Understanding how prevention is key to impacting first-time 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

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

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

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at info@clearlyclinical.com and we will do our best to assist you.


Sex Offender Treatment Experts

Dr. Charles Flinton, LMFT #16095

Sex Offender Treatment Expert

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

Sex Offender Treatment Expert

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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