Conference Program

ILATSA is proud to announce our keynote speakers: 

Alejandro Leguízamo, Ph.D.

Liam Marshall, Ph.D 


Elgin Community College – Building E 

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Keynote Speakers

Thursday Keynote Speaker: Alejandro Leguízamo, Ph.D

Alejandro Leguízamo a Professor of Psychology at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. His research interests include ethnic differences in sexual offending, cultural issues in the treatment of people who commit sex offenses, masculinity and sexual aggression, and cultural contributors to psychological well-being and life satisfaction. He also provides treatment, clinical consultation, and evaluations on a limited basis to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), where he serves as the Chair of the Education and Training Committee. He is also an ATSA Fellow. He regularly presents at regional and national conferences and conducts trainings both online and in person.

Friday Keynote Speaker: Liam E. Marshall, Ph.D., RP, ATSAF

Rockwood Psychotherapy & Consulting, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, & the University of Toronto Department of Forensic Psychiatry

Liam received his Doctoral and other degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He has been providing treatment and conducting research on offenders and offenders with mental health issues for more than 25 years. Liam has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is co-author/co-editor of four books. He is a board member and reviewer for many international journals, and has made numerous international conference presentations on offender and mental health issues. He has provided consultation to governments and delivered trainings for therapists and staff working with offenders in 26 countries. Liam has been named a Fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) for his contributions to the organization’s goals. He is currently Director of Rockwood Psychotherapy & Consulting, a researcher and clinician at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Workshop Descriptions – Thurs. March 17, 2022

8:45-9:00am  Welcome –  ILATSA President Michelle Evans, DSW, LCSW, ATSAF

9:00-12:15pm Keynote – Alejandro Leguízamo, Ph.D.

Title: Intercultural Counseling of Individuals Convicted of Sexual Offenses 

Room: Building E, E121 Dining Room

All the major mental health professional organizations in the U.S. have established guidelines or standards with respect to the treatment of diverse clients. The guidelines are based on an Ecological Systems approach and the Multicultural Competencies developed by Sue and colleagues. The inclusion of cultural variables in case conceptualization and treatment implementation are considered not only necessary, but an essential component of best practices. The incorporation of cultural and intersectional factors in the treatment of all individuals convicted of sexual offenses is consistent with RNR principles and the Good Lives Model. Assessing and addressing cultural issues in treatment, both within and among treatment participants, demands an open and mindful approach from evaluators and clinicians as we work towards eradicating sexual abuse. The guidelines, pertinent research, and clinical approaches will be presented. 

12:15-1:15pm Lunch Break


Session A – Culture and sexual aggression: The perils of our proclivity for domination

Presenter: Alejandro Leguízamo, Ph.D.

Room: Building E, E121 Dining Room

Description: In this session, we will review cultural factors that facilitate the commission of sexual aggression. We will focus on the roles of hierarchies and domination. Since ancient times, societies that were divided into those in power and those in subordinate position used sexual aggression as  means to exert power over others, such as women, children, and slaves (e.g., Ancient Greece and Rome). In contrast, societies where such hierarchies were not present, or were weak, tended to have complementary gender roles without domination, children were valued as individuals, and sexual aggression was either abhorred, or non-existent (e.g., numerous Native American tribes). We will consider these factors as they are expressed in our current society through male supremacy and the exercising of hegemonic masculinity. We will end with potential approaches that could be used in treatment to liberate men who engage in sexual aggression from these cultural chains.

Session B – Working with sexually violent persons: Grit, the supervisory working alliance, and burnout.

Presenter: Stalina Harris, Ph.D

Room: Building E, E108 Breakout Room

Description: Clinicians who work with sexually violent persons (SVPs) are faced with various problems related to the nature of their job duties, job settings, and the specificity of the population they serve. Although researchers have investigated the phenomenon of burnout extensively over the last decade, research focusing on burnout among counselors who work with SVPs is insufficient. The purpose of this presentation is to explain differences in burnout among clinicians working with SVPs by their grit, the supervisory working alliance, and job settings.

In the end of presentation, we will discuss best practice for supervision which can help minimize clinicians’ burnout. In this presentation, I will highlight the role of personal and organizational factors in burnout. The understanding of the nature of burnout can help to develop effective interventions to prevent clinicians’ burnout and to increase the quality of provided services.

