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Understanding Pedophilia and the Brain

US$325 Regular Price

-US$25 GIFR Member Price

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CE Credits: 3.5 Credits
Length: 3.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Category: ATSA Master Classes - General
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
Brain scanning stands poised to revolutionize our understanding of pedophilia and hebephilia. Although the potential importance of brain scanning technologies is widely recognized, their results and implications are not yet widely discussed outside the scientific arena. This ATSA Master Class is aimed at viewers from all disciplines, regardless of background in neuroscience or sexology, who wish to understand the current state of the science and its implications for how we think about pedophilia in clinical, ethical, and prevention efforts. The first section of the training reviews how pedophilia was historically thought to develop, how sexual interests are currently assessed, and then—in laymen’s terms—how Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) works. Also reviewed will be Computerized Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), and Diffusor Tensor Imaging (DTI). The second section then helps viewers to understand (1) the neuropsychological and other known correlates of sexual offending behavior, (2) the parts of the brain that process sexual stimuli, (3) the MRI techniques used to study the relevant brain functions and structure, and (4) the current body of MRI findings about pedophiles and hebephiles. Finally, the third section explores the implications of not only this work but the very idea that pedophilia and hebephilia manifest in the brain at all and could (at least partially) be fixed before birth. This training will not only make the current literature accessible to viewers, but also will help professionals critically evaluate claims made about the implications of brain scan findings for policy, practice, and science.
Trainer Biography
James Cantor, PhD is a clinical psychologist and sexual behavior scientist, focusing on atypical sexualities. His appointments have included Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Dr. Cantor has been applying MRI and other techniques with pedophilic men for over 20 years, identifying the role of the brain in causing the sexual interest in children. His findings suggest that having a sexual interest in children is not a result of suffering sexual abuse in one’s own children, but is an innate characteristic of neurological origin, comparable to a sexual orientation. His team’s research findings have been published in Psychological Bulletin, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and the Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology, and Dr. Cantor appears regularly to discuss how to apply the science in public policy to prevent child sexual abuse. Interviews with him have appeared internationally, including in the National Post, CNN, The New York Times, BBC, and Dan Savage’s Savage Love.
Learning Objectives
This training is designed to help you:
  • Differentiate pedophilia from child molestation
  • Review seminal research on sexual offending and the brain throughout history
  • Explore contemporary neuropsychology and biometrics
  • Discuss the contributions being made by current brain imaging technologies
  • Examine the evidence for biological testing for pedophilia

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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