Free Live Webinar Series

Welcome to the Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR)’s, a brand of MHS Public Safety, free live webinar series! GIFR is the leading provider of high-quality online training for mental health, correctional, and law enforcement professionals. Each year, GIFR hosts free webinars offered by thought-leaders and partnering organizations including Sex Offender Civil Commitment Programs Network (SOCCPN).

The listed webinars are free, live, interactive, and open to anyone. Various webinars are also eligible for continuing education (CE) credit. Those that are eligible for CE credit will be indicated as so. Complete the sign-up form of the webinar you wish to attend by clicking on “Read More”.

Not able to attend the scheduled free webinar? All registrants will receive a free recording of the webinar as long as the respective registration form is submitted.

IMPORTANT: Attendees who are not current GIFR members must attend the free live webinar in its entirety in order to obtain CE credit. Recordings are not eligible for CE credit for non-members. Attendance will be monitored. To learn more about GIFR membership, visit

Title: Does treatment truly reduce sexual offending? Current knowledge and future directions

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US)

Eligible for: 1.5 CEUs

Webinar Description: A number of studies have concluded that treatment for sexually offending behavior successfully reduces recidivism. However, several meta-analyses have also concluded that the evidence for the effectiveness of sexual offender treatment is weak at best, mostly due to inadequate experimental designs. So, what are the empirically supported effective components of treatment, and what should we do to improve our practices? This webinar will provide an overview of the components and the empirical evidence that support (or not!) their use in treatment. Treatment approaches and responsivity issues will also be addressed as these are integral components that must be considered when designing and implementing an empirically supported treatment program designed to reduce sexual recidivism. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the implications and need for future research.