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Saturday, November 7 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Sexual Offenders in Art Therapy: Dynamic Risk Factors

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ROOM 715

This paper presentation will provide an overview of the applications of art therapy in the sex offender population, and how it is implemented at a psychiatric-forensic facility with civilly committed sex offenders. The presenter will discuss how art therapy is utilized in the group setting to address dynamic risk factors such as dysfunctional self-evaluation, callousness, belief in the deceitfulness of women, and a lack of emotionally intimate relationships with adults. Instruments such as the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, Hostility Towards Women Scale, and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale will be introduced, as well as examples of art therapy directives used in the treatment of this population. Patient artwork and self-reports will be shown to illustrate how these directives are implemented, which will lead to a discussion on their impact, limitations, and applications with other forensic populations.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Amy Pfenning, MPS, ATR

Amy Pfenning, MPS, ATR, earned her master's in art therapy from Pratt Institute in 1999. She works at Coalinga State Hospital, a California treatment facility for sex offenders known as sexually violent predators. Amy has worked at the hospital since 2005 where she manages the... Read More →

Marian Husted, MScAT

Marian Husted, MScAT, received her master's in art therapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006. She worked in hospice care for all ages at Marie Curie Hospice and the Royal Edinburgh Psychiatric Hospital with anorexic youth. Marian also worked with inner-city... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am PST
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)