Specialist Interview Course

July 13-17, 2020 September 8-12, 2020
Cleburne Conference Center
1501 West Henderson

This five-day course combines two of Mentor’s most popular courses – Understanding Child Sex Offenders and Mentor Interview Technique – to provide a comprehensive insight into understanding the behavior of perpetrators of sexual crimes against children. Participants then apply this knowledge to create more effective interview strategies.

By understanding how and why sexual abuse takes place, those working at the front line of child protection are better placed to intervene and safeguard the most vulnerable in society. Providing child protection through a greater understanding of how sex offenders operate is the ethos behind the Mentor Interview Technique. This comprehensive specialist interview system has been specifically designed to enhance the skills and knowledge base of those professionals who interview child sex offenders in the course of law enforcement investigations, child protection evaluations and risk assessment and/or management of offenders.

Topics covered include:

  • The role of behavioral analysis
  • Myths and facts about child sexual abuse
  • Theoretical perspective – the spiral of sexual abuse
  • Traveling sex offenders
  • Women who sexually abuse children
  • Organized groups of sex offenders
  • Internet child sexual exploitation-implications for those that safeguard children
  • What encourages engagement in interview
  • How theory informs practice in interview planning
  • Advanced techniques and practical skills in interviewing child sexual offenders
  • Offense analysis and sexual offending against children
  • Identified subject profiling
  • The Sullivan Behavioral Analysis Tool (S-BAT)
  • Complex Spiral Grid
  • Manipulation styles
  • Denial Typologies
  • Life History Timelines
  • The Projected Personalities Matrix (PPM)
  • Protocols for interview planning
  • Designing a layered interview approach
  • Demonstrations of interview planning and the delivery of interview strategy

A light breakfast, beverages and snacks will be served each day at the Conference Center. Lunch and supper will be on your own. On Thursday night there will be a social event with dinner held for all attendees. The time and location will be announced at the conference.

NOTE: Please layer clothes or bring a light jacket. The Conference Center can be chilly.

About the Presenter: Dr. Joe Sullivan, Mentor Forensic Services
CPsychol, PhD, MA, BA (Hons), CQSW, Dip Psych

Dr Sullivan is a Registered Forensic Psychologist. For the past 20 years, Dr Sullivan has worked with police officers, social workers, probation officers, faith groups and educationalists to provide insights into the motivations, thoughts and behaviors of child sex offenders. He is regularly commissioned to undertake assessments for the Social Service Departments, Probation Services, Churches and Education departments and has been called as an expert witness to give evidence to criminal, civil and family courts.

Dr Sullivan has worked extensively in law enforcement since 1996, assisting UK and European police forces with investigations into the sexually motivated abduction, murder and assault of children. Since 2006, Dr Sullivan has also been the Forensic Psychologist in the Behavior Analysis Unit in the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). He has received a Chief Constables Commendation for his contribution to the investigation into the sexually motivated abduction and murder of a child in 2001.

Dr Sullivan has also undertaken assessment and therapeutic intervention work with women who sexually abuse children and adults accused or suspected of professional sexual misconduct. Part of his work also includes the assessment and treatment of adult survivors of child sexual abuse.

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