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What can we learn from the behaviour of individuals who may have a sexual interest in children?
Whilst few professionals can ever know the actual thoughts and behaviour of those who commit sexual crimes against children, this training enables practitioners to identify indicators that indicates sexual harm is occurring, has occurred or is being prepared for.
This course explores the psychology of child sex offenders and provides participants with a practical framework for recognising and correctly interpreting offender behaviour. Key learning points arm professionals to engage more effectively with offenders and/or to safeguard children in their care.
Topics covered include:
What Participants Gain
This course is essential for all those who work with children, have a safeguarding responsibility and want to develop a culture of safety within their organisation. It also provides core knowledge and skills for those who work either directly or indirectly with offenders and their families.
Feedback has shown us that those who work with victims and their families have benefitted hugely from this training; by the end of the course, participants are able to:
"Extremely engaging presentation, fascinating content, captivated by the information presented from beginning to end, though harrowing at times."
- Social Worker
"I found the course to be extremely compelling, it has forced me to reassess how I see offenders and consider the development of their offending behaviour rather than focus on an instance of offending in isolation."
- Police Officer
"Excellent training! Really looking forward to participating in the training in the future. Joe is so easy to listen to and is positively captivating."
- Social Worker
Dr Sullivan is a Registered Forensic Psychologist, holding a PhD in Forensic Psychology, a Masters Degree in Criminology, a Diploma in Psychology, a Degree in applied Social Sciences, and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. Dr Sullivan is an honorary lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Dr Sullivan has worked with police officers, social workers, probation officers, faith groups and educationalists to provide insights into the motivations, thoughts and behaviours of child sex offenders. He undertakes assessments for Social Service Departments, Probation, Churches and Education bodies and is an expert witness in the criminal, civil and family courts.
Dr Sullivan has worked extensively in law enforcement, assisting police forces with investigations into the sexually motivated abduction, murder and assault of children. Dr Sullivan was the Chief Forensic Psychologist in the Behaviour Analysis Unit at CEOP, receiving a Chief Constable's Commendation for his contribution to the investigation of the sexually motivated abduction and murder of a child in 2001.
Dr Sullivan has also undertaken assessment and therapeutic intervention work with women who sexually abuse children and adults accused or suspected of professional sexual misconduct. Part of his work also includes the assessment and treatment of adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
Dr Sullivan has published and presented papers to national and international conferences on the techniques he uses for engaging, assessing and interviewing sexual offenders.