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NEARI Press is hosting a NEW series in 2014-2015 of FREE online webinars by some of NEARI’s internationally recognized authors.

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We offer these webinars as a free educational opportunity for our NEARI Press customers and those who care deeply about this work. However, we would not be able to do this important work without our sponsors and donors.


As a small non-profit organization, we rely on subscribers to help support our webinar work.  For those who can support us through a subscription, we will send you two of NEARI Press's popular titles:  Current Applications and Current Perspectives (other titles if you have subscribed last year!) with a value of $149 and we guarantee a seat at each event in our annual webinar series - Sponsorship is $98 for individuals and $250 for organizations.  Please contact Diane Langelier at 413.540.0712 x14 or at for more information or to sign up.

We believe that given a chance to hear an author speak about his or her work through our webinars, you, the listener will have the chance to “preview the book” and have the opportunity to learn so much more by combining both online and offline learning.

Continuing Education credits are available for many of these webinars. Click here to scroll through the options.

2014-2015 Webinar Series

Mark your calendars now and then join us LIVE or attend at your convenience at a later date.
All Webinars are presented from 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

September 16, 2014 - Geral Blanchard

Ancient Ethics for Today’s Healers

October 21, 2014 - Robin Wilson

Intellectual Disability and Problems in Sexual Behavior

November 18, 2014 - David Prescott

The Basics of Motivational Interviewing

December 16, 2014 - Debra Haffner

Creating Sexually Safer Congregations

January 20, 2015 - Cordelia Anderson

Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture

February 17, 2014 - Phil Rich

Overview of Assessments for Sexually Abusive Adolescents

March 17, 2014 - Joan Tabachnick

Bystander Intervention

April 21, 2015 - Steven Bengis and David Prescott




Ancient Ethics for Today's Healers

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Presenter: Geral Blanchard
Date: September 16, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Host: Joan Tabachnick
Technical Advisor: Greg Day


Geral will draw insights from indigenous cultures from around the world that can inform our contemporary healing practices.  He cites fundamental tenets of indigenous healing practices that have stood the test of time -- thousands of years -- and remain solid examples of best practices.  Indigenous healing practices provide a model of ethical care that transcend today’s mechanical and technical approaches, bringing humanistic care back into the psychologist’s and doctor’s offices.  Among the topics to be addressed are the importance of ritual, ceremony, community, spirituality, patient beliefs, and methods to awaken the patient’s inner doctor by removing common obstacles to healing.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 15:54

Juvenile Sex Offender Registration and Notification: Emerging Research and Implications for Policy Reform and Practice with Elizabeth Letourneau and Andrew Harris

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Presenters:Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD and Andrew J. Harris, PhD
Date: June 10, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Host: Joan Tabachnick
Technical Advisor: Greg Day

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Please click here to learn about this new Youth on the Registry Research Project.

Please click here for a summary of research about the impact of registration and community notification on youth

Please click here for the presentation slides.


Across the United States, laws subjecting minor youth to sex offender registration and notification have become increasingly common. Despite their ostensible goal of producing a safer society, such policies may in fact compromise public safety through their impacts on youths’ psychosocial wellbeing. While such collateral impacts are well known to treatment providers and others who work with sexually abusing youth, the extent and nature of these effects have not been adequately documented in the research literature. This research gap has significant implications for those who are engaged in youth advocacy, legal proceedings, treatment, and policy work who regularly confront issues related to juvenile registration.

This webinar will discuss the current public policy and research landscape surrounding juvenile registration and notification, and will examine implications for those engaged in advocacy for legislative reform, those involved in legal proceedings, and those who work with adjudicated youth and their families. The session will also discuss a current national study examining the impacts of juvenile sex offender registration and notification policies on youth and their families, focusing specifically on measures related to youth mental health, school experiences, social relationships, attitudes, experiences of traumatic events, and family impacts.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 13:07

Putting Prevention In The Hands Of Youth Serving Organizations: Applying The Situational Prevention Approach with Keith Kaufman

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Presenter: Keith Kaufman
Date: May 13, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Host: Joan Tabachnick
Technical Advisor: Greg Day

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This webinar will briefly describe the Situational Prevention Approach, a sustainable, self-assessment approach designed to identify risks and foster the development of practical prevention and risk reduction solutions. Promising findings will be presented from a three year national project in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (funded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape). This approach as well as other related prevention strategies in Dr. Kaufman’s book, “The Prevention of Sexual Violence: A Practitioners’ Sourcebook” (from NEARI press) will be highlighted in this webinar.



Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 19:25

Developmental Perspectives in Understanding Problematic Sexual Behaviors Among Children and Adolescents with Robert Kinscherff

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Presenter: Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D.
Date:April 16, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Host: Joan Tabachnick
Technical Advisor: Greg Day

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Please click here to register for CE credits.

Please click here to view the recording on the NEARI Press Training YouTube channel!

Webinar Description:

Children and adolescents develop in dramatically different ways and a developmental context is essential to understanding problematic sexual behaviors among children and adolescents. The lenses of normative development and developmental psychopathology are essential to understanding the meaning and function of problematic or abusive sexual behavior. In turn, understanding the developmentally-informed functions and purposes of problematic sexual behaviors allows for individualized case formulation to guide further assessment, risk management, and establishing the foundations for building treatment relationships and implementing. A developmentally-informed case formulation can take into account that the same normative or problematic behaviors may have different meanings or functions among individuals, and that those meanings and functions may shift over time or context. Case illustrations include youth with Asperger’’s syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:41

A Brain Based Approach to Self-Regulation and Learning with Penny Cuninggim and Shannon Chabot

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Presenters: Penny Cuninggim and Shannon Chabot
Date: March 18, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Host: Joan Tabachnick
Technical Advisor: Greg Day

Please click here to view the webinar recording on the NEARI Training YouTube channel, and subscribe!

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Too often the child and adolescent behaviors that we deal with daily -- inattentiveness, lack of understanding or refusal to participate -- are misunderstood as attitude or motivational problems when they stem from neurology instead. Therapists, counselors, teachers and direct care staff can both discover and mediate some of these problems. Come join us to learn best practices for brain-based strategies you can use.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:54
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