Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse

Training & Events

One of the principle aims of ANZATSA is to initiate or support professional development throughout Australia and New Zealand. This is achieved by a range of events, such as through the ANZATSA Biennial conference, through formal training workshops, and through cell group presentations. The Training Sub-Committee is always keen to hear ideas and to consider proposals for training events. 

Coming Workshops

Prime Forensic Psychology training

Keeping The Brain In Mind: Utilising Neurodevelopment And Sensorimotor Interventions To Address The Impacts Of Trauma On Learning And Behaviour With Our Complex Young Clients”: This training looks at the connections between dysfunctional early life experiences and problematic behavior by examining what we know about the neurological impact of early trauma and insecure attachment relationships on children and adolescents. We will present a treatment approach which seeks to integrate the brain and body based research on trauma and attachment and our understanding of “healthy” childhood development with an emphasis placed on interventions that help the child achieve developmental progress rather than those that “solely” look to find a means for stopping negative behavior.

Lunchtime Webinar Series: March 6th 2018 (12-2pm) and 13th 2018 (12-3pm). Dr. James Worling: The inclusion of protective factors in assessments for youth who engage in sexually abusive behaviours: Development and use of the PROFESOR (Protective -Risk Observations For Eliminating Sexual Offense Recidivism).  Two webinar sessions totalling five hours.  The first two-hour session provides a brief overview of the myths and assumptions that have shaped assessment and treatment, limitations of current risk prediction tools and looks at emerging research regarding factors that are protective against sexual abuse recidivism.  This workshop concludes with an outline of the goals for the PROFESOR.  The second three hour session provides  participants with detailed instructions on the use of the PROFESOR and opportunities to practice applying coding rules using case examples. Jim takes you through the PROFESOR in depth, including practicing deriving summary category ratings and next steps.  

Real time live group supervision via webinar with Dr Russ Pratt.  Two groups - 'beginning to intermediate' and 'high intermediate to advanced'. Five 90-minute sessions over ten weeks. Practical case-based and issues-based supervision suitable for all levels of experience. Russ is a registered Forensic Psychologist supervisor, however these supervision groups would also be suitable for social-work trained practitioners.  Ideal for practitioners who want to have the experience of group supervision but don't know where to access a group. These sessions will enhance your practice skills, providing you with skills and tools to 'go deeper' into the work. Can be used as part of registration requirements for College membership, call Russ for details about this. Another great way to fulfill the requirements for your professional development hours. 

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A training day for clinicians working with youth exhibiting challenging behaviours

When: 28/05/2019
Cost: $280.00

Available discounts

Member discount - $20.00 off

The ‘Wizard Skills’ program. A DBT-based recreational therapy program to enhance learning skills both during and after therapeutic treatment

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Past Workshops

Offence Paralleling Behaviour: A case formulation based approach for offender assessment, treatment and progress monitoring (New Zealand)

Offence Paralleling Behaviour (OPB) case formulations look systematically at the relationship between current day-to-day functioning and the way an individual was functioning at the time of the offence. This information is used to inform risk assessment and intervention.

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Offence Paralleling Behaviour: A case formulation based approach for offender assessment, treatment and progress monitoring

Offence Paralleling Behaviour (OPB) case formulations look systematically at the relationship between current day-to-day functioning and the way an individual was functioning at the time of the offence. This information is used to inform risk assessment and intervention.

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The Forensic Assessment of Sexual Deviance

The assessment of sexual deviance and paraphilic disorders is an important and often controversial topic in forensic mental health. While some have persuasively argued that sexual behaviour should not be pathologised in such a fashion, meta-analytic results have consistently indicated that sexual deviance is the most potent group of risk...

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Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk in adults

The Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk (SAPROF, 2009) was specifically designed for the structured assessment of protective factors for violence risk in adults. It has been developed for use in conjunction with violence risk-focused risk assessment tools, such as the HCR-20V3.

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Attachment-based practice with adults who have committed sexual abuse - Auckland

A 2 day course facilitated by Clark Baim - Co-Director, Birmingham Institute for Psychodrama, UK.

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Working with Registered Sex Offenders: Not just police business

Dr Karla Lopez is the Senior Forensic Psychologist for the Sex Offender Registry within the State Intelligence Division at Victoria Police. Over her 15 years of work in the sex offender field she has been involved in therapeutic, program development and community supervision roles pertaining to a range of offender...

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Applying knowledge of sexual offender typologies and deviancy to the assessment, treatment and management of offenders

ANZATSA one-day training course

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Advanced Therapeutic Approaches with Child Sex Offenders

William L. Marshall, OC and Liam Marshall are presenting a one-day workshop that is a unique professional development opportunity for practitioners who have experience working therapeutically with child sex offenders. The content will identify the elements that make treatment effective such as (1) treatment targets, (2) best practice procedures to...

