Elizabeth J. Griffin, MA, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over thirty-eight years of experience assessing and treating adults who struggle with problematic sexual behaviors, including sexually compulsive behaviors and sexual offense behaviors. She specializes in assessing and treating individuals who have engaged in online sexual offense behavior and has incorporated assessment for problematic gaming and sexuality into her evaluations. Ms. Griffin has worked in various settings including in-patient, out-patient, military, prison, and civil commitment. She lectures and consults nationally on the assessment and treatment of problematic online sexual behaviors, sexual offending behaviors and sexual compulsivity. Ms. Griffin has published numerous academic articles on issues related to problematic sexual behavior. Ms. Griffin is the founder of Internet Behavior Consulting, a company focused on issues related to problematic online behavior.
Dr. David L. Delmonico, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS is a Licensed Professional Counseling (PA), National Board Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Delmonico earned degrees in psychology, community counseling, and counselor education and supervision at Kent State University. In 2003, Dr. Delmonico and his business partner Elizabeth Griffin, MA, LMFT, established Internet Behavior Consulting, LLC. IBC conducts research, consultation, and training on topics related to problematic online sexual behavior – including sexual addiction / sexual compulsivity/hypersexuality, cyberpsychology, and cyberoffense behavior. Training audiences include mental health workers, probation/parole officers, law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys, etc. Dr. Delmonico co-authored four books, including In the Shadows of the Net, Cybersex Unhooked, Cybersex Unplugged, and Illegal Images. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on various technology and sexuality topics.
Dr. Stephen Kuniak, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS is an Assistant Professor in Lock Haven University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and a Past President of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. Dr. Kuniak is also a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in PA and a clinical supervisor. He holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University. Additionally, he is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Kuniak has practiced for over 15 years in the areas of family counseling, drug and alcohol counseling as the clinical director of a counseling agency, and in private practice. Dr. Kuniak’s areas of professional interest are in counseling theories and practice, anxiety disorder treatment, substance use treatment, family counseling, human sexuality education and treatment, as an LGBTQIA+ community ally, and clinical supervision. His unique focus is on the clinical application of pop culture and gaming. This includes focusing on understanding the gaming community as a unique culture. He has published and presented on the use of these forms of media as opportunities to build rapport, create metaphors, and to help clients practice important skills. He has been interviewed by publications like the Washington Post and Counseling Today.
Hitting Reset: Examining the Gamer Culture through a Sex Offense Lens
Friday 1:45pm – 5:00PM – 3 CEU Awarded
It is estimated there are nearly 2.7 million gamers worldwide – some of whom are also individuals who commit sexual offenses. Sexual innuendo, online sexual interactions, and direct conversations about sexuality between adults and children are common in the gaming world. Understanding “gamer culture” and how it may be involved in grooming behavior and the commission of sexual offense behavior is critical for evaluators, treatment providers, and probation. Using lecture and demonstration, this presentation will illustrate the risks gaming may pose for both juveniles and individuals at risk of engaging in sexual offense behavior. Prevention strategies and the positive aspects of gaming will also be discussed. The presentation will offer information related to professionals who evaluate, treat, and/or supervise both juveniles and adults.
Agenda for 3 Hour Presentation
Introductions, Purpose, Objectives (5 Minutes)
Psychology of Technology/Impact on Brain and Development (15 Minutes)
Gaming Culture (15 Minutes)
- What is a gamer?
- What is a game?
- What is gamer culture?
Gaming and Sexuality (40 Minutes)
Break (10 Minutes)
Assessment / Management / Treatment (90 Minutes)
Question and Answer (5 Minutes)
Objectives: In this workshop, participants will:
Learn about the “gamer” culture and its relationship to sexual offense behavior.
Learn how gamers can use in-game sexualized behaviors to groom children.
Learn information related to the assessment of problematic gaming
Learn skills to discuss gaming in therapeutic ways with juvenile and adult gamers.
Learn strategies to assist in the management of individuals on probation.
Learn sexual abuse prevention strategies related to both offenders and victims
Meets Florida Requirements
64B4-7.0081 Requirements to be a Qualified Practitioner for Completing Risk Assessments and Treatment of Sexual Offenders.
(4) A qualified practitioner under this rule shall possess 40 hours of graduate coursework and/or post degree continuing education in all of the following core areas with a minimum of three (3) hours per area:
(a) Etiological theories of sexual deviance, criminality, and aggression;
f) Safety planning, for use of the Internet, and/or other new technologies which allow access to sexual material or simulation of sexual activities, and Family Safety planning related to contact with children;
(i) Understanding the role of early trauma, the intergenerational cycle of abuse, other environmental, social, and neurobiological factors that contribute to the development of sexually abusive behaviors, and trauma-informed practices;
(k) Impact of sexually abusive behaviors on victims.
64B4-7.007 Requirement to Hold Oneself Out as Qualified to Practice Juvenile Sex Offender Therapy
1. (b) Developmental sexuality, including sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology, gender and sexual identity, and sexual diversity;
1. (c) Interaction between sexuality and the dynamics of interpersonal and family relationships;
1. (f) Victim empathy and victimology;
1. (h) Dynamics of power and control;