Gerry D. Blasingame, Psy.D., is a California licensed marriage and family therapist. For the last twenty-nine years he has worked with adults and adolescents, with and without developmental disabilities, who have offended sexually, and with victims of abuse and sexual assault. Gerry has authored several articles, chapters, and books including Developmentally Disabled Persons with Sexual Behavior Problems, second edition (2005) and An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sexual Behaviors, and Therapeutic Interventions (2011). Gerry is a current member of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers), and a past member of the ATSA Board as the Pacific Region Representative. Gerry is also past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the California Coalition on Sexual Offending. Gerry was appointed to the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) in 2007, and is the chairperson of the CASOMB Treatment Committee.
Gerry provides training and consultation services nationally for several institutions, residential programs, and community based programs and clinicians regarding adults and adolescents. Gerry has presented at numerous conferences as well. Gerry enjoys hiking and nature photography in his spare time.
Niki Delson, LCSW, widely recognized for her work with victims and perpetrators of interpersonal family violence, has spent more than thirty years as a clinical social worker, educator, consultant and writer. “I did not wake up one morning thinking this is what I want to do for a living. I did not find this work- it found me.”
After ten years working with children whose parental rights were terminated because of abuse and neglect, at a time when sexual abuse was first gaining recognition as a national shame, Niki Delson began talking with children, their abusers, non- offending partners and community leaders looking for interventions that would promote healing and provide community safety.
Niki helped develop one of California’s first Child Welfare Training Academies, created the first treatment program for sexually abused children in rural California, and along with her partner Ron Kokish, brought research based sex offender treatment to the state. Their program was the first in California to obtain court recognition for polygraphs as a treatment requirement.
Niki’s pioneer work with sexual offenders “Using Conscience as a guide: Enhancing sex offender treatment in the moral domain” published in 2003, bridges the public’s outrage and moral panic to issues of community safety, professional ethics and treatment.Ms Delson presents workshops for three California Child Welfare Training Academies, trains educators, foster parents, mental health providers, adoptive parents, probation/ parole officers, and law enforcement officers. She has been a speaker at major national and international conferences.
Caprice D. Haverty, Ph.D. (CA PSY 13202) is the co-director of A Step Forward, Inc. (ASF) in Concord, California. For over 25 years, she has treated sexual trauma survivors, non-offending parents (NOP), and adult sexual offenders (ASO) in individual and group sessions; she also works with families and communities to facilitate sex offender re-entry and re-unification. She co-created and currently directs ASF’s NOP and ASO treatment programs. Dr. Haverty has also been providing treated ASOs with a program she created in 2008 called CORR™ (Community of Ongoing Resource & Resolution). CORR is a free, drop-in, monthly, program that supports ASOs lifetime commitment to a relapse-free lifestyle. Dr. Haverty is a member of the California Coalition on Sex Offending (CCOSO) and the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). She regularly speaks at professional and educational venues and has published in CCOSO’s quarterly newsletter, “Perspectives.” Dr. Haverty provides expert forensic testimony and has consulted with and been interviewed by local radio stations and organizations who serve as advocates for survivors of sexual abuse. In 1989, she received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology following original research on the adult symptoms of childhood physical and sexual abuse among incarcerated women. She also maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California.
Dr. Norbert Ralph, Ph.D (CA PSY 5907) is a clinical psychologist at the Juvenile Justice Center in San Francisco, Coordinator of the Juvenile Sexual Responsibility Program, Coordinator for the Juvenile Court Alienist Panel, Coordinator for Psychological Training, and Chair of the Competency Evaluation Committee. Dr. Ralph is also a psychiatric epidemiologist, and neuropsychologist, who has authored 30 articles, book chapters, or books. He was formerly Associate Clinical Professor in Family Practice, University of California School of Medicine at Davis, and Lecturer and Research Biostatistician in the Program in Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Trainer for Aggression Replacement Training, through the California Institute for Mental Health. He is the Chair of the Research Committee for the California Coalition on Sexual Offending. His a member of the Quality Management Committee, AllCare Independent Physicians Association. His a founding board member and Treasurer of the East Bay Children’s Law Offices which provides legal services to foster children in Alameda County. He provided consultation and training for the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Judicial Council of California, and consultation to Tribunal de Justiça de Santa Catarina, Florinapolis, Brazil. He is the Chair of Research Committee for CCOSO.
Robert M. Land, PsyD, MFT Is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice for 15 years seeing a wide variety of clients, including adults, men/women/children and families, with a special emphasis on men/boys and their families. He is a Certified Independent Practitioner with the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB). Earlier in his career, he managed the Giaretto Program through EMQ Children and Family Services, treating both sexual abusers and the sexually abused. He worked and managed programs in a variety of facets of EMQ, including UPLIFT, Outpatient, Wraparound and Crisis. Subsequent to EMQ, he was with Kaiser working in adolescent treatment. His work has included adults, teens and youth, and he has worked with the Santa Clara County Juvenile Courts, to develop consistent and through evaluation and treatment for juvenile offenders. He conducts psychological evaluations for the court, as well as for the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS). He also performs private evaluations and has performed expert forensic testimony. As a long-standing member of CCOSO, Dr. Land has advocated for appropriate mental health treatment for the offender population, with a special emphasis on teens and young adults. He has been a presenter at the annual CCOSO Conference and was the Chair developing guidelines for the treatment of sexually abusive adolescents, which was adopted as a CCOSO position paper. He is a guest trainer at JFK University’s counseling and internship program. He is trained in a wide variety of modalities, including Ericksonian Hypnosis and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). He is also a member of the APA, and EMDRIA. He recognized the need for easily available on-line options for specialized and professional training and launched PsychAcademy.net in 2013, as an accredited APA/BBS/CASOMB Continuing Education (CE) provider.
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