Understanding How Prevention is Key to Impacting Firsttime Sexual Offending


  • Course Description

    The purpose of this presentation is to highlight efforts to stop first­time sexual offending by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers’ (ATSA) prevention committee, and frontline clinicians across the U.S.. This presentation is aimed to provide an overview and offer insights into ways that promote sexual abuse prevention from a “grassroots” perspective, as well as the overarching clinical ethical implications.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Discuss research relating to sexual abuse prevention; Articulate a clinician’s role in preventing sexual abuse; Describe the importance of promoting sexual abuse prevention from a public health perspective

  • Downloadable Audio Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or GooglePlay), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical annual subscription, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Continuing Education Approvals

    This course meets the requirements for Continuing Education credit hours by the American Psychological Association (APA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). See full list of Continuing Education Approvals below, as well as information about these approvals.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory, Intermediate

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once the course is completed, your certificate of completion will be available in your Clearly Clinical account, in the 'Certificates' section. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the Distance Learning Policies link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for five (5) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.

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Sex Offender Treatment Experts

Dr. Charles Flinton, LMFT #16095

Senior Instructor

Dr. Charles A. Flinton has been engaged in research, assessment, and treatment of child abuse since 1986. Since 1992, his work has focused on assessing and treating sexual offenders. His work includes consulting on the management of sexual offenders with various local and national organizations, including the Center on Sex Offender Management (CSOM), Generation 5, the National Organization of Women (NOW), and the California Sexual Offender Management Board (CASOMB). In 2004, he was appointed Co-Chair of the San Francisco Sex Offender Management Alliance (SFSOMA) by the San Francisco's Mayor's Office. In 2006, Dr. Flinton co-authored, "Engaging Resistance," a book that explores the manner in which sexual offenders resist change and how this resistance both mirrors and is facilitated by treatment providers, the criminal justice/child welfare systems, and society. In 2008, he founded the San Francisco Forensic Institute, a state-of-the-art forensic psychological assessment center. In 2010, as chair of the Adult Standards Committee of the California Coalition on Sexual Offending, he was the primary author for the “Guidelines and Best Practices: Adult Male Sex Offender Treatment.” Most recently, he co-founded the Blue Rock Institute, an organization aimed to prevent sexual abuse through early intervention and education. He is currently completing a manuscript on “The Institutionalization and De- Institutionalization of Sexual Offenders: A management and treatment planning guide for sex offender community reintegration.”

Cynthia Rinker, LMFT #37017

Senior Instructor

Cynthia Rinker is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who has spent the last 25 years working with various populations in the mental health field. She has worked in residential facilities for emotionally disturbed children and for adults with severe mental health diagnoses, and in a battered women’s shelter with women and their children. For 13 years, she worked in Child Welfare as a child welfare worker, supervisor, and program manager. Beginning in 2009, she returned to direct service providing therapy primarily with sexual offenders. After working in systems that only reacted to things that have already happened, she became interested in prevention. The scope of her practice then expanded to include people who were struggling with problematic sexual behavior that were not (yet) involved in the criminal justice system.

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