services to severely emotionally disturbed, behaviorally disordered and learning disabled youth, 2) an early intervention after-school program, “Jumpstart”, for highly at-risk primarily Latino youth; 3) the NEARI Press, a publishing company specializing in both sex abuse-specific and educational and intervention resources for work with “at-risk youth”; and 4) a training and consulting center. 

Dr. Bengis holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts, is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked as a therapist both privately and in outpatient, residential and school settings.

Beginning in the mid 1980's, the management and treatment of youth who sexually abuse has evolved from a "one size fits all" adult cognitive behavioral model to a research/evidence-based and individualized approach. This workshop will take participants through the evolution of the field, exploring relevant research, differential diagnostics, the principles of risk management and risk assessment and holistic treatment approaches based on developmental realities of youth.  The workshop will also explore the relevance of some of the latest thinking in applied neuroscience and its impact on the way we manage and treat youth. 

V.  Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II (JSOAP-II) Training
Robert Prentky, Ph.D.      

Dr. Prentky teaches in the School of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is Director of the MA Program in Forensic Psychology. He has practiced as a forensic psychologist for the past 25 years, and in that capacity assessed or supervised the assessment of over 2,000 sexual offenders. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on 14 state and federal grants and served as an ad hoc reviewer for 17 professional journals. He has chaired two conferences on sexual offenders for the New York Academy of Sciences (1988 & 2002). He has presented several hundred times in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Israel, and published 80+ papers / chapters and five books. He was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (2003) and the Association for Psychological Science (2006).  
The Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II (J-SOAP-II) is a 23-item checklist aimed at identifying risk factors associated with sexual and criminal offending. It is designed to be used with boys in the age range of 12 to 18 who have been adjudicated for sexual offenses, as well as non-adjudicated youths with a history of sexually coercive behavior. This full-day session will provide participants an opportunity to be trained in the administration of this instrument by one of its original developers. The session will teach participants how to score and interpret the results of the J-SOAP-II as well as how to implement this assessment instrument into practice. Additionally, this session will provide information regarding the development and validation of the J-SOAP-II. Ideas for communicating risk assessment results and utilizing risk assessment results to formulate treatment plans will also be presented.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Empirically-Based Strategies for Sex Offender Management: A National Perspective on What Works
Jeffrion Aubry, Member, NYS Assembly

Since 1992, Jeffrion Aubry has represented the citizens of Queens County (35th A.D.) in the New York State Assembly.  As the Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Correction, he has been a tireless advocate for the improvement of our New York State criminal justice system.  In January 2007, Assemblyman Aubry served as the co-chair of a conference entitled National Legislative Briefing on Sex Offender Management Policy(Little Rock, AK), which was designed specifically for policy-makers.

10:45 - 11:15am                           Workshops – Session 1

1. Polygraph Use with Sex Offenders                                                      

Additional Information to Follow
            

 Eric J. Holden, M.A., Behavioral Measures & Forensic Services Southwest, Inc.

 2.  The Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act: One Year After Implementation

The Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act was passed by the NYS legislature on March 13, 2007 and enacted April 13, 2007.  An incredible amount of work has been completed since then by agencies responsible for its implementation.  This presentation will detail the implementation of the Act, including an overview of the enhanced treatment provided within the Department of Correctional Services, the treatment provided to confined offenders within OMH Secure Treatment Facilities, the Strict and Intensive Supervision and Treatment model and an overview of the new Office of Sex Offender Management created by this statute.  The challenges and successes associated with implementation, and the lessons learned to date will be discussed.  Participants will learn how this Act may impact their profession and will have a better understanding of how this Act has enhanced community safety and treatment provided to sex offenders.

Workshop demographic: Adults                                                                            Workshop Level: Intermediate

Presenters:
Dawne Amsler, M.A., NYS Office of Sex Offender Management
Rich Miralgia, LCSW, NYS Office of Mental Health
Steve Whitbeck, NYS Division of Parole
Edwin Elfeldt, NYS Department of Correctional Services
Roger Canaff, Esq., NYS Office of the Attorney General

3. Evaluation of Juvenile Sex Offenders

This workshop will address the assessment of juvenile male sex offenders. It will include a review of the common purposes of risk assessment, differing approaches to risk assessment, and evidence-based risk factors associated with juvenile sexual and non-sexual recidivism. Common errors and pitfalls associated with risk assessment of juvenile sex offenders will also be presented.

