NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY FOR THE TREATMENT
OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION
September 23rd, 2017
"Understanding the Psychology of Offenders and Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics: The Importance to Clinicians and Clinical Work with Victims" (6CE)
Full Day Program
Summary of Program Description:
This program will focus on the importance of understanding the “footprints on the heart” of victims left by their perpetrators, and how this understanding facilitates the treatment of trauma clients. As Dr. Salter states, "clinicians who are not aware of the thinking patterns of offenders are at risk of dealing superficially with the echo of these patterns in survivors." Different types of offenders affect victims in very specific ways and it is essential to try to understand both the psychology of the perpetrators and the dynamic between the offender and his or her victim.
Topics covered in this all-day session will include counter-intuitive victim behaviors, the different impacts of sadistic versus non-sadistic perpetrators and exploring explicit versus implicit denial of abuse, and understanding the dynamics of a victim’s disclosure or non-disclosure of abuse.
Dr. Salter received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University and obtained a Masters Degree in Child Study from Tufts. She was a Teaching Fellow at both Universities. Dr. Salter has lived in Madison Wisconsin since 1996 and consults half time to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In addition, she lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims throughout the United States and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England. In all, she has conducted trainings in 50 states and 10 countries. Dr. Salter also evaluates sex offenders for civil commitment proceedings and other purposes. She testifies as an expert witness in sexual abuse civil and criminal cases.
Dr. Salter is the 1997 winner of the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and is the author of numerous books, educational DVDs, and forensic mysteries.