Session C, Part 1 of 2Utilizing Apology Strategies In Family Re-unification 

Presenter: Mark Carich, Ph.D., and Ryan Weidenbenner, MA

Room: Building E, E106 Breakout Room

Description: Although motivation, denial of responsibility and victim empathy are not factors associated with risk in the Hanson classic meta-analysis, Mann, Hanson & Thornton (2010) research for adults, along with the Worling & Langstrom (2008) research on youth; some researchers suggest these factors may impact incest cases and mitigate treatment outcome.  More specifically, these factors can be mitigating in terms of therapeutic healing for clients, families and relationships as a form of restorative justice.  Addressing these issues effectively without shame can create a source of resiliency and reconnection. Furthermore, the research of Levenson & Prescott suggests that clients report the importance of targeting these factors in treatment, helps facilitate change.  By using, the apology process therapists can help solidify the change process by mobilizing the clients emotions while addressing responsibility & empathy.  Apology work stems from client responsibility, empathy and motivation often reaching the emotional domain.  There are different strategies for apology work for both youth and adults. The focus of this presentation is to review different strategies of apology work with or without families and relationships, for both youth and adults.  In this presentation, we will discuss key elements of the apology process along with specific steps for implementation.  Since most apology work involves empathy for victims; non punitive context of empathy is provided

2:45-3:00pm Break 


Session D – Culture and sexual aggression: Reflecting on conversations with professionals around the world

Presenter: Alejandro Leguízamo, Ph.D.

Room: Building E, E121 Dining Room

Description: ATSA’s Backchannel podcast has showcased conversation with experts in the field from around the world. In this session, we will discuss common themes as well as unique approaches used by professionals in different continents. Conversations held in the podcast have yielded interesting questions, such as the role of power/entitlement in paraphilic behavior, holding treatment in a divine space, the inclusion of cultural supervision along with clinical supervision, and the role masculinity plays in sexual aggression towards, and among, LBGTQ individuals.

Session E – What is Indiana doing with Best Practices?

Presenter: Amanda Pryor, MSW, LCSW, CSAYC,

Room: Building E, E108 Breakout Room

Description: Twenty years ago, Indiana faced poor communication, lack of coordination, lack of expertise and dismal outcomes for youth in need of specialized treatment for sexual behavior problems.  Realizing the great risk to families and the community, the state of Indiana took action to discover, establish, promote and train best practice assessment and intervention.  With the participation of providers, courts and national experts, a grass roots effort moved the state forward.  Indiana now has more than 300 master’s/doctoral level credentialed clinical providers and more than 200 non-clinical professional providers (e.g. probation officers, case managers, nurses, etc.).   Through this credentialing process, structured standards in working with youth with sexual behaviors and their families were developed.  This development led to streamlining effective services for youth across the state – resulting in a reduction in residential placements and greater emphasis on family reunification.  Come learn how Indiana created and developed their training and credentialing process consistent with ATSA best practices and how these practices are implemented and monitored in the state.

Session C, Part 2 of 2: Utilizing Apology Strategies In Family Re-unification 

Presenter: Mark Carich, Ph.D., and Ryan Weidenbenner, MA

Room: Building E, E106 Breakout Room

4:45-5:45pm Networking Event – No CEUS are provided for this session

During this session, all members are invited to a local restaurant to get to know other ILATSA members and conference attendees in a casual environment.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Workshop Description – Fri. March 18, 2022

9:00-12:15pm Keynote – Liam Marshall Ph.D., RP, ATSAF

Title: Effective treatment for those who have engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior.

Room: Building E, E121 Dining Room

A recent evaluation of the Rockwood treatment program for adult males who have engaged in sexual offending found our participants to have a statistically significantly lower rate of reoffending than did two groups matched for risk and time-at-risk, namely a Treatment As Usual and Untreated group (Olver et al., 2020). This statistically significant reduction in reoffending was also found for violent offending. In a subsequent report (Marshall & Marshall, 2021), we evaluated the costs versus benefits of providing this treatment in the Canadian federal prison system and found, besides less victimization, significant savings to the public. These results and the treatment program approach, content, and delivery will be described and discussed. 


