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Diagnosing Paraphilias: Strategies and Considerations for Assessing Those Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses

When:   November 7, 2024
Time:   11:00 am-2:15 pm ET
Format:   Live interactive training offered via Zoom
Credit:   3 CE Credit Hours
Cost of training and CE certificate:   $90
CE Eligibility: Psychology, Social Work, Counseling
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Timed Agenda
You must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation to be eligible for CE credits. If you seek only psychology credits, the evaluation is optional, and you can remain anonymous.

Diagnosing paraphilias can be challenging due to the evolving definitions and criteria across diagnostic manuals, leading to discrepancies in classification and diagnosis. Additionally, distinguishing between paraphilic interests and paraphilic disorders—as well as addressing the potential misuse of diagnostic criteria—further complicates the process.

During this training, Dr. Michael Miner, Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, addresses the criteria and processes of diagnosing paraphilias and paraphilic disorders as described in the DSM-5-TR.  He covers historical and current definitions, clarifies the differences between paraphilias and disorders, focuses on pedophilia considerations, and guides attendees through diagnosing various paraphilias, such as sexual sadism and voyeurism, with insights on applying DSM-5-TR criteria effectively.

Importantly, this training explores the misuses of diagnosis, both in terms of misapplied criteria and the use/misuse of the Other Specified and Other Unspecified Paraphilic Disorder categories.  Dr. Miner includes a special focus on the specifiers related to coercion and hebephilia.  He also explores the use of self-reporting, phallometry, and viewing time measures in making paraphilic disorder diagnoses. This includes a review of the strengths and weaknesses of each of these methods.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be better able to:

1) Explain the difference between paraphilic interest and paraphilic disorder.
2) Describe the criteria for diagnosing different paraphilias and common misdiagnoses.
3) Describe the uses and misuses of Other Specified and Other Non-specified paraphilias.
4) Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of procedures used to aid the diagnosis of paraphilias, including self-reporting, phallometric assessment, and viewing time assessments.
5) Apply the criteria described in DSM-5-TR to rule in or out common paraphilias encountered in assessing and treating those who have committed sexual offenses.

Audience

This training is for professionals working with people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level

Intermediate/Advanced

Disclosure

The presenter(s) does not have have published materials related to the training from which they may benefit financially.

Cancellations

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Approval

American Psychological Association (APA)
Safer Society Foundation, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Safer Society Foundation, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Diagnosing Paraphilias: Strategies and Considerations for Assessing Those Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Safer Society Foundation, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4526.

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
Diagnosing Paraphilias: Strategies and Considerations for Assessing Those Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses, Course #5741, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Safer Society Foundation, Inc. as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 5/20/2024 – 5/20/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits.

Who's Presenting


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Michael Miner, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Minnesota

Michael Miner is Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.  He began his sexual violence research work in California’s Sex Offender Treatment and Evaluation Project and, since joining the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (previously the Program in Human Sexuality: PHS), his research has focused on the etiology of sexual abuse perpetration in adolescence, risk assessment, and sexual compulsivity. Dr. Miner coordinated adult sexual offender treatment until 2008 and forensic assessment services until 2020. He is Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and past Vice President of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders.  Dr. Miner was on several editorial boards before retiring and continues on the editorial board of Sexual Abuse.  He served as Associate Editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment until 2015 and received ATSA’s Lifetime Significant Achievement Award in 2020.

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