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Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders

Broadcast Date: December 11, 2013
Course Code: A08


Stephen Zerby, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC


Program Description:

This program is intended for professionals beginning to explore juvenile sexual offender (JSO) assessment and treatment. Participants will be given an introduction to the unique assessment and treatment of JSOs as compared to other populations that present to mental health professionals. JSO treatment has moved beyond the relapse prevention model of addiction. Providers of treatment to this demanding population must understand the importance of individual treatment planning in light of the diversity of mental health disorders which are often coexisting, including educational / learning disorders or limited intellectual capacity. Participants will leave the program asking for additional material and training, feeling hopeful toward this population, and will be more prepared to expand their interest and knowledge.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Delineate differences between criminogenic, mental health, and sexually deviant sexual abusers.
  • Identify four differences between general psychological assessment and specific JSO evaluations.
  • Demonstrate awareness of concomitant mental health and learning disorders that JSOs present which affect assessment and treatment.
  • List four specific psychosexual assessments utilized with JSOs.
  • Describe the purpose of actuarial risk assessments and identify four risk assessments, and the utilization of each.
  • Describe the importance of polygraph as an assessment and treatment tool.
  • Recognize the importance and role of medications with sexual abusers, including antidepressant and adjunctive medications in the treatment of JSOs.

Target Audience:

This is an introductory program for all mental health, drug and alcohol and juvenile justice professionals work with juvenile sex offenders

Continuing Education Credits:

ACT 48 2.0

CADC 2.0


NCC 2.0


Psychologist 2.0

SW 2.0

CEU 0.2

We are pleased to offer Act 48, CADC,  NCC, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact
Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



The announced credit hours for each program can be applied to your training hours for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



The indicated number of clock hours are approved by the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Adult Residential Licensing. These clock hours may count towards the 24 hours of annual training for administrators required in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (relating to personal care homes).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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