Workshop Demographics:  Adolescents                                    Workshop Level:  Intermediate

Presenter:
Robert Prentky, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University

4. Community Based Treatment for Adolescents  

   Can adolescent sex offenders that require an out of home placement be safely and effectively treated in a community based program?  Delaware County’s experience indicates that the answer to this question is yes, they can be.  This presentation will look at a community based foster care model that keeps youth in or near their home communities while undergoing appropriate treatment.  The objective is to look at how foster care can be an effective intervention and what array of services is necessary and appropriate.  It is also an objective to evaluate the costs of this model and compare them with other alternatives.

       Workshop Demographics:  Adolescents                                Workshop Level: Beginner, Intermediate

   Presenter:
William Moon, MPA, Commissioner, Delaware County Department of Social Services  

 

 


 

12:30 – 1:45pm
Awards Luncheon
Daily Double

Sex Offender Management: Best Practices in Victim Services
Lisa Smith, Director, Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program
for Rensselaer County
Robin Belansky, Clinical Supervisor, Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center

Despite the common goal of sexual assault victim/offender providers, these two parallel professional communities historically have had little collaboration, discussion, or even contact between them. Over the years, both communities have worked toward better practices and outreach but virtually always independently of each other. The Capital Region of NYS, among others, have been working to bridge the disconnect and distance between the two groups.

Fay Honey Knopp Award: Recipient To Be Announced
This award commemorates the memory of Fay Honey Knopp's life's work and her enduring contribution to the field of sexual abuser treatment through her advocacy, support and vision of compassion and caring in the treatment of individuals who have engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior and through her interest, caring, support and mentoring of individuals taking on the challenge of caring for this clinical population. This Award will be presented to a person studying, working or volunteering in the field of sexual abuser treatment or sexual abuse research whose work exemplifies the qualities and vision of human goodness that Honey brought to the field and whose work and spirit is an inspiration to others.

Marilyn Etcheverry Award: Recipient To Be Announced
The Marilyn Etcheverry Award of Excellence is given annually to the individual who has been identified as having done exemplary work in the field of evaluation and treatment of sex offenders.

 


 

 

      1:45 – 3:15pm                          Workshops – Session 2

5. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals Convicted of Internet Crimes Against Children

There has been a dramatic increase in arrests and convictions of individuals for crimes against children over the Internet, including those involving child pornography and/or coercion or enticement of children via the Internet. Despite this increase, relatively little information is available on such crimes and on the population of individuals convicted of them. Some of these Internet related behaviors are new and unstudied. This workshop will present a comprehensive review of the epidemiology, demographics, and psychopathology of this population. Relevant diagnoses, such as paraphilias and compulsive sexual disorders, will be discussed. Methods of evaluating this population will also be presented, with a focus on instruments used to establish diagnoses and to conduct risk assessments. Treatment recommendations will be discussed.

        Workshop demographic: Adults                                                                          Workshop Level: Advanced

Presenters:
Richard Krueger, M.D., Medical Director, Sexual Behavior Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Meg S. Kaplan, Ph.D., Sexual Behavior Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute

6. Rensselaer County Reentry Task Force and Sex Offender Prison Releasees

Since the beginning of its operations in Rensselaer County two years ago, the Reentry Task Force, operating under a grant from the Division of Criminal Justice Services and with the sponsorship of the District Attorney’s Office, has collaborated with the local the Divison of Parole team of Parole Officers, as well as other Task Force members including the County Sheriff’s Department, the Troy City Police Department, DSS, MH, Probation, sex offense victims advocacy agents, transitional housing and treatment providers and faith-based community organizations to address the very challenging needs of sex offenders, among other offenders, returning to the community from state prison. Housing these offenders in situations where they have an opportunity to successfully transition back into society, and where the community is protected from re-offense has become an increasingly critical and difficult task. This presentation will recount the efforts of the Task Force to meet this challenge and explore future innovations and plans to address the needs of the community and the offenders.

        Workshop demographic: Adults                                                                          Workshop Level: Intermediate

       Presenter:
Bill Payne, M.A., Coordinator, Rensselaer County Reentry Task Force, Upstate Vice-President Reentry Association of New York
Lisa Smith, Director, Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program for Rensselaer County

7. Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders

This session will provide practical information and strategies for treating juvenile sex offenders. More specifically, it will help participants learn about “what works” in effective treatment approaches for juvenile sex offenders, models of evidence-based programs, and how risk assessment tools can be used to inform treatment goals and progress.

