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Arkansas Association
for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
11th Annual Conference:
Collaboration in the Treatment and
Management of Sexual Abuse
December 6th and 7th 2018
Fayetteville, AR
Featured Speaker:
Michael H. Miner, Ph.D., LP
Past-President  of A.T.S.A.
University of Minnesota, Program in Human
Michael H. Miner, Ph.D., L.P. is Professor of Family Medicine and
Community Health and Research Director for the Program in Human
Sexuality at the University of Minnesota.  He began his work in sex
offender research as the experimental psychologist for California’s Sex
Offender Treatment and Evaluation Project and since joining the
Program in Human Sexuality, his research has focused on the etiology
of sexual abuse perpetration in adolescence, risk assessment, and
sexual compulsivity. Dr. Miner coordinated adult sex offender
treatment at PHS until 2008 and currently coordinates forensic
assessment services. He is immediate 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 is on the editorial board of Archives of Sex Research and past
Associate Editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and
Treatment.  He has been the editor, along with Dr. Eli Coleman, of two
books: Sexual Offender Treatment: Biopsychosocial Perspectives and
Sex Offender Treatment: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Future
Directions, and an editor of International Perspectives on the
Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders.  He was also guest
editor for a special issue of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and
Treatment entitled “Treatment Outcome Research.”  Dr. Miner has
published numerous articles and book chapters on sex offender
treatment, forensic assessment, instrument development, and
evaluation methodology.
Online Registration Open

Paper Registration
Conference Registration Fees

ATSA Member                     $100
Non ATSA Members           $135
Student Registration           $50
Onsite Registration Fee      $175
Booth Sponsorships             $300
Speakers Dinner/Booth     $600
Break Sponsor                      $150
The conference will be held at the
ATSA Conference
Room Rate of $99

The Chancellor Hotel
70 North East Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Hotel: 479-442-5555
                                          Conference Program


Registration  (Breakfast on Your Own)

8:30-10:00 Michael Miner, Ph.D. L.P.
Attachment and How it Relates to Sexual Offending Behavior in
Adolescent Males (Theory and Data)

Over the last 15 years, researchers at the Program in Human Sexuality have been exploring
the application of attachment theory to understanding the perpetration of sexual abuse
and sexual aggression by adolescent males.  These studies have included comparisons of
various categories of adolescents who have perpetrated sexual offenses:  those with child
victims, those with peer/adult victims, and those with only hands off offences; and have
compared these groups with boys who committed non-sexual crimes and boys in treatment
for substance use or other mental health disorders.  This presentation will start with a
description of attachment theory and related concepts of attachment behavior,
attachment style and internal working models.  The findings from our studies will be
presented which provide a model for how parental behavior, attachment style, and
adolescent social interactions influence the development of sexually abusive and/or
sexually coercive behavior.  The findings form the basis for exploring the structure and
targets for interventions aimed at treatment of adolescents.  We have found that, while
there are some differences between sexual offending adolescent boys and boys with other
problems, there are many more similarities.  We have also found that there are differences in
risk factors across boys who have committed different types of sexual offenses and that
those with child victims differ from those with peer/adult victims on many of the same
factors in which they differ from boys whose crimes were non-sexual.  Our work builds on the
meta-analysis by Seto and Lalumière (2010) in that we have fleshed out the contribution of
attachment theory, further explored issues of social interaction and social involvement, and
can discuss how sexuality and early childhood sexual trauma may influence different types
of acting out or problematic behavior.

The presentation will focus on the therapeutic implications of our research.  I hope to
challenge some long-standing assumptions and use our findings to provide a basis for
thinking about adolescent sexual offending behavior within the context of adolescent
development.  A more broad-brush concept that sets adolescent sexual offending within
the context of other problematic sexual behavior, other delinquent behavior, and
internalizing problems of youth will be presented

10:00-10:30        Morning Break

10:30-12:00  Michael Miner, Ph.D. L.P.
Attachment and How it Relates to Sexual Offending (Theory and Data

12:00-1:30        Lunch on Your Own
AR ATSA Members Business Meeting/Luncheon

1:30-3:00     Michael Miner, Ph.D. L.P.
Attachment and How it Relates to Sexual Offending (Data and Clinical

3:00-3:30        Afternoon Break

3:30-5:00      Michael Miner, Ph.D. L.P.
Hypersexuality/Sexual Addiction
Out of control sexual behavior has been conceptualized using a number of different
constructs.  These constructs include addiction, compulsivity, impulsivity, and sexual drive.  
While there are overlaps between the major conceptualizations put forward to
characterize hypersexual, or out of control sexual behavior, each conceptualization has
unique implications for the underlying mechanisms that might drive the observed behavior.  
The most prominent, in both the professional and popular literature is sexual addiction and
to lesser extent, compulsive sexual behavior or sexual compulsivity.  This talk will explore the
results from a comprehensive study of the underlying mechanisms that were exhibited by a
sample of men who have sex with men.  The talk will explore the implications of two sets of
data, laboratory tasks measuring top down cognitive control and laboratory and self-report
measures of sexual arousal and sexual inhibition.  These findings will be discussed within the
context of the existing models of hypersexuality and the implications for understanding
sexual dyscontrol.


        Registration (Breakfast on Your Own)

     Michael Miner, Ph.D. L.P.
Use of Digital Technology and Issues with Limited Access
This presentation will discuss the many questions raised by the technological advances of
the last two decades.  It will explore the research that has been conducted on adult and
adolescent use of web-based, other internet, and smart phone technology.  We will further
explore the growing body of research on internet-based sexual offending and what it tells
us about the nature of such behavior.  This research will be discussed within the context of
sex offender supervision, opportunities for primary and secondary prevention, and the role of
various strategies for limiting, monitoring, or prohibiting computer access

10:00-10:30        Morning Break

10:30-12:00        Michael Miner, Ph.D. L.P.
Use of Digital Technology and Issues with Limited Access

12:00-1:30        Lunch on your own

1:30-3:00   Sheri Flynn, MS, LSW & J. Michael Wood, Ph.D.
Adult Track: Community Notification and the Importance of
Individualized Assessment

1:30-3:00 Skip Hoggard, LPE-I
Adolescent Track: Adolescent Brain Development and the Risk-Need-
Responsivity Model

3:00-3:30        Afternoon Break

3:30-4:30   Sam Wallace, Ph.D. LPC
Adult Track: Assessment of Dynamic Risks in Adult Offenders with the
Stable 2007       

3:30-5:00 Anh Đào Kolbe, LCSW
Adolescent Track: Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender &
Gender-Nonconforming People