Ethics in Adult Sexual Offender Treatment
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Therapists treating sex offenders are routinely faced with unique ethical challenges. This ATSA Master Class will assist you in identifying and interpreting ethical guidelines for the treatment of sexual offenders, recognizing and resolving common ethical dilemmas, and taking into consideration legal standards for therapist competence specific working with sexual offenders. Specific topics discussed include therapeutic responsibilities during treatment, informed consent, denial, confidentiality, boundaries and dual relationships, therapist competence, and mandatory reporting laws. Video vignettes and case examples are provided throughout the training for illustrative purposes.
Jill Levenson, PhD is Associate Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, Florida. A licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience with interpersonal violence and trauma-related disorders, Dr. Levenson’s primary area of research involves studying the impact and effectiveness of social policies and therapeutic interventions designed to reduce sexual violence. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has co-authored three books on the treatment of sex offenders and their families. In addition to her role as an academic, she continues to maintain an active clinical practice.
This training is designed to help you:
- Identify and interpret ethical guidelines for behavioral health professions in the context of sexual offender treatment
- Recognize common ethical dilemmas in sexual offender treatment
- Apply a four-step structured process for resolving ethical dilemmas in sexual offender treatment
- Explain ethical standards pertaining to informed consent and limitations of confidentiality
- Learn how to manage conflicts of interest, boundaries, and dual relationships specific to working with sexual offenders
- Consider standards of therapist competence specific to working with sexual offenders
- Describe recent changes to the mandatory reporting laws