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Wed, Aug 23


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Pedophilia By Dr. Kingston

About the trainer: Drew Kingston received his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa and completed his residency at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.

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Pedophilia By Dr. Kingston
Pedophilia By Dr. Kingston

Time & Location

Aug 23, 2023, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

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About the event

About the trainer:

Drew Kingston received his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa and completed his residency at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. 

He is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario and is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. He is currently the Executive Clinical Director and Director of Research of the HOPE program, a state-wide agency that provides assessment and treatment services to individuals who have come into contact with the law due to sexual aggression and atypical sexual interests. 

Dr. Kingston is also Senior Scientist at the Royal Ottawa Hospital’s Institute of Mental Health Research and an adjunct clinical professor in the department of Psychiatry at McMaster University. 

In 2018, Dr. Kingston was recognized by the Canadian Psychological Association as one of its 28 Canadian research innovators. 

Dr. Kingston was also awarded the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers’ Early Career Research Award and has been designated a fellow of the ATSA organization. 

Dr. Kingston is an ad-hoc reviewer for many journals and is on the editorial boards of the Archives of Sexual Behavior and Sexual Abuse. 

Dr. Kingston has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the areas of serious mental illness, hypersexuality, paraphilic disorders, the impact of pornography on sexual aggression, and the sexual offence cycle.

Training overview:

Pedophilic sexual interest is characterized by recurrent and intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors involving prepubescent children. 

An identified sexual interest in children is considered an important construct among forensic or correctional populations given the potential risk of harm to others. Indeed, Mann, Hanson, and Thornton (2010) identified a sexual preference for children as one of the more salient psychologically meaningful risk factors among individuals convicted of sexual offending based on the consistent findings in the meta-analytic literature (e.g., Hanson & Morton-Bourgon, 2005). 

Despite the fact that pedophilic sexual interest is risk relevant and an important component of assessment and treatment among individuals who have committed sexual offences, controversy remains regarding the conceptualization, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention of this sexual preference. 

In this presentation, I will present the recent literature on the conceptualization of pedophilic sexual interest and Pedophilic Disorder, the relevance of such interests among individuals who have been convicted of sexual offending, and provide some direction on best practices with regard to assessment and intervention.

Educational Goals:

1) Participants will be provided information on the conceptualization of paraphilic disorders with an emphasis on Pedophilic Disorder

2) Participants will gain an understanding of the role pedophilic sexual interest plays in sexual aggression

3) Participants will have increased knowledge on the overall best practice literature in assessing and treating men with a sexual interest in children

Measurable learning objectives

1) At the end of this course, participants will be better able to identify the characteristics associated with a sexual interest in children among individuals convicted of sexual offending

2) At the end of this course, participants will be able to identify the main ways in which pedophilic sexual interest is assessed

3) At the end of this course, participants will be able to develop an evidence-based treatment plan for individuals with a sexual interest in children.

Accommodations for Special Needs:

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Training Fee:

Cost for this 1.5-hour course is 35$ and the refund cancellation policy is as follows:

• Cancellation within 24 hours of the scheduled course: 35$ credit to attend a future, HOPE sponsored CE course

• Day of the course/no-show: No refund offered

Cancellation Policy

72 hours before the course: Credit voucher toward next training valid for one calendar year from the date of the scheduled

This course is designed for Mental Health Professionals who are currently working with clients, both in person and remotely.

Fee payment: Email for payment information


Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Please note that meals and other breaks will not count toward CE hours.

The HOPE Program (Provider #1000118) is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s. The HOPE Program maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

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