MAY 3, 2021 9:15AM

My Digital Journey (MDJ)©

Heather Barbour,  B.S.W., R.S.W.
Karen Holladay, Dip.C.S., RP
Franca Iannotta, C. Psych
Nancy Rumble, M.Sc, M.S.W., R.S.W.

We have developed a non-judgmental and developmentally appropriate, reflective tool to help understand and chronicle a youth’s digital experience, entitled My Digital Journey (MDJ)©. It is intended to be used as an adjunct to supplement a comprehensive assessment for youth who have committed sexual offences. Our goal is to understand the youth’s digital footprint including the needs, thoughts and functions of their digital activity within the context of their developmental milestones. Likewise, we believe it is important to highlight the strengths and resiliency of each youth within their digital world as these protective factors will be foundational to their on-line decision making. MDJ© explores their social media savvy, on-line literacy and communication style. Moreover, MDJ© is intended to establish and provide support opportunities of the client’s strengths, safe choices and skills. It also serves to identify potential educational and corrective opportunities that could be incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan.

Learning Objectives

  • To become familiar with the clinical application of MDJ© for youth engaged in sexual offending behaviour or children under 12 engaged in concerning sexualized behaviour.
  • To become aware of the benefits of using an alternative, non-judgemental approach when evaluating a youth’s online activity.
  • To explore how MDJ© may augment current assessment practices.


Heather Barbour, B.S.W., R.S.W. brings over thirty years of experience in working with children and their families, both in mental health as well as family service agency settings. She has developed specialized clinical skills in the area of trauma assessment and treatment for preschool, latency aged children, as well as adolescents.

Karen Holladay, Dip.C.S., RP  has been working with children, adolescents and their families for more than 25 years, both as a clinician in, and as a consultant to, sexual abuse-specific programs operated by children’s mental health centres and residential treatment facilities.

Franca A. Iannotta, C. Psych. is a Registered Psychologist in private pratice in the Greater Toronto Area. Over the past 30 years she has provided a wide range of psychological services to children, youth and their parents related to learning, trauma, sexualized behaviour, and adolescent sexual offending behaviour.

Nancy Rumble, M.c. M.S.W., R.S.W. has been a practicing clinical social worker for over six years. She specialized in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced a variety of trauma including sexual, emotional and physical abuse, neglect and war trauma.

MAY 3, 2021 1:15PM

Applying the Risk, Need, and Responsivity (RNR) Principles to Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behaviour

Dr. Sandy Jung, Ph.d., R.Psych.

This workshop will focus on the practical application of a widely accepted theory of criminal conduct known as the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) model in guiding offender management and rehabilitation. The RNR princples are well-supported by empirical research and endorsed by many correctional organizations across North America and other parts of the world. After summarizing the history of RNR and the science behind it, this presentation will focus on translating RNR principles into practice with adolescent populations; describe what that looks like; and examine the potential challenges of the implementation with youth. The goal is to offer practical tools to effectively implement these principles with youth who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviour in both clinical practice and supervision.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the Principles for Effective Correctional Rehabilitation (RNR Model)
  • Describe the empirical support for the RNR model
  • Understand how to apply the risk principle in terms of prediction and matching
  • Recognize what are and what are not criminogenic needs
  • Identify and address specific responsibility issues


Sandy Jung, Ph.D., R. Psych. is a Professor os Psychology and Board of Governors Research Chair at MacEwan University. She is an active researcher and educator who publishes research on sexual and violent offenders and risk assessment. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017 and the Distinguished Research Away in 2018 at MacEwan. Currently, she chairs the Criminal Justice Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association and is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta.

MAY 4, 2021 9:10AM

An Intersectional Approach to Consent Education and Sexual Violence Prevention

Dr. Nadine Thornhill, Ed.D.

Anti-racism is an essential part of building a consent culture. But sexual violence prevention strategies often ignore people of colour, and the specific challenge we face in terms of our sexual agency. In this workshop, we will look at the relationship between racism and rape culture, and explore a new, intersectional approach to consent education and victim support.


Dr. Nadine Thornill, Ed.D. is considered one of Canada’s foremost experts on child and adolescent sexuality, Dr. Thornhill’s experience as an educator is vast and varied. She served as director for Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s youth-led sex-ed program Insight Theatre. She went on to study at The Institute For The Advanced Study Of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, earning her Certification in Sex Education, followed by her Doctorate of Education.

Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Thornhill established a sex education practice in her hometown of Toronto, Ontario. She’s since worked with institutions such as The University of Toronto, The Center For Sex Education, George Brown College, The University of Western Ontario, The Unitarian Universalist Association, Carleton University, The 519, and the Toronto District School Board. Dr. Thronhill has taught hundreds of people in private sessions, online events, conference presentations, and speaking engagements.

Dr. Thornhill has written for several publications, including Today’s Parent, The Huffington Post, and The Yummy Mummy Club. She created the acclaimed YouTube project #SaveSexEd and writes and co-hosts the web-series Sex Ed School.

MAY 4, 2021 1:00PM

“But I Don’t Want to Make it Awkward!” Engaging Youth to End Sexual Violence

Julie S. Lalonde

From the Ghomeshi trial to the #MeToo moment, there have been no shortage of discussions about consent and sexual violence these past few years. The conversations are important but they’re not always easy. In this interactive presentation, public educator Julie S. Lalonde will share best practices for engaging youth in a productive discussion of how to prevent sexual violence.


Julie S. Lalonde is an internationally recognized women’s rights advocate and public educator. A franco-ontarienne from Northern Ontario, she is based in Ottawa. Julie has spent the last 17 years dedicated to ending sexual violence, engaging bystanders and building communities of support. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Her memoir Resilience is Futile will be released February 2020.

**NOTE: We welcome an open and free exchange of ideas and perspectives at this year’s Continuum Conference.  Please note that Radius does not endorse nor repudiate the views and opinions of any of the guest speakers/presenters. Further, the target audience of the Continuum Conference is: mental health professionals, social workers, probation officers, residential staff, child welfare staff, judiciary, therapists and child and youth workers.

Past Speakers and Workshop Topics

Kevin Creeden, M.A, LMHC

A Developmental Treatment Approach for Understanding and Addressing Sexual Offending in Youth: What, Why, and How

Bente Skau, MSW, Ph.D. and Heather Barbour, B.Sc., RSW

The Pursuit of “Good Sex” in a Pornofied World: Assisting Adolescents in Constructing Positive Sexual Scripts

Nancy Falls, Ed. D and Alice Olsen, M.S.W

Parental Involvement: Treating the Sexually Harming Adolescent in the Context of Their Family

Dr. James R. Worling, Ph.D., C.Psych.

What Does The Research Say? Gaining New Insights For Assessment And Treatment From Recent Investigations

John Briere, Ph.D.

Complex Trauma in Adolescence: Treatment Implications for Young Offenders

Denyse Brushett, BA, MSW, RSW and Stephanie Francois, BSc, MSW, RSW


Shelley Kavanagh

Expanding Your Tool Kit: Using Expressive Arts to Engage At-Risk Youth Through Creative Interventions

Andrea Joyce, MSW, RSW

Values and Attitudes about Sex… Is this the elephant in the therapy room? Engaging adolescents and their families in such discussions

Stefen Joseph, B.A and Arlene Gonash-Nelson, MSc., BSc.

The role of the youth mental health court worker and the importance of the specialized youth mental health courts

Detective Constable Michele Bond

Self-peer exploitation – Let’s work together

Craig Latham, Ph.D.

Problematic sexual behaviour in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

David A. Wolfe, Ph.D.

Impact of media violence on adolescent development and behaviour

Jaqueline Page, PSY.D.

Intervening with adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviour

David Prescott, LICSW

Good lives and beyond: building better lives with youth

Bente Skau, MSW, PHD, Heather Barbour, B.SC., RSW and Melissa Maltar, MSW. RSW

Sexual descision making: your own code

David Delmonico

Online, Offline and Over the Line: Adolescence in a Digital World

Jo Langford

Internet Safety 101 for Practitioners

Dr. James R. Worling, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Changing Perspectives: Focusing on Protective Factors, Strengths, and Resiliency

Kevin Vowles

Decoding the Language of Sexual Violence: Exploring Rape Culture, Toxic Masculinity, Gender Equality and Building Understanding and Allyship Amongst Men and Boys

Geraldine Crisci

Self-care in Working with Sexual Offending Behaviours

Dr. Michael F. Caldwell, Psy.D

Decline in Juvenile Sexual Recidivism Rates: Implications for Assessment and Treatment

Dr. Ryan T. Shields, Ph.D.

Help Wanted: A Public health Approach to the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Cordelia Anderson

Sexual Violence Prevention: Accountability and Responsibility in the Post #MeToo Era

Dr. David Ley

Developing Positive Sexuality and Responsible Pornography Use in Adolescents

Karen (B.K.) Chan

Doorways to Dance Through: Engaging Young People on Healthy Sexuality, Consent, Relationships and Intimacy