MAY 6, 2019 9:10AM

Sexual Violence Prevention: Accountability and
Responsibility in the Post #MeToo Era

Dr. Alissa Ackerman

Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton.  She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from CUNY Graduate Center in 2009. As a survivor scholar, her primary research interests center around sex crimes policy and practice, the etiology of sexual violence, and restorative justice as a method of harm reduction for individuals impacted by sexual victimization. She has published extensively on topics related to sexual abuse and sex crimes policy and practice. In 2018 she co-authored two books, The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement and Sex and Gender in the 2016 Presidential Election. Her most recent book on vicarious restorative justice will be published by Safer Society Press in 2019.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the ecological approach to prevention
  • Explain the difference between prevention of victimization and prevention of perpetration
  • Discuss the meaning of responsibility and accountability
  • Analyze the pros and cons of the #MeToo movement
  • Learn about restorative and transformative justice as mechanisms for accountability

MAY 7, 2019 9:10AM

Developing Positive Sexuality and Responsible Pornography Use in Adolescents

Dr. David Ley

Dr. David Ley is a clinical psychologist in practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned his Bachelor’s degree is Philosophy form Ole Miss, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ley is licensed in New Mexico and North Carolina, and has provided clinical and consultative services in numerous other states. He is the Executive Director of New Mexico Solutions, a large outpatient mental health substance abuse program in Albuquerque, N.M. Dr.  Ley has been treating sexuality issues throughout his career. He first began treating perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse, but expanded his approach to include the fostering and promotion of healthy sexuality, and awareness of the wide range of normative sexual behaviours.

Learning Objectives

  • Review research regarding impact of pornography consumption on adolescents.
  • Discuss social role of pornography in modern sexual dynamics.
  • Explore strategies to “inoculate”youth against negative impact from pornography.
  • Review research involving men at risk for violent sexual behaviours and impact of violent pornography.
  • Explore interaction of religious and moral values with the perception of “addiction” or lack of control over pornography use.
  • Present strategies to encourage principles of sexual health, integrity, resilience and mindfulness in use of pornography.
  • Evaluate research regarding pornography addiction, neurological impacts of pornography consumption, effectiveness of sex addiction treatment, findings regarding comorbid (primary) mental health disorders in individuals diagnosed as addicted to sex.
  • Discuss WHO inclusion of Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder in ICD-11 and how this may be operationalized in a comprehensive diagnostic approach.

MAY 7, 2019 1:00PM

Doorways to Dance Through: Engaging Young People on Healthy Sexuality, Consent, Relationships and Intimacy

Karen B.K. Chan

Karen B.K. Chan is an award-winning sex and emotional literacy educator in Toronto, Canada, with 20+ years of experience. Karen (aka B.K.) is dedicated to having difficult conversations that are real, transformative, and kind. Known for her accessible style and sense of humour, B.K. integrates curriculum content into stories, and theory into practice. She works with individuals, groups, and organizations, and trains professionals across disciplines. B.K. has training in Creative Facilitation, Productive Thinking, Non-Violent Communications, and is a facilitator for YES!, which hosts intensive gatherings for social changemakers worldwide. These influences, and more, shaped her favourite ways to learn and teach: through stories, metaphors, diagrams, and things that make people laugh.

Learning Objectives

  • Sex positivity and trauma – informed approaches: (1) Applying framework to our work; (2) Approaching conversations about sexuality as helping professionals.
  • Zones + Compass: (1) Optimizing clients for sexuality messages and interventions; (2) Optimizing ourselves, addressing common points of fracture between professional and client.
  • Consent, Desire, Arousal, Pleasure: (1) Accurate information about anatomy, sexual practices, etc.; (2) Mitigating biases and misinformation; (3) Pitfalls of common consent education messages; (4) Relevant, realistic, and usable consent messages and scripts; (5) Rejection, guild, courage and other resilience’s.
  • Tricks of the Trade: (1) Empathy, Rapport; (2) Asking better questions; (3) Justice.
  • Customized scenarios: (1) Applying tools and scripts, share-back.

**NOTE: We welcome an open and free exchange of ideas and perspectives at this year’s Continuum Conference.  Please note that Radius does not endorse nor repudiate the views and opinions of any of the guest speakers/presenters. Further, the target audience of the Continuum Conference is: mental health professionals, social workers, probation officers, residential staff, child welfare staff, judiciary, therapists and child and youth workers.

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

Dr. Michael F. Caldwell, Psy.D

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

Dr. Ryan T. Shields, Ph.D.

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