Conference aims

NL-ATSA, the University Forensic Centre (UFC) and the University of Antwerp are proud to announce that they will host the second edition of the conference “At the Crossroads: Future directions in sex offender treatment”

The first edition that took place in 2016, was a huge success. The first edition was organised by Thomas More Antwerp, the University Forensic Centre (UFC) & NL-ATSA. Fourteen internationally renowned speakers honored us with their presence and inspiring talks. The fact that this sold-out event was attended by more than 250 practitioners and researchers, clearly indicated that there is a need for such events. That’s why we decided to organize a new edition with lectures and workshops of several top-notch experts in the field of sex offender research and practice. We are looking forward to meeting you in Antwerp!

This unique conference will give researchers and practitioners from all over the world the opportunity to be informed about the most recent developments in sex offender research and practice. With this multiple-day conference we aim to give a comprehensive overview of recent developments in the assessment and treatment of sex offenders, and upcoming developments within this field. The conference aims to inspire both clinicians and researchers in their future work with these offenders.

Prior to the conference, two workshops will be offered. These preconference workshops comprise an in-depth training of important assessment and treatment skills. 

During the conference, a wide range of lectures and workshops will be offered. On the first day, a selection of highly regarded experts will discuss recent theoretical and empirical developments and how these developments might influence treatment programs. On the second day, topic sessions will be offered on: online offenders, juvenile offenders, risk communication, case formulation, and professional self-care. In the afternoon, future directions in sex offender treatment will be discussed. 

The conference aims to reach and cover a wide range of disciplines (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists, criminologists and social workers) involved in forensic mental health, policy and criminal justice. 

In addition, both researchers and practitioners are given the opportunity to present their studies and clinical cases on relevant topics during two poster sessions. We also give you the chance to chat with your (international) colleagues and the experts over a delicious conference dinner.

We hope that this conference set-up appeals to you and that you decide to attend our conference!

Looking forward seeing you in Antwerp!

NL-ATSA, UFC & UAntwerp