ANZATSA Conference 2019

24 July 2019 Pre Conference Workshops

9.00 am 

Workshop 1:

Risk and protective factors in treatment

David Thornton

Workshop 2:

Introduction to the Good Way model: an integrative, trauma-informed, strengths-based model

Lesley Ayland

Workshop 3:

Victims perspectives of Sexual Abuse, perpetrators and their management

Carol Ronken, Kieran McCartan, Kelly Richards & Jodi Death

Workshop 4:

What's new with Static-99R, STABLE-2007, and ACUTE-2007?

Maaike Helmus

Workshop 5:

Abuse in organisations: Prevention is better for everyone

Stephen Smallbone

 
12.30 pmLunch 
1.30 pm 

Workshop 6

Assessment of Individuals with Sex Offences and Major Mental Illness 

Sharon Kelly

Workshop 7:

Engaging higher risk offenders in meaningful work to change their offence-supportive cognition

Richard Parker

Workshop 8:

International symposium on the registration of people who have committed sexual offences

Katie Gotch, Karla Lopez, Margaret Anne Laws & Kieran McCartan

Workshop 9:

Using the MIDSA to Assess the Treatment Needs of Juveniles and Adults Who Sexually Offend

Raymond Knight & Judith Sims-Knight

Workshop 10:

Working towards change with young people displaying harmful/offending sexual behaviours in a residential care setting

Ian Nussey & Toni Cash

Workshop 11:

Developing assessment profiling of young people who have sexually harmed: Introduction to AIM3 Model of Assessment

Marcella Leonard & Simon Hackett


Workshop 1: Risk and protective factors in treatment

The purpose of this workshop is to assist treatment providers in incorporating a protective factors approach into their practice. The first half of the workshop will describe underlying protective processes and the way in which they can be expressed through different protective factors. A contextual way of understanding risk that his more consistent with this approach will be advocated for. Specific suggestions regarding how to incorporate this perspective into therapeutic practice will be made. In the second half of the workshop, participants will work together in small groups to develop ways that these ideas can be incorporated into their practice.

Workshop 2: Introduction to the Good Way model: an integrative, trauma-informed, strengths-based model

The Good Way model was originally developed by Lesley Ayland and Bill West for young people with intellectual or learning difficulties who had sexually harmed others. The model integrates narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural approaches and trauma-attachment focused approaches into an overall framework that clients easily understand. The Good Way model has a rehabilitative theoretical base and situates risk and behaviour management within a strengths-based approach that emphasises attaining psychological well-being, resolution of trauma and an abuse-free life by building both internal capacity and external support.

Working with clients who think very simply and who present with a range of extremely challenging problems and difficulties requires a simple tool by which they can communicate complex issues. It also requires methods that are interactive and memorable. The Good Way model achieves these things and qualitative evidence shows it is used by clients and families for a longer time than those who have had therapy using other approaches. An evaluation of the Good Way model for youth aged 11-17, both with and without a learning, developmental or intellectual disability, showed very positive effects on client’s overall behaviour, resolution of trauma and internalising problems, and an overall reduction of risk of further concerning or harmful sexual behaviour. The Good Way model has since been adapted and used with children, mainstream youth and both mainstream adults and those with an intellectual or learning disability. It can also be used for clients who have been harmed by others. One of the largest children's charities in the UK (NSPCC: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) have implemented the model and are commissioning a large scale evaluation to start in April 2019.

Workshop 3: Victims perspectives of Sexual Abuse, perpetrators and their management

This pre-conference workshop will focus on victim/survivors’ views about sexual offender reintegration. The workshop will take as its starting point recent qualitative research that explored the views of victim/survivors of sexual violence on offender reintegration for the first time internationally. The workshop will give voice to victim/survivors and encourage participants to balance their professional perspectives with those of victim/survivors and consider how the needs of this group can be better met through service provision.

Workshop 4: What's new with Static-99R, STABLE-2007, and ACUTE-2007?

One of the challenges of using evidence-based assessment practices is that you need to keep updating your practices as new evidence becomes available. The purpose of this workshop is to summarize and highlight research on Static-99R, STABLE-2007, and ACUTE-2007, with opportunity for questions and discussion of current practice issues facing participants. This workshop will cover topics including the 2016 revisions to the Static-99R manual, the new standardized risk levels adopted for the Static and Static/STABLE, the 2018 time free adjustments to the Static-99R, and new research on the scales (e.g., change in STABLE/ACUTE scores, applicability with Indigenous offenders).

Workshop 5: Abuse in organisations: Prevention is better for everyone

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse completed its five years of work in December 2017, publishing an extensive 17-volume final report. While the full impact of the Commission’s work may not yet be clear, many organisations are working to move beyond compliance with externally-imposed ‘bottom-line’ regulatory requirements by developing their own internal strategies for preventing and responding to abuse. This workshop aims to help organisations and practitioners better understand the dynamics of organisational sexual abuse – what it is, who is involved, and where, when, how and why it happens. Participants will be introduced to the rationale, main concepts and methods of situational prevention, and given practical guidance on how to use this approach to identify, prioritise, and reduce risks associated with their particular organisational environment. The workshop is suitable for those involved with child- and youth-serving organisations – administrators, regulators, organisational leaders, managers, safeguarding officers, and other organisational personnel, as well as for practitioners interested in assisting organisations to understand and prevent abuse.

