Sexual Offender Assessment & Treatment

Dr. Karl Hanson, Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, will be one of the keynote speakers at the New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference to be held in September. Over the past 20 years Dr. Hanson has worked to advance research knowledge in the areas of offender assessment and treatment for Public Safety Canada. He has made a significant contribution to the area of risk assessment of sex offenders, in which he has authored several influential meta-analyses, and developed many of the most commonly used risk assessment tools.   Dr Hanson’s keynote address will focus on assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. He will also present a workshop titled Developing Non-Arbitrary Categories for Sexual Offender Risk Communication: Construct Validity and the Quantification of "Riskiness". Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore and discuss current practice, and develop options for improving risk communication using non-arbitrary language. (Source:  -   More generally the area of forensic psychology is well developed in New Zealand. The criminal justice system promotes safer communities through developing psychologist expertise in offending risk assessment and through targeting offending needs (criminogenic) for rehabilitation. Psych-Recruitment welcomes enquiries from local and overseas clinical or forensic or counselling psychologists who have career interests in offending risk assessment and/or group based rehabilitation programmes.

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