MAY 2, 2022 9:15AM

Prevention of Online Perpetration of Sexually Harmful Behaviour by Young People

Dr. Michael Seto, Ph.D, C.Psych.

This presentation will review different ways that young people can engage in sexually harmful behavior, with an emphasis on online behavior such as accessing illegal pornography, nonconsensual sharing of sexually explicit images, and grooming of younger children. The presentation will summarize research on risk and protective factors for perpetration, and ways that perpetration can be prevented.


Dr. Michael Seto, Ph.D., C.Psych – is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist and currently a research director with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, as well as Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Abuse, the ATSA journal. Dr. Seto has published extensively on pedophilia, sexual offending against children and online offending. He regularly presents at scientific meetings and professional workshops on these topics. He has written well-reviewed books on pedophilia and sexual offending against children (2008, second edition in 2018) and on internet sexual offending (2013), all published by the American Psychological Association.

MAY 2, 2022 11:00AM

Following Unfounded

Bente Skau, Ph.D., MSW, RSW
Anthony Odoardi, Deputy Chief, Peel Regional Police

What happens when you mix rape crisis workers, trauma therapists and domestic violence experts with a few good cops and cap this off with an open invitation from Halton Regional Police Services? Well, some good things actually. In this session we will highlight the Halton Region Community response to the sexual assault “unfounded” issues that were documented by Robyn Doolittle in the Globe and Mail in 2017.

Learning Objectives

  • Delineating what was/is the “unfounded issue” as it relates to sexual assault in Canada.
  • Outlining the community/police response including the case review process.
  • Examining both the findings of this process and the subsequent recommendations.
  • Looking at the current state of “unfounded” and some thoughts about where to go next.


Bente Skau, Ph.D., MSW, RSW ~ After completing her MSW at the University of Toronto in 1994, Bente worked with children, youth and families in a children’s mental health context. Bente has extensive training in family therapy and was committed to integrating a social justice focus into her practice work. In 1992 Bente became involved with Peel Collaborative where she provided group services, assessment and treatment for young men who have sexually harmed. She then went on to complete a Ph.D. in social work where her dissertation “Who has Seen What? When? Pornography’s Contribution to the Social Construction of Sexuality” explored the intersection between pornography exposure and the attitudes and behavior of Canadian youth. Bente has been practicing at Radius (formally the Halton Trauma Centre) for the past 14 years where she provided assessment and treatment for children and youth impacted by interpersonal violence. In 2016, Bente took on the role of Director of Clinical Services for Radius. In addition, she teaches in the School of Social Work at York University in Toronto. Bente’s chief academic interests are in the areas of social work theory construction, epistemology, Queer Theory and Masculinity Studies.

Anthony Odoardi, Deputy Chief, Peel Regional Police (PRP) ~ began his career in 1995 with the Halton Regional Police where he worked in all aspects of Operations and Administration, having spent much of his career in various investigative capacities.  At the rank of Superintendent, Anthony led a number of strategic and innovative police initiatives, including oversight for special projects.  One of these projects included enhancing competent and respectful police services for survivors of sexual assault. In June 2020, Anthony was hired as Deputy Chief with Peel Regional Police, and is responsible for Innovation and Technology Command.  Anthony hit the ground running by initiating PRP’s Digital Officer Transformation Program with a vision of becoming one of North America’s most progressive and innovative police services—through improving the tools and supports available for over 3100 PRP members.  Anthony implemented PRP’s first ever I.T. Strategic Roadmap and Frontline Mobile Strategy.  Anthony also serves as the Managing Director of the PSBN Innovation Alliance (PIA).  The PIA aims to provide a reliable, cost effective and cyber-secure data communication network to all first responders and critical infrastructure partners in Ontario, including rural and remote areas across Canada. More recently, Deputy Chief Odoardi was named as Chair of the Ontario Association Chiefs of Police Interagency Advisory Panel  for Next Generation-911.  Deputy Chief Odoardi also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the PRP / OHRC Human Rights project.  This voluntary agreement is aimed at identifying and eliminating system racism in policing – a first of it’s kind in Canada.

MAY 2, 2022 1:00PM

Blending Voices. Strengthening Lives.

Dr. Apryl Alexander, Psy.D.

Sociocultural factors in the assessment and treatment of individuals who sexually offend are important to examine. Awareness of implicit biases and the cultural competence of the therapist are essential to ethical treatment. Cultural humility is the ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are more important to the client. Participants will become informed of cultural considerations in the assessment and treatment of individuals who sexually offend. This workshop will assist participants in identifying cultural factors (i.e., racial/ethnicity, language, religion, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability) during assessment to better inform treatment and risk management recommendations. This seminar is rated: Adult & Youth | Preliminary Learning Goals: • Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be better able to explore therapist implicit biases and gain knowledge on how to become a culturally-humble clinician. • Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be better able to identify broad sociocultural (i.e., racial/ethnic, language, religion, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, education, and disability) factors that influence individuals who have committed sexual offenses.