Workshop 6: Assessment of Individuals with Sex Offences and Major Mental Illness 

Empirically supported risk factors have been shown to be predictive of violent and sexual re-offence regardless of whether individuals suffer from a major mental illness (Bonta, Blais, & Wilson, 2014; Lee & Hanson, 2016). However, assessing for risk and treatment needs within this group is not always straightforward. How does one assess individuals who demonstrate a causal relationship between acute psychotic symptoms and sex offences (Smith & Taylor, 1999) or when acute symptoms affect how criminogenic needs are expressed? The current workshop will review relevant research including a study on individuals with sex offences and major mental illness (SOMMI) that was completed at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center. Assessment methodologies that participants can consider using in their practice will be reviewed including ways to evaluate the relationship between the psychiatric illness and criminogenic needs, and to identify individuals whose expression of criminogenic needs may be more variable as a result of their mental status. Opportunities for discussion and case practice will be provided.

Workshop 7: Engaging higher risk offenders in meaningful work to change their offence-supportive cognition - Richard Parker

Most approaches to working with offenders have been adapted from methods which were designed for voluntary clients. Consequently, they are more suited for lower risk offenders, who already possess many prosocial attitudes and often view their offending as ego dystonic.

This workshop outlines a method for engaging with higher risk offenders to actively address their antisocial cognition, with a focus on micro-skills. It includes guidelines for approaching, engaging and challenging offenders, in a cooperative and open manner. The workshop will provide examples of how this work with high risk offenders and give participants and opportunity to practice these skills.

Workshop 8: International symposium on the registration of people who have committed sexual offences

This symposium on registries for people who have committed sexual offences comprising of 4 intertwined presentations will lead the audience through the global, and historical, nature of registries internationally as well as in 4 distinct countries (UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA); a discussion of the Political, Legal and Practical challenges of registration; lessons learnt from research and practice related to registration; and how registration links to recidivism, risk management, community integration and desistence. In addition, the symposium will discuss community notification and its links to registration internationally within the four countries being discussed as the USA has unfretted community notification, UK has limited community notification, New Zealand does not have it and Australia is considering its introduction. The session with end with reflections upon lessons learnt and were we go from here.

Workshop 9: Using the MIDSA to Assess the Treatment Needs of Juveniles and Adults Who Sexually Offend

The Multidimensional Inventory of Development, Sex, and Aggression (MIDSA) is a computerized, contingency-based inventory that was created to assess the developmental histories and current behaviours, attitudes, and cognitions of juveniles and adults who have sexually offended. It provides a detailed clinical report to support assessing dynamic treatment targets for therapeutic interventions. The MIDSA has been administered to more than 7000 juveniles and adults in multiple settings. Its reliability and validity have been extensively tested, and 37 publications (24 peer-reviewed articles and 13 chapters) have reported the results of studies using its scales. The workshop will introduce the MIDSA and give training and hands-on experience in its interpretation.

The symposium is divided into two parts.  The first part will introduce the MIDSA and describe strategies for interpreting it scales and identifying treatment targets. The second part will explore in case history examples what can be garnered just from the MIDSA and will provide hands-on practice interpreting specific cases. All symposium attendees will be given a CD with a copy of the PowerPoints for both parts of the workshop and all of the MIDSA publications. The CD will also include the MIDSA manuals, case histories, and examples of MIDSA reports.

Workshop 10: Working towards change with young people displaying harmful/offending sexual behaviours in a residential care setting 

When working towards change with children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviours in a trauma-informed, in the residential care setting, psycho-sexual and psycho-social education and practice is critical to the required intervention.   It is important to seek to engage residential care workers in the process of growth and change for the young people they work with.  This provides a unique opportunity for 'real time' interventions that use life as a learning experience.

The aim of this workshop is to review: 
• What we know from research and practice that assists in understanding sexually problematic and harmful behaviours in children and young people;
• Identifying what sexual behaviours should be of concern in the residential care setting and others that may not (including the use of checklists and tools);
• Responding to problem and harmful sexual behaviours in the residential setting;
• What can be the role of the residential care worker and care team in this process;

Workshop 11: Developing assessment profiling of young people who have sexually harmed: Introduction to AIM3 Model of Assessment

The developmental journey of AIM assessment for young people who have committed HSB began in 2001 with the AIM Initial assessment model introduced across Greater Manchester. This provided an inter-disciplinary and holistic model for initial assessment of young people who sexually harmed others. It was informed by ASSET (Youth Justice Board 2000) and the Assessment Framework for Children in Need and their Families (Department of Health, 2000). AIM was then reviewed and updated in October 2012 and the AIM2 Model of Initial Assessment was developed.

AIM3 Model of Assessment has been developed following a review of the AIM2 Model of Initial Assessment. This review was in response to recognised developments in the understanding of Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) which have been influenced by the experience of practitioners and their feedback to AIM from practical application of AIM2. Professional evaluative feedback regarding AIM2 highlighted the need for the assessment framework to be updated to consider issues such as the increasing role of technology, the limitations and challenge for professionals and the young people being defined as requiring low, medium or high supervision and the need for an assessment framework which assisted professional analysis of the young person.

Acknowledging the pace, depth and diversity of development for a young person throughout their adolescent phase of life, AIM3 has been developed to enhance the practitioner’s professional analysis of the young person, the domains of their life and consider where the HSB fits within their life. This profile analysis is a departure from AIM2 in not applying a low, medium or high status to the young person in developing a profile which aids analysis of the holistic person.

This workshop will provide an overview of the AIM3 Model of Assessment and the development of profiling young person to assist in assessing risk and in identifying bespoke interventions including with their parent/carers.

 

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