DECLINE IN JUVENILE SEXUAL RECIDIVISM RATES: IMPLICATIONS FOR ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
DR. MICHAEL F. CALDWELL
May 7, 2018 9:10 am
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.
- 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
HELP WANTED: A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO THE PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Dr. Ryan T. Shields, Ph.D.
May 8, 2018 9:10 am
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.
- 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 behavior 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.