Dr. Apryl Alexander, Psy.D ~ received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and M.S. from Radford University. She also received her M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology with concentrations in forensic psychology and child and family therapy. Dr. Alexander completed her pre-doctoral internship at Patton State Hospital, the largest forensic psychiatric hospital in the country. She also completed her post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Minnesota State Operated Forensic Services (MSOFS) conducting competency to stand trial, competency to proceed, and criminal responsibility evaluations, as well as violence and sexual violence risk assessments. Currently, Dr. Alexander is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology and the Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST). Her research interests are focused in the areas of violence, victimization, and forensic assessment.

MAY 3, 2022 9:15AM

Pornography and Sexual Abuse Prevention: Why is Porn an Issue and How Can We Address It?

Maree Crabbe

Pornography has become a violence prevention issue we can’t afford to ignore. Arguably the most prominent form of sexuality education, pornography is shaping young people’s sexual understandings and experiences, with serious implications for their capacity to navigate relationships and sexuality that are safe, respectful and consenting. There is growing concern internationally that pornography’s influence is contributing to cultural conditions that cultivate sexual assault.

This workshop will support participants to analyse pornography’s prevalence, nature and influence, and explore practical examples of how its influence may be addressed.


Maree Crabbe ~ is Director of the Australian violence prevention project, It’s time we talked. She is co-producer of the broadcast documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography and The Porn Factor, and author of In The Picture, a secondary school resource addressing the influence of explicit sexual imagery. Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – for 25 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, pornography, sexual diversity and prevention of STIs. Maree’s contributions to public conversations about young people, sexuality and pornography include interviews on television and radio, and articles in online, print and academic media.

MAY 3, 2022 11:30AM

Exploring Caregiver Reactions to Their Children’s Concerning Sexual Behaviour, A Look at the Literature

Elizabeth Lartey


Elizabeth Lartey ~ is currently a Research Assistant at Radius Child and Youth Services and has worked in various research, capacity building, and program evaluation roles in non-profit and medical organizations for the past six years. Elizabeth has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Psychology from the University of Toronto, a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from Seneca College, and a Masters in Global Health from the University of Liverpool. Elizabeth is passionate about physical and mental health issues faced by vulnerable populations, as well as working to dismantle barriers to care in Canada and abroad.

MAY 3, 2022 1:00PM

Rebooting Our Approach: Talking Tech, Teens, & Sex

Dr. Alex Rodrigues, Psy.D.

As a result of greater access to the Internet and its ever-expanding resources, individuals, especially adolescents, are at risk of being exposed to inaccurate, and in some cases, dangerous sexual content. The proposed presentation will provide those interacting with adolescents with a helpful framework for addressing the intersection of technology and sexuality with youth. For instance, attendees will learn about the potential risk and benefits that the Internet offers regarding sexual education, why adolescents’ development and neurobiology places them at greater risk of unsafe online behavior, key resources that can help frame the issue for adults, and emerging interventions designed to address such issues with teenagers and help facilitate their growth as responsible digital citizens.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about some of the risky sexual digital content that adolescents are routinely confronted with.
  • How such content can affect adolescents’ sexual understanding.
  • How to engage adolescents in a collaborative approach when discussing technology, teenagers, and sex.


Dr. Alex Rodriguex, Psy.D. ~ is a forensic psychologist and operates a private consultation practice where he completes a variety of forensic evaluations, including sex offense-related evaluations, competency to stand trial, insanity, and juvenile transfer assessments. Dr. Rodrigues has been qualified as an expert and testified in various jurisdictions. The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (CSOMB) has recognized Dr. Rodrigues as an approved provider/evaluator for both juvenile and adult populations. Additionally, he is a volunteer participant for CSOMB’s best practice committee, reviewing emerging practices for adoption and implementation. He previously served as a psychologist on a pre-trial unit at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. as well as a member of the hospital’s forensic consultation service, completing both competency to stand trial and risk assessments. Recently, Dr. Rodrigues opened a satellite office in Colorado to complement his practice in the D.C. metropolitan area. Aside from court-related evaluations, Dr. Rodrigues provides consultation to law enforcement, government agencies, and corporations on mental health/violence related issues in the workspace.

**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

Heather Barbour, Karen Holladay, Franca Iannotta, Nancy Rumble

My Digital Journey (MDJ)©

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

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

Dr. Nadine Thornhill, Ed.D.

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

Julie S. Lalonde

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