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Grooming Behaviors in Adult Sex Offenders: Safety, Prevention, and Recovery


Credit Available - See CEs/Contact Hours tab below.

Average Rating:
   65
Category:
Families and Couples
Trainer:
Doyle K. Pruitt, PhD, LCSW-R
Duration:
2 Hours 22 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Sep 21, 2021



Description

In understanding and addressing the grooming behaviors of adult sex offenders, professionals can work toward preventing future harm. This workshop provides the participant with an understanding of grooming behaviors by adult sex offenders as grounded in the empirical literature. To begin, the harmful impact grooming has on individuals (victim, family members of them and the offender), family systems, and communities will be discussed. From there, we will undergo an in-depth exploration into the methods sex offenders use to groom child victim’s, their family, and the environments the victim and offender are embedded within. Combined with a comprehensive review of the stages of grooming, participants will walk away with the knowledge necessary to recognize grooming behaviors when working with either a potential child victim or adult and skills to intervene across professional roles.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the impact grooming has on individuals, family systems, and communities.
  2. Identify the types of grooming behaviors utilized by adult sex offenders.
  3. Recognize the various stages of grooming by adult sex offenders.
  4. Formulate effective intervention strategies to address grooming behaviors by adult sex offenders in a variety of professional roles.

Research: Research information about this program can be found on the following websites:

  1. Wolf, M. R., Linn, B. K., & Pruitt, D. K. (2018). Grooming child victims into sexual abuse: a psychometric analysis of survivors’ experiences. Journal of sexual aggression, 24(2), 215-224.
  2. Wolf, M. R., & Pruitt, D. K. (2019). Grooming hurts too: the effects of types of perpetrator grooming on trauma symptoms in adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Journal of child sexual abuse, 28(3), 345-359.
  3. Winters, G.M., & Jeglic, E.L. (2017). Stages of sexual grooming: Recognizing predatory behaviors of child molesters. Deviant Behavior, 38(6), 724-733.
  4. McAlinden, A.M. (2012). Grooming and the sexual abuse of children: Institutional, internet, and familial dimensions. Oxford University Press.
  5. Episode 132 - Dr. Doyle Pruitt: Understanding and Responding to Youth Who Engage in Sexual Harm. (2013, November 25). inSocialWork Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast] Retrieved from http://www.socialwork.buffalo.edu/podcast/episode.asp?ep=132

Target Audience: social workers, mental health practitioners, creative arts therapists, marriage and facility therapists, psychologists, addiction professionals, case managers, and other interested individuals.

Customer Service

We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.


CEs/Contact Hours


NYSED LMSW & LCSW CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 2.75


NYSED LMHC CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0008. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 2.75


NYSED LMFT CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0007. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 2.75


NYSED LCAT CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0003. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 2.75


NYSED PSY CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0062. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 2.75


UBSW - NYS OASAS

NYS OASAS Provider #0045: 2.75 hours for CPP & CPS Initial Hours, Section 1; CASAC, CPP & CPS Renewal.



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Trainer

Doyle K. Pruitt, PhD, LCSW-R's Profile

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Dr. Pruitt is a psychotherapist in private practice with 19years of experience. Her clinical practice has included a specialized focus on children, youth, and families; interpersonal trauma; and juvenile delinquency in both community based and residential settings. Dr. Pruitt serves as a forensic evaluator and expert witness for victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, consultant on trauma informed care and intervention practices to child welfare organizations and adult treatment facilities, and clinical supervisor to graduate level practitioners and students. Dr. Pruitt’s research focuses on the grooming behaviors of adult sex offenders, differential impact trauma has on individuals, and various interventions intended to address this. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences, and has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters related to trauma and sexual aggression.


Equipment Requirements

Required Hardware
- A computer (desktop/laptop) or mobile device (smartphone/tablet).


Internet Connection
- A stable Internet connection of 56K or greater is required. (However, please note that a 56K connection may degrade the quality of your experience.)


Any questions about these requirements or other technical questions can be directed to sw-ce@buffalo.edu.

Completion Requirements

No partial credit is given for partial attendance.

Self-Study Completion Requirements 

In order to receive a certificate of completion for this course participants must complete the following.

Please note all requirements can be found in your UBCE21 portal

- Watch the video(s) in it's entirety. 

- After the training, take and pass the quiz with a score of 80% or higher. Participants have three chances to pass the quiz. You can access the quiz by clicking on the "Evaluation and Certificate" button for this course. 

- After the training, complete the evaluation by clicking on the "Evaluation and Certificate" button for this course.

- The certificate of completion will be immediately generated in your account upon verification of completion of all course requirements listed above. Certificates may be downloaded, printed, or left in your account.

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