As awareness of sexually abusive youth grows, it is imperative that practitioners provide effective evaluations, assessment and interventions consistent with rapidly emerging research.
For the third consecutive year, a highly credentialed and nationally known trainer has spent a week at LaSalle to share her knowledge and best practices for addressing sexual harm for youth. This five-academic certificate program was held from November 2nd through 7th in LaSalle School’s Hanner conference center in Albany, NY.
Joann Schladale, MS, LMFT has an expansive view of the impact on public safety as well as public policy consequences for children and adolescents. Increasingly, clinicians have come from throughout the United States to hear her perspectives, share their own experiences, and learn answers to complex questions that have a direct impact on youth they treat.
This year, her audience included U.S. clinicians as well as international professionals. A registrant from Sydney, Australia learned about the program from the Northeast Educational Assessment and Research Institute (NEARI), and joined nineteen other seasoned professionals to learn from Schladale and stay current with research-based best practices.
Participants learned to use a framework of Positive Youth Development to stop all harm, facilitate comprehensive evaluations, develop safety plans, develop clearly defined treatment processes, modify assessment and treatment approaches, motivate youth resistant to change, and plan for continued success.
Joann Schladale is the founder and executive director of Resources for Resolving Violence, Inc., an organization created to provide staff development and training for treatment providers faced with the difficult challenge of working with children and families where violence and/or sexual abuse have become endemic.