        Workshop demographic: Adolescents                                                                   Workshop Level: Intermediate

Presenter:
Robert Prentky, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University

 8. “They Don’t All Seem To Be Paying Attention…”: The Difference in Offender Learning Abilities

Offenders come into treatment with all types of skills and challenges. Specifically, a large number come with secondary deficits that affect their ability to learn. These disabilities include traditional learning disabilities, mild mental retardation, head injuries, neurological impairments and secondary symptoms due to mental illness. In all cases their ability to learn treatment related materials, in a cognitive behavioral environment is challenged. Their meaningful participation in treatment is also compromised. This workshop will seek to provide mechanisms to identify these individuals during initial assessment and provide treatment in an appropriate and meaningful manner.

Workshop demographic: Adults                                                                            Workshop Level: Intermediate

Presenter:
Sharon Ackley, LMSW, Mid Erie Counseling & Treatment Services
Kenneth J. Duszynski, M.Ed, CRC, Forensic Director, Mid Erie Counseling & Treatment Services

 

3:15 – 3:30pm              Break

 

3:30 – 5:00pm              Workshops – Session 3

9. Expressive Therapies with Adolescents Who Sexually Harm    

This workshop will use case vignettes and practical examples of how expressive arts therapies can be used to assist youth who have experienced past trauma and have shown sexualized behaviors. As part of understanding the youth’s pattern of harm to others, it is necessary to understand his own thoughts, feelings and behaviors, including those colored by his own trauma. The bad experiences in life can be explored through the expressive therapies modalities. At times, these memories and feelings are more readily accessed through art making, story-telling, projective experientials, sand tray and therapeutic play. Poetry writing, prose, music, drama and drumming are also expressive arts that have the ability to access this traumatic material. A multi-sensory experiential addressing traumatic experience will also be offered voluntarily within the workshop.

Workshop demographic: Adolescents and their families                                           Workshop Level: All

Presenters:
Kristine Pink, M.S., Snell Farm Children’s Center, Hillside Family of Agencies
Stephanie Somppi, ATR-BC, LCAT, Snell Farm Children’s Center, Hillside Family of Agencies

10. Medication Treatment of Paraphilias and Compulsive Sexual Behavior     

There is a substantial evidence base supporting the use of psychopharmacological treatment of individuals with paraphilias and compulsive sexual behavior.  This workshop will offer a comprehensive review of such literature, including reports of hormonal manipulation from the last century and the use of more contemporary agents.  Limitations of this evidence base and ethical considerations will be discussed.  The effects and side effects of such treatment will be presented.  Treatment recommendations will be offered.

Workshop demographic: Adults                                                                            Workshop Level: Advanced

Presenters:
Richard Krueger, M.D., Medical Director, Sexual Behavior, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Meg S. Kaplan, Ph.D., Sexual Behavior Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute

 11. Treatment Out-of-the-Box  
This workshop will be based on giving treatment providers a chance to learn alternative treatment techniques by using mainstream media sources rather than traditional “therapy” driven resources. It will also work to help facilitators draw on their own experiences to think out-of-the-box when providing treatment to sex offenders. The secondary goal of this session is for providers to feel more comfortable using different treatment techniques within their own setting. Each participant will be encouraged to work on a plan of how to improve treatment delivery that will get their population to engage in therapy and to work on the individual needs of the participants.

Workshop Demographics:  Combined                                          Workshop Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Presenter:
Linda Troutman-Zelows, LMSW, NYS Office of Mental Health

12.    Adult Sex Offender Risk Assessment “201”
This workshop will allow attendees to have an understanding of why risk assessment is important in sex offender management. It will also provide an understanding of common risk factors related to sexual recidivism, identify the variables used in the Static-99, RRASOR, MnSOST-R and Stable/Acute 2007 and the populations they can be used on, and interpret scores of Static-99, RRASOR, MnSOST-R and Stable/Acute 2007. Finally, attendees will learn where to obtain the specialized training needed to administer these instruments.  Research on the validity, reliability and admissibility of these instruments and their coding manuals will be provided to workshop participants for future reference.

