MAY 7, 2018 9:10AM

Decline in Juvenile Sexual Recidivism Rates: Implications for Assessment and Treatment

Dr. Michael F. Caldwell

Michael F. Caldwell, Psy.D. is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center. He currently serves as Past President of the Wisconsin Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Dr. Caldwell has provided clinical treatment and risk assessment services for violent adolescent offenders including adolescent sexual offenders, and he has conducted research into risk assessment methods and the effectiveness of treatment interventions with adolescent offenders with callous/unemotional traits. He is currently a Co-Principle Investigator on NIMH grants investigating the neuroscience of aggression and changes in the adolescent brain associated with effective treatment. He is also a consultant to the Urban Institute and the MIND Research Network at the University of New Mexico. He has served as a consultant to the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Juvenile Justice, the National Academy of Sciences Sackler International Scientific Forum on Neuroscience and the Law, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, and the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, among many others. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to risk assessment and treatment of violent adolescent delinquents and adolescent sexual offenders.

Learning Objectives

  • The types of violence that have declined substantially in recent decades
  • The possible explanations for the decline in sexual violence committed by adolescents
  • The implications of low base rates on risk assessment and treatment plan formulation
  • The policy implications of low sexual recidivism rates among adolescents
  • Treatment goals and approaches based on protective factors, strengths, and resiliency
  • Why we should stop doing adolescent sexual recidivism risk assessment
  • What to do instead of sexual recidivism risk assessments

MAY 8, 2018 9:10AM

Help Wanted: A Public Health Approach to the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Dr. Ryan T. Shields, PH.D.

Ryan T. Shields, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is the former Associate Director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

His scholarship centers on the intersection of criminology, criminal justice, and public health. His recent work has examined policies aimed at youth who have sexually offended, such as juvenile transfer to adult court and sex offender registration and notification policies. He is also currently leading a project to develop an online prevention intervention for adolescents with a sexual interest in children.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand evidence base supporting child sexual abuse prevention efforts.
  • To identify the needs of adolescents with a sexual interest in prepubescent children.
  • To examine challenges to help-seeking behaviour that adolescents with a sexual attraction to prepubescent children experience.
  • To explore identified areas of intervention and consider the messaging and content needed to address this population’s needs.

Past Speakers and Workshop Topics

Kevin Creeden, M.A, LMHC

A Developmental Treatment Approach for Understanding and Addressing Sexual Offending in Youth: What, Why, and How

Bente Skau, MSW, Ph.D. and Heather Barbour, B.Sc., RSW

The Pursuit of “Good Sex” in a Pornofied World: Assisting Adolescents in Constructing Positive Sexual Scripts

Nancy Falls, Ed. D and Alice Olsen, M.S.W

Parental Involvement: Treating the Sexually Harming Adolescent in the Context of Their Family

Dr. James R. Worling, Ph.D., C.Psych.

What Does The Research Say? Gaining New Insights For Assessment And Treatment From Recent Investigations

John Briere, Ph.D.

Complex Trauma in Adolescence: Treatment Implications for Young Offenders

Denyse Brushett, BA, MSW, RSW and Stephanie Francois, BSc, MSW, RSW


Shelley Kavanagh

Expanding Your Tool Kit: Using Expressive Arts to Engage At-Risk Youth Through Creative Interventions

Andrea Joyce, MSW, RSW

Values and Attitudes about Sex… Is this the elephant in the therapy room? Engaging adolescents and their families in such discussions

Stefen Joseph, B.A and Arlene Gonash-Nelson, MSc., BSc.

The role of the youth mental health court worker and the importance of the specialized youth mental health courts

Detective Constable Michele Bond

Self-peer exploitation – Let’s work together

Craig Latham, Ph.D.

Problematic sexual behaviour in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

David A. Wolfe, Ph.D.

Impact of media violence on adolescent development and behaviour

Jaqueline Page, PSY.D.

Intervening with adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviour

David Prescott, LICSW

Good lives and beyond: building better lives with youth

Bente Skau, MSW, PHD, Heather Barbour, B.SC., RSW and Melissa Maltar, MSW. RSW

Sexual descision making: your own code

David Delmonico

Online, Offline and Over the Line: Adolescence in a Digital World

Jo Langford

Internet Safety 101 for Practitioners

Dr. James R. Worling, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Changing Perspectives: Focusing on Protective Factors, Strengths, and Resiliency

Kevin Vowles

Decoding the Language of Sexual Violence: Exploring Rape Culture, Toxic Masculinity, Gender Equality and Building Understanding and Allyship Amongst Men and Boys

Geraldine Crisci

Self-care in Working with Sexual Offending Behaviours