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Understanding Sexual Violence: What is it? How do we manage it? (2 Days)
July 26, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sexual violence continues to cause considerable upset at a variety of levels – personal, community, and society. In this two-day, interactive workshop, we will explore the nature and manifestations of sexual deviance in all its forms, touching on issues of sexual interest development, gender, cognitive abilities, assessment, treatment, risk management, and other important factors.
Day One will focus on the nature of sexual deviance, exploring etiological theories and the expression of sexually aggressive behavior across the age continuum. We will discuss issues important in understanding sexually violent behavior in youth, women, men, and people with special needs (e.g., mental health, intellectual disabilities). Recent changes to the DSM and our understanding of the paraphilias will also be addressed, with special attention paid to distinguishing sexual deviance from sexual impropriety.
Day Two will focus on best practice models of managing sexual violence in a science-informed, socially sensible manner. Models of sexual offender management will be critically examined, with an ultimate focus on comprehensive models of stakeholder collaboration and community engagement taking center stage. Special attention will be paid to innovative approaches such as Circles of Support & Accountability. Research findings will be presented to underscore the relative pros and cons of contemporary approaches intended to increase public safety while attending to the cognitive and behavioral difficulties demonstrated in clinical and forensic populations of clients engaging in sexually abusive conduct.