Day 1: What We Know about Sexual Development, Sexual Behavior, and Hypersexuality
Day 2: How Attachment Theory Informs Understanding Sexual Offending: Implications for Treatment

Day 1: March 26th    Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Check in begins at 8:30 AM)
Day 2: March 27th    Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Check in begins at 8:15 AM)
Location: BP Energy Center
900 E. Benson Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99519

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Day 1 Description: 

This workshop will provide a brief description of expected childhood sexual development and explore the current research on the sexual behavior of adolescents and adults in the United States. It will highlight expected behavior throughout adolescence, including the use of digital technology, and will discuss the recent national surveys of adult sexual behavior and what they tell us about accepted modes of sexual expression. Emphasized during the presentation will be how sexuality is culturally defined and how accepted behavior not only differs across cultures, but changes as a result of shifting cultural norms and expectations. We will also explore the concept of hypersexual behavior, investigating such concepts as sexual addiction, compulsive sexual behavior, and impulse control.

Upon completion of the training workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List what behaviors are expected at each level of child and adolescent development.
  • Discuss the results of recent national surveys of sexual behavior. 
  • Explain the scientific evidence for the existence of sexual addiction. 
  • Describe cultural differences as they apply to sexuality. 
  • Compare concepts involved in hypersexual arousal, including sexual addiction, compulsive sexual behaviour, and impulse control.

Day 2 Description:

Over the last 10 years, researchers at the Program in Human Sexuality have been exploring the application of attachment theory to understanding the perception of sexual abuse and sexual aggression by adolescent males. These studies have included comparisons of two categories of adolescents who have perpetrated sexual offenses: those with child victims and those with peer/adult victims; and have compared these groups with boys who committed non-sexual crimes and boys in treatment for substance use or other mental health disorders. This workshop will begin with a description of attachment theory and related concepts of attachment behavior, attachment style, and internal working models. The findings from our studies will be presented which provide a model for how parental behavior, attachment style, and adolescent social interactions influence the development of sexually abusive and/or sexually coercive behavior.

The workshop will focus on the therapeutic implications of our research for male adolescents and adults. Dr. Miner hopes to challenge some long-standing assumptions and use his findings to provide a basis for thinking about adolescent sexual offending behavior within the context of adolescent development. Further, this workshop will address the implications of our findings and those of others in guiding adult sex offender treatment.

Upon completion of the training workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts of attachment theory. 
  • Describe the relationship between adolescent sexual development and sexual offending.
  • Discuss the research that applied attachment theory to explaining sexual offending. 
  • Apply information about the dimensions of attachment style to therapeutic interventions.
  • Compare and describe the categories of adolescent sexual perpetrators.
  • Target Audience

    • Professionals who have an interest in the treatment of sexual offenders or the prevention of offender re-offending.
    • Professionals who are currently treating sexual offenders or individuals engaged in problematic sexual behaviors.
    • Professionals seeking approval as a sex offender treatment provider in the Alaska.


    Professionals who have introductory knowledge and experience with the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, including licensed mental health professionals, parole/probation personnel, and students. In addition, professionals or students interested in learning more and increasing their competence in working with these and other populations.

    Workshop Rates: **Rate is the same for on-site and distance registrants**

    Early Bird Prices: Register on or before March 8th, 2014:

     1st Day Only2nd Day Only Both Days 
     Professional$60$60 $110 

    Standard Prices: Register on or after March 9th, 2014:

     1st Day Only2nd Day OnlyBoth Days
    Professional $85$85 $160

    Attend Via Distance

    We are pleased to announce this training is open to distance participation through live streaming video! Distance registrants attend at the same cost as on-site attendees and view the training using Adobe Connect, supported on PC's, Mac's, and mobile devices. For a full list of system requirements, please visit 

    Continuing Education

    Workshop participants are eligible to receive 7 continuing education (CE) credits for the completion of each of this two-day workshop.  CBHRS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CBHRS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Refund Policy

    For a full refund, registrants must cancel 14 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be provided after 14 days. 

    For More Information

    For more information, please see the brochures for Day 1 and Day 2, or contact the workshop coordinator by phone (907-786-7264) or e-mail.