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A Fresh Look at the Responsivity Principle in Treating People Who Have Sexually Abused

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CE Credits: 1.5 Credits
Length: 1.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
CE Eligibility: APA, ASWB ACE, ANCC, NAADAC, CPA
Training Style: Video
Category: Sexual Offending
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
Of the principles of effective correctional rehabilitation, responsivity has likely received the least attention with respect to both research and practice. This webinar reviews the extant research and its implications for building responsivity among these most challenging clients. It distinguishes between responsivity factors related to program structure and those related to getting the treatment context right for actual change. It focuses on crucial but often-overlooked areas such as theories related to self-perception (including having the client make the case for change) and self-determination (for example, understanding the roles of intrinsic and extrinsic motivations), and outlines specific steps that clinicians can take towards building more effective responsiveness from their clientele.
The workshop explores specific areas of motivational interviewing and its processes, as well as feedback-informed treatment and the development of the therapeutic alliance. This includes achieving agreement on the nature of the therapeutic relationship as well as the goals and tasks of treatment. It offers a brief structure for examining stuck cases.
Trainer Biographies
David Prescott has served two terms on the SOCCPN board of Directors. He is a Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the 2014 recipient of that organization’s Distinguished Contribution award. Mr. Prescott has produced 17 book projects related to the assessment and treatment of people who have abused and/or traumatized and trained around the world. Mr. Prescott has worked and trained in civil commitment programs around the US.
Learning Objectives
This training is designed to help you:
  • Participants will explore what responsivity is and is not
  • Participants will understand responsivity differently from the principles of risk and need
  • Participants will be able to define the therapeutic alliance
  • Participants will Learn about self-perception theory
  • Participants will Learn about self-determination theory

1 Sponsorship: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education trainings. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc (provider #1371) is also approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACE provider approval period: 6/8/2022-6/8/2025. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].
3 Commercial Supports: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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