12:15-1:15pm Lunch 

Session F – How to motivate and engage participants in sexual offender treatment

Presenter: Liam Marshall, Ph.D., RP, ATSAF

Room: Building E, Room E121 Dining Room

Research reported in the general psychological literature and the field of sexual offender treatment shows the benefits of motivating and engaging participants in therapy. Those who have committed sexual offences are often reluctant participants in therapy and are most commonly motivated by external pressures. Therapists who can transform this into internal motivation are more likely to see positive outcomes in terms of fewer dropouts from therapy and reduced rates of reoffending. In the late 1990s, at the request of the Canadian federal prison service, we designed and implemented a motivation preparatory program for inmates who had committed sexual offences. Evaluations of this program (Marshall et al., 2008) showed significant benefits to the prison service, and greater motivation for and engagement in subsequent treatment programs by the group participants. The approach taken and strategies used to enhance motivation and engagement also improved participation in our other treatment programs, and will be described in this workshop.


Session G – A Community Collaboration Model for the Prevention of Sexual Behaviors by Youth.

Room: Building E, Room E106

Presenter: Melissa Box, LCSW, LSOTP, LSOE

Research increasingly points to cross-sector community collaboration as having the greatest potential for effective public health prevention efforts in reducing violence, specifically violence toward children. This presentation will address emerging research in the prevention of child sexual abuse and youth sexual behavior problems, and describe key recommendations for a comprehensive prevention program grounded in multiple levels of the ecological model and nested in communities.

Session H – Therapeutic Use of Polygraph – Part I

Room: Building E, Room E108

Presenter: Rhonda Meacham, LCSW

This is part I of a two part session.  The appropriateness of the use of polygraph in the treatment and supervision of adults who have committed sex offenses is often a topic of debate, with one side of the argument focusing on the utility of the polygraph in encouraging honest engagement and increasing motivation to adhere to supervision, while the other side of the argument focuses on the harm of using coercive measures that could result in negative consequences to the client.  This workshop intends to strike a balance by exploring ways to implement the polygraph with collaboration from the client and using information gathered to enhance understanding of the client’s treatment and supervision needs versus communicating about, and utilizing information in a coercive, punitive manner.  The workshop will provide basic information regarding types of polygraphs, limitations of the tool, information gathering, identification of relevant issues, and using information to assist clients in understanding patterns and effective intervention.   

2:45-3:00pm Break 


Session J – Core Treatment Content: Addressing Dynamic Risk Factors

Presenter: Liam Marshall, Ph.D., RP, ATSAF

Room: Building E, Room E121 Dining Room 

In recent years, treatment for those who offend sexually has been moving toward a more positive approach with some guidance provided by, amongst others, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, and the Good Lives Model. As treatment has moved away from being deficit-focused and with the RNR model receiving validation for use with sexual offenders (Hanson et al., 2009), there has been a requirement for therapists working with sexual offenders to address criminogenic factors in a more positive way. However, the literature on effective strategies for addressing criminogenic factors in accordance with these models of therapy is lacking and there is confusion about what issues are actually criminogenic. This workshop will review the empirically identified criminogenic factors in sexual offenders and attempt to clarify issues, such as empathy and self-esteem, where there has been confusion about their criminogenic status and provide information on our approach to dealing with these and other criminogenic issues.

Session K – Engagement strategies for Problematic Sexual Behavior in Youth: From individual caregivers and youth to stakeholders and systems.

Presenter: Margaret Hensley, MSW, LCSW, and Margaret Moulton, MSW, LCSW

Room: Building E, Room E106

Description: Youth Outreach Services began partnering with the NCSBY and MST Associates in 2017 to provide evidence-based services to youth with problematic sexual behaviors in Cook County, IL. Since rolling out their program, YOS has built strong partnerships with the community and become local experts on problematic sexual behavior. Through these efforts, YOS has developed an effective and sustainable continuum of care for youth with PSB.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn culturally responsive strategies for engaging caregivers and youth from across various referral sources starting from initial contact. The presentation will identify the value of becoming a community expert in PSB as well as identifying common barriers to engagement and review strategies to overcome barriers with caregivers and stakeholders.  Margaret Moulton, LCSW

Clinical work with problematic sexual behavior in youth presents unique challenges around engagement of clients, caregivers and stakeholders. Participants in this presentation will have the opportunity to learn culturally responsive strategies for engaging caregivers and youth from across various referral sources starting from initial contact. The presentation will identify the value of becoming a community expert in PSB as well as identifying common barriers to engagement and review strategies to overcome barriers with caregivers and stakeholders. 

Session H (continued) – Therapeutic Use of Polygraph Part II

Presenter: Rhonda Meacham, LCSW

Room: Building E, Room E108

See Session H – Part I for a description. This is the second part of a two-part session. 

Sponsored by

Liberty Healthcare