MSOTA Annual Spring Meeting 2019

Please join us for two days in our State’s beautiful capital, Helena, Montana. The first day, May 30th, is our Annual Spring Membership meeting, which is open to non-MSOTA members with a nominal registration fee. During this time, we discuss issues relevant to our work across the state, region, client populations, different agencies and facilities.

On May 31, 2019, Dr. Jill Levenson will be hosting an all-day seminar: Trauma-Informed Practice in Treatment Programs for Sexual Offending This full day seminar will offer a new paradigm for thinking about treatment goals: enabling client accountability, correcting distorted cognitive schemas about self and others, enhancing self-regulation capacities, engaging in positive relationship-building, and improving understanding the perspectives of others

Sponsor and Location:

We would like to thank Intermountain for sponsoring the event!  The Annual Spring Meeting will take place at Intermountain.

3240 Dredge Dr.
Helena, MT


May 30 – MSOTA Member Meeting, $15.00 for non-Members

10:30am – 11:00am

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Review of agenda & last minute changes
  • Review of Fall Meeting minutes

11:00 – 11:30

  • Officer reports.
  • President’s Address: Changes to our Association, Board construct, and website changes which includes how we use our new website to be an educational resource for clinical members as well as the public. What needs to be there?

11:30 – 12:30

  • Legislative Report and discussion of impacts of legislative session and policy changes in our state. Conversation Led by Andy Hudak, LCPC.
  • New Issues:
  • * Interstate Compact and standards for applications
    * Introductions in group and use of “rape”

12:30 – 1:30

  • Committee Breakout & Working lunch

1:30 – 2:00

Committees’ Officers report on discussions.

2:00 – 3:30

  • Presentation on Diversion Pilot Project in Missoula County with Youth who Demonstrate Sexually Problematic Behaviors by Rebecca Weston, LCSW, JD; Brenda Erdelyi,LCSW, Brittany August, MSW candidate; MC Jenni, LCSW objectives: to explain the difference of definitions regarding youth who
    demonstrate sexual behavioral problems versus offending behavior, identify referral process and assessment utilization, and explain how this model is different than the traditional model in practice.
  • Questions & Answers

3:30 – 4:00

  • Close meeting, Designate Summer meeting location

$135 for non-Members

9:00 – 10:30am
Introduction to SAHMSA’s principles of trauma-informed care,The role of adversity in the development of criminal behavior

10:30 – 10:45am BREAK

10:45am – 12:15pm
Shifting perspective to a trauma-informed lens

12:15 – 1:15 pm

1:15 – 2:45pm
Translating to Practice: Implementing strengths-based, trauma-informed clinical practices for sex offenders in a correctional or outpatient setting:
Strategies for helping improve self-regulation, empathy, accountability, and distorted cognitive schema

2:45 – 3:00pm

3:00 – 4:30pm
Implementing strengths-based, trauma-informed clinical practices: The therapeutic alliance and corrective experience

Dr. Jill Levenson
Guest Speaker

Ph.D., Social Welfare, Florida International University, 2003
MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of Maryland, 1987
BA, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 1985

Impact and effectiveness of social policies and therapeutic interventions designed to reduce sexual violenceand the prevalence and impact of adverse childhood experiences and their influence on adult health, mental health, and criminal outcomes.

Dr. Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Social Work, is a SAMHSA-trained internationally recognized expert in trauma-informed care. She has published over 100 articles about policies and clinical interventions designed to prevent sexual abuse, including projects funded by the National Institutes of Justice and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her groundbreaking research on the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and sexually abusive behavior has paved the way for innovations in treatment programs that now utilize a trauma-informed approach. She has also been a practicing clinical social worker for nearly 30 years, using a scientist-practitioner model to inform her research and her work with survivors, offenders, and families impacted by sexual abuse.

In 2017 Jill Levenson was the recipient of Barry’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award!

Dr. Levenson has been invited to present as a keynote speaker about trauma-informed care in clinical, correctional, and forensic settings in Wisconsin, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Oregon, Michigan, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maryland, Colorado, New York, Minnesota, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She has co-authored four books about the treatment of sexual abuse, including the recently released book: Trauma Informed Care: Transforming treatment for people who have sexually abused, co-authored with Gwenda Willis and David Prescott, and published by Safer Society Press.


Our partnership with you is vital in Montana’s fight against sexual abuse! We ask that you take just a few moments to learn about our mission and what we want to achieve for our great state.

PERCENT Victims of sexual assault were under the age of 18
PERCENT assaulted by someone they knew or knew by sight.
PERCENT victims of sexual assault were under the age of 12.

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