Most professionals have no idea about what they don't know about sex offenders. In this workshop, Dr. Sullivan will challenge some of the myths which exist about perpetrators and the level of risk they actually pose to children in our society. If we don’t understand how individuals sexually exploit children and groom the protective adults in their world we cannot effectively implement child safeguarding. Professionals who enhance their knowledge of offender behavior can recognize situations where children might be at risk or engage more effectively with perpetrators, victims, and their families. When we understand the complexity and subtleties of the problem we can better implement policies and procedures within our organizations and ensure effective safeguarding for all. Using video of interviews with sex offenders, this presentation provides fascinating insights into the motivations, thoughts, and behaviors of child sex offenders. Prepare to have your eyes opened.
Understand the role fantasy plays in the offending process.
Understand the role and function of grooming.
Identify some of the common mistakes professionals make when working with perpetrators.