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Group Therapy with Sexual Abusers: Engaging the Full Potential of the Group Experience

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CE Credits: 9 Credits
Length: 208 Pages
Level: Intermediate
Training Style: Book
Category: Book-Based Trainings
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Book Description
This is the first book dedicated specifically to group therapy with adult sexual abusers. To professionals who facilitate groups with sexual abusers, it offers sound, practical guidelines for moving from the standard mode of "therapist-centered" group therapy to the more powerful mode of "group-centered" group therapy. The authors also explain in detail how to utilize the unique power of group relationships and group cohesion to achieve therapeutic growth for individual group members. Dozens of case examples based on the authors' many years of practice with sexual abuser groups give readers concrete illustrations of group-centered group therapy in action.
Please note: GIFR is the sole Continuing Education Credit provider for this CE Program. However, we do not provide the book. The book can be purchased directly from the publisher, Safer Society Press. To purchase this book, visit:
Author Biographies
Steven Sawyer, MSSW, LICSW, CGP is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. He is founder and president of Sawyer Solutions, LLC, a private clinical services and organizational consulting practice. In his clinical practice, he provides clinical and consultation services to individuals, families, and organizations. He currently serves as a consultant to Catholic religious orders on matters of sexual abuse prevention and management, provides clinical supervision services for the State of Minnesota, operates a treatment program for adults who have committed a sexual offense, manages a program for men who pay for sex, and provides individual, conjoint, and family therapy. Over the past 30 years, he has been a founding board member and executive director of a nonprofit agency, a founding board member and past chapter president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MNATSA), and a past board member and chair of the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Mr. Sawyer is the recipient of the 2004 MNATSA Professional Service Award and the 1999 Mankato State University Social Work Alumnus of the Year Award. Mr. Sawyer is an experienced public speaker who has given lectures and trainings locally and nationally to public and professional groups about sexual offender treatment and sexual abuse prevention. He has published articles and book chapters on a program for men who use prostitutes, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, group therapy with sexual offenders, sexual dysfunction in sexual offenders, and sexual offender treatment program outcomes research.
Jerry L. Jennings, PhD is a clinical psychologist and award-winning screenwriter and writer. He has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and books, including three clinical texts: The Mindfulness Toolkit for Counselors, Teachers, Coaches and Clinicians of Youth (2013); Responsibility and Self-Management (2007); and Breaking the Silence of the Lambs (2014), which is a unique first-person forensic case study and clinician’s memoir of the case of infamous sexual predator, Gary M. Heidnik. As Vice President of Clinical Services for Liberty Healthcare Corporation, he plays a major role in the development of innovative, best practices treatment programs in both facility and community settings for a diverse array of challenging adult and adolescent clinical populations, including felony ISTs, insanity acquittees, sexual offenders, SVPs, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Jennings is also dedicated to preserving and honoring the personal stories of Holocaust survivors and has published three memoirs on their behalf: Stella’s Secret (2005), I Choose Life (2009), and Darkness Hides the Flowers (2011).
Learning Objectives
This training is designed to help you:
  • Describe the theoretical foundations of group therapy
  • Compare and contrast the benefits of group-centered versus therapist-centered group therapy
  • Discuss the impact of group composition on therapeutic effectiveness
  • List and describe the developmental stages of a group
  • Apply knowledge of group dynamics to effectively facilitate groups
  • Manage common group member problems such as insecure attachment and resistance
  • Evaluate group process using the measurement tools provided in the book

1 Sponsorship: Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MHS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, provider #1371, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Global Institute of Forensic Research maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/8/2022-6/8/2025. Social Workers completing this course receive continuing education credits. Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MHS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) has been approved by NAADAC as an approved Continuing Education, Provider No. 144308. Programs that do not qualify for NAADAC credit are clearly identified. MHS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR) has been approved by NBCC as an approved Continuing Education provider. ACEP No.6711. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GIFR is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0337. Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0036.

2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].

3 Commercial Supports: Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. MHS receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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