Workshop Demographics:  Adult                                     Workshop Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Presenters:
Dawne Amsler, M.A., NYS Office of Sex Offender Management
Jami Krueger, M.A., NYS Office of Sex Offender Management

13. Establishing and Operating a Private Practice: Sex Offender Treatment Program  

Many sex offender treatment providers are well-trained in mental health practices, but know little about running a small business.  Dr. Hamill will describe a phased strategy for developing a sex offender treatment program, and the types of internal policies that help it operate smoothly.  The presenters will describe then various strategies for keeping the business in compliance with state and federal laws, and for maintaining the financial aspects of a private practice.

Workshop Demographics:  Adult                                     Workshop Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Presenters:
Richard Hamill, Ph.D., Forensic Mental Health Associates
Joe Sangaline, Padgett Business Systems
Amy Sangaline, LCSW, Forensic Mental Health Associates

 

WELCOME RECEPTION
Everyone Welcome

5:00 – 7:30pm
Music Provided by Kevin McKrell (starting at 5:30pm)

Kevin McKrell has been a founding member of some very popular bands including the Irish Folk group Donnybrook Fair, and his namesake Celtic Bluegrass band The McKrells. Kevin has appeared on the stage of Carnegie Hall to standing ovations, and has shared other stages around the world with the likes of the Furey Brothers, The Battlefield Band, Altan, The Kingston Trio, Mary Black, Solas, Travis Tritt, Lonestar, Allison Krause, and Sam Bush, to name a few. He has performed at some of the top Irish, Bluegrass and Folk Festivals both in US and international venues. His songs have been recorded and performed by many groups, including Irish favorites The Furey Brothers and Seamus Kennedy, Scottish favorites North Sea Gas, Irish American mega band Hair of the Dog, The Woods Tea Company, Saint James Gate, Pat McKernan from Australia and most recently folk giants The Kingston Trio. Kevin is also a portrait painter and stone carver whose work can be seen on this website, www.kmckrell.com. He is currently working on a book about growing up Catholic.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

  


8:00 – 9:00am                     Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30am                   Welcome Address 
Luke Martland, Director, NYS Office of Sex Offender Management
Robert Maccarone, Executive Director, NYS Division of Probation
and Correctional Alternatives

In March 2007 Luke Martland was appointed Director of the newly-created Office of Sex Offender Management (OSOM) within the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.  OSOM is charged with a broad ranged of duties, including advising the Governor and legislature on the most effective ways to address sex offender issues; coordinating and recommending policy and interagency initiatives in this area; establishing standards and guidelines concerning the assessment, treatment and supervision of offenders; acting as an advocate for victims; training law enforcement personnel, judges, and attorneys;  and developing and implementing campaigns of public awareness and sex offense prevention. Before becoming Director of OSOM, Luke worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Attorney General’s office from 2002 to 2007.  He worked in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, handling matters ranging from financial investigations to defending the constitutionality of New York’s death penalty statute, and also served as Section Chief of the office’s Federal Habeas Corpus Section.   Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office Luke worked at the Center for Appellate Litigation and the New York County District Attorney’s office.

On January 11, 2007, Governor Eliot Spitzer announced he would nominateRobert M. Maccarone to serve as Director of the Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. Mr. Maccarone was the State Director of the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. Previously, he served as Executive Deputy Director of the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives from 2002 to 2005. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Maccarone was the Deputy Bureau Chief and Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Economic Crimes Bureau of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. He has also served as Deputy Commissioner in the Westchester County Department of Correction from 1995 to 1997 and as Director of Criminal Justice Services in the Westchester County Office of Criminal Justice Services from 1977 to 1997. Mr. Maccarone received both his B.A. and M.A. from Fordham University and his J.D. from PACE University Law School.

10:30am – 12:15pm            KEYNOTE ADDRESS

What Works: Effective Interventions with Sex Offenders
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D.

Dr. Hanson is one of the leading researchers in the field of sexual offender risk assessment and treatment. He has published more than 100 articles, including several highly influential reviews, and has developed the most widely used risk assessment tool for sexual offenders (Static-99). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the 2002 recipient of Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders.   

