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Anna Salter, Ph.D.

Anna Salter, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University. During the past twenty years, she has held a variety of clinical, research and teaching positions at Dartmouth Medical School and Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. She is currently a consultant with the Department of Corrections and in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Salter has written scores of journal articles, produced two videos on sex offenders and written four books including, Treating Child Sex Offenders and Victims and Transforming Trauma: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. She has addressed major conference groups throughout the world and has been the recipient of numerous grants for research on sexual offenders. In 1997, Dr. Salter was honored by (ATSA) The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers with their Significant Lifetime Achievement Award. Anna  Salter, Ph.D.

Programs Featuring Anna Salter, Ph.D.

Sex Offenders: New Methods of Evaluation and Treatment
The 1990's have seen the steady development of new methods of assessing and treating sex offenders. A series of new static actuarial instruments have been created for assessing risk as well as dynamic instruments for measuring progress in sex offenders in treatment. Most recently, instruments applicable to offenders on probation have been added to the steadily increasing number of actuarial instruments for incarcerated offenders. On the treatment side, changes in the concept of relapse prevention have broadened our understanding of offenders who are positively attracted to reoffending in addition to those who are trying to avoid it. Efforts have been underway to develop new treatment programs for psychopaths, as previous efforts have shown little positive impact from treatment, and in fact, have sometimes increased recidivism rates after treatment for psychopathic offenders. This workshop will focus on the most recent advances in the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders, including child molesters, rapists, psychopaths and sadists. It will address, in addition, the question of staff predators: offenders who seduce and manipulate staff in treatment programs and describe techniques used for manipulating staff.

Assessing and Treating Sexual Offenders
This workshop will focus on current research and issues related to sex offender assessment and treatment. Risk assessment, in particular, has changed in the last two years. Revisions to Static99 introduced in the fall of 2009 have highlighted the issue of risk in older offenders. This workshop will discuss these changes along with a discussion of the exceptions to the general trend of reduced offending in older offenders, i.e., cases in which older offenders have reoffended recently. The role of pornography will be described along with a discussion of child pornography and its relationship to sexual offending. Of particular concern is whether those who use child pornography typically have hands-on victims or not. The content on treatment will begin with discussion of the new Good Lives Model, its strengths and weaknesses and its status in relapse prevention as the treatment of choice for sexual offenders. The literature on treatment components will be addressed including which treatments appear to reduce offending and which do not. This program is designed for any individual doing assessment and treatment with sexual offenders or wanting a better understanding of the state of the science.