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On-Demand/Online 2018 CAMH Sexual Behaviours Clinic Training

CAMH Sexual Behaviours Clinic

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 at 1:00 PM - Thursday, 14 November 2019 at 8:30 PM (PST)

On-Demand/Online 2018 CAMH Sexual Behaviours Clinic...

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Web Link Only (on demand/not broadcasted live)
Receive a link to watch the entire 2-day training online at your convenience.
29 Nov 2019 $200.00 $0.00

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The CAMH Sexual Behaviours Clinic (SBC) 8th Annual Training

The SBC invites you to view our two-day training online/on-demand (held Nov 15 & 16, 2018 at CAMH in Toronto, ON). This is the SBC's 8th year of providing a series of excellent speakers in the area of sexually inappropriate behaviour, paraphilias, and sexual abuse prevention.  

Within four weeks of the in-person event, you will receive a link to the video presentations and slides of each of our presenters to watch on demand.  **Training will NOT be broadcast live.  



 The presentations will be of interest to service providers in forensics, addictions, mental health, child protection, and the criminal justice system.  


 Schedule of Training

 Day 1 - (Morning) - Dr. Lawrence Ellerby

Traditional Cultural & Spiritual Approaches to Healing and Risk Management with Aboriginal People Who Have Sexually Offended

A disproportionate number of Aboriginal people are represented in our criminal justice system and account for a disparate number of individuals involved in sexual and violent crimes. There is much discussion and for some questions about the need for and importance of culturally relevant and meaningful processes for the assessment and treatment of Aboriginal sex offenders. This talk will focus on:

Approaching the Indigenous world as a non-Indigenous person
Why and when to use culturally relevant approaches for Aboriginal sex offenders 
Indigenous philosophies related to healing/treatment and risk management
Indigenous processes and practices related to healing/treatment and risk management
Indigenous intervention modalities
Understanding and working with Spiritual Helpers / Elders
Unique treatment targets
Spirituality in the healing process
Experiences related to outcome

Day 1 (Afternoon) - Dr. Lawrence Ellerby

Provider Impact & Wellness: Working with an Offender Population and Caring for Ourselves

Much of the focus of clinical practice is on building our skills in best practices with less attention and importance given to us as practitioners and how we function in our jobs. Staying healthy and balanced is critical, to optimize our personal lives and to be able to maintain ourselves at a high level of functioning professionally. In this talk we will explore:

The stressors evident in working with a sex offender population
Types of psychological distress that may be encountered
How doing this work can impact us
Coping strategies that can assist in moderating stressors and distress
Satisfactions of a forensic practice that act as moderating variables

Day 2 -  (Morning) - Dr. Meredith Chivers

Women’s Sexual Psychophysiology: Implications for Forensic Assessment & Treatment

Part I: Women's sexual psychophysiology - state of the science: Sexual arousal, like other emotional states, has a distinctive pattern of physiological, cognitive, and affective reactions to specific antecedents or sexual stimuli, colloquially known as “turn-ons”. Despite decades of research examining women’s and men’s sexual arousal and desire, relatively little is understood about what makes a stimulus “sexual”. In this talk, I will discuss a program of research on gendered sexual response that is beginning to fill this gap in contemporary theoretical models of sexual arousal and desire. Evidence for gender effects on three phenomena – specificity of sexual response, sexual concordance, and responsive sexual desire – will be presented and implications for aspects of gendered sexuality, such as adult sexual attractions and paraphilias, will be discussed.

Part II: Women's sexual psychophysiology - what methods are best? Sexual psychophysiology is the assessment of mental and physical changes that occur during sexual response. These changes include cognitive, behavioural, emotional, and physiological processes associated with sexual arousal and sexual motivation. These processes are thought to underlie sexual attractions and preferences, directing and motivating sexual behaviors. In this workshop, I will provide an introductory overview of the various methodologies used to assess women’s sexual attractions, including self-report measures, genital psychophysiology, assessment of visual attention, computer-based cognitive measures, and behavioural outcomes. As each method is presented, I will review the current research on gendered sexual response focusing on the validity of each method as an objective measure of women’s sexual attractions. I will conclude with recommendations for objective assessment of women’s sexual interests in a forensic clinical context.

Day 2 (Afternoon) - Dr. Franca Cortoni

Women who Sexually Offend: The Importance of a Gender-Informed Approach

Women who sexually offend make up a small yet significant proportion of all sexual offenders. In recent years, increased empirical attention has revealed that these women differ in several gender–specific ways from their male counterparts, showing the need for gender–informed assessment and treatment practices. In this workshop, these research findings will be reviewed and their implications for gender–informed clinical practice will be highlighted. Practical techniques on how to assess and treat female sexual offenders will be described. In addition, gender–informed suggestions for clinical group work, individual homework assignments, and helpful hints for accomplishing the goals of the intervention will be provided. Case examples will be utilized to illustrate the implementation of these strategies with clients.


Dr. Lawrence Ellerby

Dr. Lawrence Ellerby is a forensic psychologist who has provided clinical services to violent and sexual offenders since 1987; working in correctional, mental health and community settings. He is the Clinical Director at Forensic Psychological Services, a practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of high risk/high need offenders. Lawrence is a consultant to the Canadian Center for Child Protection and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Crisis Negotiation Team. He co-Chairs the Clinical & Research Advisory Group for INTERPOL’S Specialist Group on Crimes Against Children and was previously Chair of the Sex Offender Management section of this Specialist Group. He is a past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and has served as a lecturer for the Canadian Police College. Lawrence is a Lecturer for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, has published articles and book chapters related to working with violent and sexual offenders and has given invited addresses in Canada, the United States and Europe. He is a past recipient of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association’s National Crime Prevention Award. Most importantly, he is a recent PaPato the world’s most extraordinary granddaughter, has an amazing family who keeps him on his toes and adores (most of the time) his insecurely attached dog, Jake.

Dr. Meredith Chivers

Meredith Chivers PhD is an Associate Professor, Queen’s National Scholar, Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator, and Director of the Sexuality and Gender Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). She is Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, and serves on the editorial board for 3 other sexuality journals. Her research program, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, examines gendered sexuality, including sexual psychophysiology, sexual orientations, and sexual functioning, with a focus on women.

Dr. Franca Cortoni

Franca Cortoni received her doctorate in clinical and forensic psychology from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. Since 1989, she has worked with and conducted research on female and male sexual offenders. She worked for many years with the Correctional Service of Canada where she provided assessment and treatment services to incarcerated male and female offenders, was Director of an in-prison treatment program for high risk sexual offenders, and Director of correctional research. In 2007, she joined the School of Criminology at the Université de Montréal where she is professor of clinical criminology. She is also a Research Fellow at the International Centre of Comparative Criminology, and currently serves as president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Her research interests include factors associated with the development of sexual offending behavior, risk assessment and treatment of both male and female sexual offenders. Her latest book focuses on the assessment, treatment, and management of female sexual offenders.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 at 1:00 PM - Thursday, 14 November 2019 at 8:30 PM (PST)

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CAMH Sexual Behaviours Clinic

The Sexual Behaviours Clinic provides services to individuals 18+. Our clients typically include:

  • People who have been convicted of a sexual offence and are serving community sentences (this includes contact offences, child pornography offences and other non-contact offences);
  • People who are on formal mental health diversion through the court for a sexual-related offence;
  • People who are distressed by their sexual interest and/or behaviours.

We also provide services to the families of people who have been convicted of sexual offences. 

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