 

2:00 – 4:30pm                   Workshops – Session 4

  1. Best Practice for Criminal Investigations and Criminal Supervision of Sex Offenders

Albany County Probation Department supervises approximately 75 registered sex offenders.  The sex offender unit is comprised of one supervisor, two supervision Officers, and one investigation/GPS supervision Officer, all of whom have received specialized training. Investigation Stage:  Once an offender is convicted of a sex offense the sentencing court orders a Pre-Sentence Investigation Report. The investigating Officer gathers information pertaining to the offender and interviews the offender using a worksheet specialized for sex offenders and further provides the court risk information utilizing the Static-99.  This information is compiled to create the Pre-Sentence Investigation Report, in which a sentence recommendation is provided to the Court.  Supervision Stage: Once an offender has been sentenced to Probation, a Probation Officer meets with the offender to review his Order and Conditions.  This Officer develops a case plan and the appropriate referrals are made concerning treatment, housing, and/or financial assistance.  Supervision consists of meeting with the offender in the office as well as in the community.  Interagency collaboration is crucial in supervising the offender in the community.  In Albany County one Officer co-facilitates a weekly sex offender treatment group. Probation Officers will present investigation and supervision techniques, which also include computer examination using Linux, GPS Programming and treatment collaboration as co-facilitator.

Workshop demographic: Adults                                                                            Workshop Level: Intermediate

Presenters:
William Connors, B.S., Albany County Probation Department
Carol Casale, B.S., Albany County Probation Department
Frank Cangiano, MPA, Albany County Probation Department
Kristin McCabe, MBA, Albany County Probation Department

2. Article 10 – Civil Confinement in NYS: A Look at Implementation to Date

This presentation will focus on how Sex Offender Treatment Facilities in New York State have developed treatment for sex offenders who have been confined under Article 10 because they have been determined too dangerous for even strict and intensive treatment in the community.  The session will explain the structure and mechanisms created for delivering treatment to individuals who have a spectrum of diagnoses and capabilities.  We will review the Phases of Treatment and how program goals are integrated into empirical treatment approaches for this population.  The goals of the session are to (1) deliver basic information on the Sex Offender Treatment Program goals and structure; and (2) to identify specialized approaches for various populations.

Workshop demographic: Adults                                                                            Workshop Level: Beginner/ Intermediate

Presenters:
Terri Maxymillian, Psy.D., NYS Office of Mental Health, Central New York Psychiatric Center
Mary Owen, LCSW-R, NYS Office of Mental Health, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center

3.           Researching Sex Offenders: A Workshop on Conceptualizing and Implementing Sex Offender Research Projects
This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to work with one of the leading experts in sex offender research. Dr. Hanson will walk participants through how to conceptualize and implement sex offender research projects, from what data to collect to what analytical approaches work best. The workshop will address strategies for researchers to deal with some of some common limitations of sex offender research (e.g., based on official reports, low base-rates of sexual recidivism) and will afford participants the chance to pose research questions to Dr. Hanson. 

Workshop demographic: Adults                                                                            Workshop Level:  Intermediate/Advanced

Presenter:
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D., Public Safety Canada 

4.          Using the Multidimensional Inventory of Development, Sex, and Aggression to Assess Juveniles who Sexually Offend             
The Multidimensional Inventory of Development, Sex, and Aggression (the MIDSA) is a computerized, contingency based inventory that has been created to assess the developmental histories and current behaviors, attitudes, and cognitions of both adult and juvenile sexual offenders. The workshop will introduce this new assessment instrument. First, the history of the construction of the MIDSA will be discussed. Second, a brief demonstration of the administration of the major components of the current version of the MIDSA will be presented. Third, all of the components of the report generated by the MIDSA will be illustrated using real cases that have been altered to hide the identity of the respondents. In addition to descriptions of respondents’ answers to specific questions, the MIDSA provides 54 scales in which the offenders’ scores are presented in the context of community controls and age appropriate (juvenile or adult) sexual offender standardization samples. The clinical implications of the MIDSA report will be discussed.
Workshop Demographics:  Adolescents                           Workshop Level: Beginner, Intermediate

            Presenters:
Raymond A. Knight, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Judith Sims-Knight, Ph.D., Brandeis University

5.           A Strength-Based and Restorative Model for Youth and Their Families
This workshop will present a holistic model developed at Hillside Family of Agencies to work with youth in residential treatment who have caused sexual harm.  This model represents a paradigm shift in residential treatment for this population.  Using a trauma-informed and multi-sensory approach, we will detail both the content of our program and the process challenges involved in making the shift.  .

Workshop Demographics:  Adolescents and their families                         Workshop Level: All

Presenters:
Jeanne McClung, LCSW, Clinical Project Manager, Hillside Family of Agencies
Howard Adler, LCSW, Clinical Director, Snell Farm Children’s Center
Andrew Baker, B.A, Center Supervisor, Hillside Children’s