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Understanding Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Monday, January 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Although there currently exists a large amount of research on the characteristics and treatment of sex offenders, less studied are individuals with intellectual disabilities and problematic sexual behaviors.  Offenders with intellectual disabilities frequency receive inadequate care and risk assessment.  As a result, such individuals may be restricted from activities due to their perceived risk.  An effective approach to this problem is to train clinicians and direct care staff in the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders with intellectual disabilities. In this workshop, a model for the evaluation and supervision of offenders with intellectual disabilities is presented.  This model includes three components, an introduction to problematic sexual behavior assessment and treatment: psychopharmacologic approaches to problematic sexual behaviors and supervision of such individuals.

Audience will:

  1. Understand the common pathways to sexually offending in the intellectually disabled population
  2. Identify appropriate candidates for psychopharmacologic intervention
  3. Identify the risk relevant factors to sexually offending

About the Presenters:

Dr. Sorrentino is the medical director at the Institute for Sexual Wellness and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sorrentino is a Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with paraphilias. Dr. Sorrentino received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. Following her residency, Dr. Sorrentino completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Case Western Reserve University.  Dr. Sorrentino’s practice is devoted to the treatment and evaluation of paraphilias and sexual offenders as well as the hormonal treatment of paraphilias.





Kaitlyn Peretti, PsyD. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in sexual violence prevention through the treatment, evaluation, and management of adult sex offenders. Dr. Peretti has over 10 years of clinical experience with this population and has provided clinical services for survivors and perpetrators of sexual violence. Dr. Peretti has experience with program development, implementation, and evaluation; consultation; training for several disciplines within the criminal justice system; and clinical supervision and training. Dr. Peretti is an Associate Professor at William James College. Her clinical experience includes outpatient, inpatient, and correctional settings and her forensic experience includes competence to stand trial, aid to sentencing, and substance abuse evaluations. Dr. Peretti earned her degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed her APA pre-doctoral internship at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital and Ann Klein Forensic Center in New Jersey and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Massachusetts- Boston. She is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and is an elected member of the executive board for the Massachusetts chapter of ATSA.


Monday, January 10
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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