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Kent Internet Risk Assessment Tool (KIRAT)

Monday 6th May 2013, 9.00 to 12.00 The day will cover the following

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Full Day Seminar in Melbourne ~ Working with Children and Adolescents Displaying Inappropriate Sexual Behaviours

Full Day Seminar in Melbourne

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Applying the Good Lives Model in the Treatment of Sexual Offenders

The Good Lives Model (GLM) of offender rehabilitation is a complementary approach to cognitive-behavioral treatment of sexual offenders that has been integrated with comprehensive risk-based intervention for the treatment and management of sexual offenders. The GLM is a strength-based approach that focuses on the development of individuals’ capacity to attain...

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Children with Sexual Behaviour Issues

This workshop will show assessment strategies using the NEATS, which is a child and family assessment that covers neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation. These are areas of child development that researchers and practitioners have identified as fundamental. This assessment will be sex specific, using richly described typologies.

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Past Conferences & Symposia

The Australia New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse is dedicated to community protection and safety, through the promotion of professional standards, practices and education in sexual abuse prevention, assessment, intervention and research. Key activities in achieving these aims are the biennial ANZATSA conferences which provide members and colleagues opportunities to share in current evidence based research and practice.

1st Biennial Conference Hobart, Australia 2000
2nd Biennial Conference Working With People Who Sexually Abuse: What Measures Success?: Clinical Practice, Theoretical Developments and Evaluations Sydney, Australia 4-6 April, 2002
3rd Biennial Conference Sexual Abuse and Sexual Offending: The Whole Picture Auckland, New Zealand 15-17 April, 2004
4th Biennial Conference Preventing Sex Crime: From Evidence to Policy and Practice Brisbane, Australia 31 October - 3 November, 2006
5th Biennial Conference Responses to Sexual Abuse: Safeguarding Human Rights Sydney, Australia 5-7 March, 2009
VOTA/ANZATSA 2010 Symposium 2010 Symposium The Symposium on brings together a range of professionals to share ideas on the issues of online offending that covers psychological and legal aspects through to how we can protect the vulnerable members of our community. Melbourne, Australia 24 November, 2010
VOTA/ANZATSA 2011 Symposium Issues from the frontline of sexual assault: Prevention, protection and recovery Melbourne, Australia 23-25 November, 2011
6th Biennial Conference New beginnings: keeping society safe through collaborative interventions Hobart, Tasmania October 16-18, 2013 Keynote and workshop abstracts
ANZATSA 2014 Symposium The continuum of institutional sexual abuse: From perpetrators to prevention Sydney, Australia November 6-7, 2014 Symposium program
7th Biennial Conference International Research, Theory & Practice Melbourne, Australia November 5-6, 2015 Conference program
ANZATSA 2016 Symposium Collaborations in Practice: Sexual Safety in Out-of-Home Care Sydney, Australia 16-18 November, 2016 Symposium program
8th Biennial international research theory and practice conference Forging a new era in responding to and preventing sexual abuse Aukland 29th November - 1st December 2017 Conference handbook

Adolescent Roundtable

In November 2003 the Australian Institute of Criminology convened a meeting, an 'Adolescent Roundtable', in Melbourne. It was for program providers for adolescents who have sexually abused others. From the outset there was considerable interest and subsequently what has become known as the Adolescent Roundtable has continued annually.

The Adolescent Roundtable was endorsed by ANZATSA in October 2004 as a sub-group of this organisation. ANZATSA is committed to supporting the Adolescent Roundtable to maintain connections between program service providers and promote the multiple aims this group have agreed upon. Matters such as sharing experiences, research and facing challenges of working with adolescents who have sexually abused.

The annual meetings are for managers of programs for this client group across Australia and New Zealand. The meetings have been hosted by organisations located on the east coast of Australia to minimise cost and travel time for participants. An exception was 2008 which was convened by a NSW service in Tasmania and venue provided by Centacare, Hobart. This was a response to a specific request.

ANZATSA has committed to provide space on this website for Adolescent Roundtable members to post and access material relevant for this group. This will be developed in the near future.

Roundtable Meetings

2003, November Melbourne Inaugural meeting convened by Australian Institute of Criminology
2004, March Auckland Interest Group convened at ANZATSA Conference
2004, September Brisbane Convened by Griffith Youth Forensic Service, attended by small group planning subsequent
2005, February Brisbane Convened by Griffith Youth Forensic Service
2006, March Sydney Convened by New Street Adolescent Service
2007, March Melbourne Convened by Children's Protection Society & MAPPS, Adolescent Forensic Health Service, Vic.
2008, November Hobart Convened by New Street Adolescent Service
2010, April Brisbane Convened by Brisbane services; Griffith Youth Forensic Service & Mater Youth and Family Counselling Service
2011, March Victoria Convened by CEASE.

2012, April


Convened by New Street Services, The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network with support from Juvenile justice NSW  

2013, May

 Brisbane  Convened by Brisbane services; Griffith Youth Forensic Service & Mater Youth and Family Counselling Service

2014, June

 Newcastle  Convened by Rural New Street Hunter New England

2016, September


Convened by CEASE

Training committee


Melissa Braden (Australia)

Training Co-ordinator

Russell Pratt (Australia)

Committee members

Dale Tolliday (Australia)

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