This workshop is designed for non-licensed human, victim, and social services professionals. The purpose is to educate professionals on ways to improve their interactions with the sex offender population. The workshop takes an integrated, population-based, trauma-informed care approach to improving upon provider skills, employing strategies that empower the provider to be more effective in care and time management. Additionally, providers will learn about professionalism, standards, and ethics, as well as opportunities to build upon and expand their professional reach.
The workshop uses evidence-based current research and trauma-informed techniques that are essential for bolstering the providers skill set and interactions with this specific population. The workshop is an interactive training to provide a “real world” situations that providers have experienced when working with sex offenders. While these are real examples, please note that the facilitators are bound by HIPAA compliance laws, and any personally identifying information has been altered to protect parties involved.
This workshop covers sensitive topics that may result in experiences of discomfort or re-traumatization when reviewing the information including videos, pictures, and other types of media. To that end, we require a consent form to be signed and encourage participants to reach out to their mental health or health care provider should any of these responses occur.
- Opening Introduction (15 minutes)
- Bringing Professionalism to Human Services (30 minutes)
- Brief Break – Please be mindful of your cameras (15 minutes)
- Sex Offender Typology (2 hours, 40 minutes) – Sex Offenders and Psycho-forensic classification
- Interactive exercise #1. What Would You Do? (30 minutes)
- Interactive exercise #2. What Would You Do? (30 minutes)
- Lunch Break (30 minutes)
- Provider Techniques (40 minutes) – Improved quality and effective care services
- Brief Break (15 minutes) – Please be mindful of your microphones and cameras
- Danger Zone (20 minutes) – Knowing When to Take Action
- Interactive Activity # 3 (25 minutes) – Danger Zone
- Closing (10 minutes) – Working with Sex Offenders
- Q&A (15 minutes)
Dr. Amber D. Gray graduated with a Doctorate of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University. Her focus is Integrated Behavioral Healthcare and Law Enforcement. She is a NOVA Credentialed Victim Intervention Specialist and has certification in Clinical Forensic Domestic Violence Counselor, Human Trafficking Victim Services Provider, and Doctoral Addictions Counselor.
Dr. Gray has been a Forensic Counselor and Clinician-Researcher for 26 years. The majority of Dr. Gray’s research has been directed at policy and procedural changes to assist victims of violence in getting better care services, as well as policy changes within Law Enforcement to help reduce Officer-Involved shootings. Dr. Gray has collaborated on many academic works, and most recently, co-collaborated on the textbook Women and Violence: Global Lives in Focus from ABC-Clio publishing. Her areas of specialization include: Public and community health, American Indian health policy, behavior processes, domestic violence, resilience, violence-conflict and human rights, gender violence, women’s studies, forensic and correctional psychology, law enforcement administration, situational crime prevention, human/sex trafficking, trauma-informed care, integrated care, patient-centered behavioral health, patient-centered medical homes, quality improvement and assurances and lean six sigma (project and program management).
Rebecca A. Ax is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, earning her Bachelor’s degree in the field of Psychology. She concentrates her work on the psychology of women, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. While finishing her degree, she also earned an undergraduate certificate in Women’s Studies.
Rebecca worked in non-profit services aimed at family violence and sexual assault prevention. There she learned some victim services ideologies, advocacy techniques and case management skills. Rebecca then began work as a military civilian service provider. She worked in sexual assault prevention and response, with the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps, where she has worked for over seven years. There, Rebecca is the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. She also earned her status as a Comprehensive Victim Advocate (CVA) with the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP).
Tabitha M. Chapman is a graduate student attending Brandman University. She is also an early childhood development teacher with Tinkergarten, Inc, an international speaker, a researcher, an educator, and a professor at Golden West University, in Huntington Beach, California. She will be receiving her Master’s degree in Psychology, with a dual emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. She began her journey to become a research psychologist and parenting educator/coach three years ago and has not looked back. Her parenting research focuses on positive parenting models, methods, and techniques to help families in raising happier, healthier children. In her Master’s degree program, Tabitha’s concentrations center around family systems, attachment, dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy orientations.
Tabitha is a certified victim advocate. She is also concentrating her research and advocacy ideologies on helping families to develop acceptance and communication techniques that foster growth and positive outcomes. Tabitha is currently in her practicum, working directly with therapy clients under supervision with Life Source Affordable Counseling Services in Riverside, CA.
Eligible for 6 CEUs