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A Balancing Act: Evaluation, Treatment, and Management of Sex Offenders in the Community

A Balancing Act:
Evaluation, Treatment, and Management of Sex Offenders in the Community

January 31, 2014

 MUSC Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium / 67 President Street / Charleston, SC 29425

Presented by the MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Co-Sponsored by the South Carolina Chapter of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers


Conference Overview  |  Conference Faculty  |  Conference Itinerary 

Course Objectives  |  Conference Location | Registration

  Parking  |  Credit Designation  |  Historic Charleston  |  Accommodations

Conference Overview

This one day conference for professionals involved in the assessment, treatment, prevention, and management of sexual offending behaviors.  Topics include evidence-based modalities for community and residential-based treatment, assessment/evaluation methods to include use of physiological instruments, issues specific to juveniles who have offended sexually, and the uses and contraindications for medication management including anti-androgens. Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD, ATSA President-Elect will deliver the keynote presentation.

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Conference Faculty

William Burke, PhD, LPC
Assistant Clinical & Research Professor, Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
President & Clinical Director, Southeastern Assessment

R. Gregg Dwyer, MD, EdD
Associate Professor
Director, Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina

Melanie Hendricks, LISW-CP, ACSW
Program Director, Child, Adolescent, and Family Services
Lexington County Community Mental Health Center

Elizabeth J. Letourneau, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health
Director, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sam E. Phifer, LCSW
Executive Director
New Hope Carolinas

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Conference Itinerary
January 31, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.Welcome and Introductions
R. Gregg Dwyer, MD, EdD
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Integrating the Self Regulation and Good Lives Models into Practice
Sam E. Phifer, LCSW
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Juvenile Sex Offender Registration and Notification as Failed Policy
Elizabeth J. Letourneau, PhD

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Pharmacologic Treatment of Sexual Offending Behaviors and Paraphilias:
An Overview
R. Gregg Dwyer, MD, EdD

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Contemporary Issues in Working with Adolescents who Sexually Offend
Melanie Hendricks, LISW-CP, ACSW

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.The Utilization of Plethysmography, Visual Sexual Preference, & Polygraphy
in an Outpatient Sex Offender Treatment Program

William Burke, PhD, LPC
4:30 p.m.Closing Remarks & Adjourn

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Course Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles within the Good Lives and Self-Regulation Models.
  • Identify how the Good Lives and self-Regulation theoretical models are effectively applied in a residential setting.
  • Describe basic components of sex offender registration and notification.
  • Discuss reasons why these policies do not work with juveniles.
  • Name three categories of pharmacological treatment for sexual offending behaviors and paraphilias.
  • Identify at least three side effects of medications used to treat sexually aggressive behaviors. 
  • Describe at least three pre-screen requirements and three monitoring requirements when using antiandrogen/antigonadatropic medications for treating sexual behaviors.
  • Identify current practices in assessment and treatment of adolescents who sexually offend.
  • Discuss current research in regards to adolescents who offend.
  • Describe the impact of sex offense charges for adolescents in SC’s legal system, including current SC data.
  • Explain evidence-based utilization of the penile plethysmograph.
  • Comprehend the evidence based utilization of the Visual Sexual Preference test and Abel Assessment for Sexual Interests.

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Conference Location

Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium
Medical University of South Carolina
67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425

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Registration fee for this event is $75.00 for General Registraton and $25.00 for Students and Trainees. Fee includes conference materials, credit processing, breakfast, breaks, and certificate of attendance.

If you do not receive a confirmation within two weeks of registering, please contact Caitlin Norfleet at (843) 792-0175 to confirm registration.

Registrations are transferable from one registrant to another. Refunds will not be issued after the conference.

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Please plan to arrive early.  Traffic into Charleston during rush hour can be extremely congested and parking around MUSC is limited.  It is strongly recommended that you carpool if possible.  Parking is available in the Jonathan Lucas Street Garage (located at President and Doughty Streets behind the College of Nursing) and the Courtenay Drive Parking Garage.  

Parking fees are the responsibility of the attendee.

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Credit Designation
  • The South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology will approve 5.0 Category A credits.
  • The South Carolina Board of Social Workers will approve 2.0 hours of designated credit and 3.0 hours of general credit.
  • The South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists will approve 5.0 hours of continuing education credit.

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Historic Charleston
Charleston CVB
(843) 853-8000
Charleston Chamber of Commerce
(843) 577-2510

Charleston is a place where sand castles are built across the harbor from historic forts, where children ride scooters down 300-year-old streets, and where you can see modern theater in America’s oldest playhouse. Less than 15 miles away, you can stroll the gardens of the beautiful plantations, bask in the sun on wide sandy beaches, sail, play golf, tennis or ride bikes on a luxurious island resort.

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Listed below are hotel options in the downtown area only minutes away from MUSC and Historic Charleston.
Charleston Place Hotel
(800) 831-3490
Courtyard by Marriott
(843) 722-7229
Double Tree Guest Suites
(843) 577-2644
Charleston Marriott
(843) 723-3000
Embassy Suites
(843) 723-6900
Francis Marion Hotel
(843) 722-0600

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Questions?  Contact Caitlin Norfleet or (843) 792-0175
Presented by the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


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