Why Should You Attend the 2020 SASH Annual Conference?

Going Virtual in 2020

All times are Central Time.

Friday, October 16th, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: ATSA Breakout
 
Perpetrator Accountability in the Time of #MeToo: Individuals Who Offend and Moving Towards Prevention
In order to establish robust and evidence based prevention of sexual abuse strategies, it is vital to understand and explore what contributes to a) the prevention of perpetration to begin with b) effective interventions to stop people from perpetrating sexual abuse c) what it means to hold individuals accountable for their offending behavior d) what policies are (in)effective supporting sexual abuse prevention e) effective communications that engage communities in prevention. The workshop will provide information pertaining to: the prevalence of sexual abuse, rates of reoffending, and risk and protective factors that can contribute to or protect individuals from perpetrating sexual abuse. We will then explore the concepts of perpetration accountability and policies and communication strategies that do and do not work to aid in the prevention of sexual abuse. Through this presentation and discussion attendees will explore and challenge their own perceptions of individuals who sexually offend, and assess ways in which current policies and practices positively or negatively contribute to sexual abuse prevention.
Learning Objective #1: Participants will identify ways that current policies encourage sage and effective re-entry integration
Learning Objective #2: Participants will assess the impact that current policies have on the prevention of sexual abuse
Learning Objective #3: Participants will identify factors most related to an individuals risk of sexual offending
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #1: CSOCf Concerning limits of competence, ethics, legal concerns and standards of care for sex offender assessment and treatment
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #2: CSOCf Concerning limits of competence, ethics, legal concerns and standards of care for sex offender assessment and treatment.
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #3: CSOCai Actuarial risk assessment of sexual offenders.
 
Maia Christopher, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), Executive Director
Maia Christopher is the Executive Director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Focusing on preventing sexual abuse through understanding and interrupting the behaviors of people at risk of offending, ATSA specializes in disseminating research, defining and supporting effective treatment practices and promoting evidence base policies.

Ms. Christopher started her career providing treatment services and developing treatment protocols for individuals who have offended sexually and non-sexually. She spent 19 years providing treatment services to incarcerated individuals that committed violent offenses in Correctional Services of Canada and Washington State Department of Corrections. Ms. Christopher has presented extensively, and around the world, including Canada, the United States, the UK, New Zealand, Germany, and South Africa. Her areas of expertise include professional practice guidelines of sex offender treatment, collaborating with community stakeholders invested in successful offender reintegration and policy pertaining to sexual offending.