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Going Upstream: Ideas for Exploring Client Strengths and Motivations In this brief workshop, Mr. Prescott will offer ideas for understanding the underlying motivations of harmful behaviors. He will draw on principles from self-determination theory, motivational interviewing, and the good lives model. Discussion of your challenging cases is encouraged! At the conclusion of this Lunch and […]

Every day, young people are deceived, manipulated, coerced, and forced into the commercial sex industry. This multibillion dollar industry is inherently harmful, and systematically targets the most vulnerable in our communities. This event is hosted by My Life My Choice whose mission it is to end exploitation. The training gives service providers, law enforcement, and […]

The National Symposium on Sexual Behavior of Youth: Be a Voice, Not an Echo Professionals and parents continue to use myths and misunderstandings as the base of decisions on problematic and illegal sexual behavior of children and adolescents.  Adults worry about addressing sexual topics and yet youth continue to be inundated with graphic sexual images […]

Understanding the Importance of Protective Factors in our Work with Youth and Emerging Adults Following a critical review of the risk-focused tools and approaches that have been popular for many years, we will review some of the emerging research regarding protective factors—factors that protect against sexually abusive behavior. We will then briefly discuss the development […]

Using Superheroes to Address Trauma, Loss, and Resilience: Lessons from The Batman Group At their most basic level the appeal to identifying with superheroes is that they are empowering. However, in the origins of almost every superhero story there is usually trauma and loss and quite often the loss of an important attachment figure. Harrington […]

Preventing Sexual Violence Through Assessment, Treatment and Safe Management Save the Date: April 12-13, 2023 MASOC is the Massachusetts Society for a World Free of Sexual Harm by Youth. Since our founding in 1986, MASOC has provided education and training services to professionals; educated  legislators on emerging issues; and coordinated efforts with the partners critical […]

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents with Problem Sexual Behavior Child sexual abuse is a significant public health problem and problematic sexual behavior (PSB) is most likely to emerge during adolescence. While research shows that these youth have high rates of adversity, once they have sexually harmed another child, their own trauma histories are often […]

Racial Disparities of Autism Spectrum Disorders and its Relation to PSB This workshop will provide an overview of the recent literature which suggests that structural racism exists in the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Namely, studies have demonstrated that children who are BIPOC or who are from low-income families experience significantly […]