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"What happens when a high-risk sex offender is released from prison."


Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Nova Scotia invites you to participate in a discussion on the topic of "What happens when a high-risk sex offender is released from prison."

 

We are very fortunate to welcome highly respected researchers and therapists Dr. Robin Wilson and Andrew McWhinnie. They will be in Halifax to support the regional work of CoSA.

 

The following are the activities will take place during their visit. (Poster Attached).

 

Public Information Session

Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00pm

First Baptist Church, Halifax, 1300 Oxford Street

All Welcome

The purpose of this session is to invite the public into a discussion around the topic of what happens when a high risk sex offender is released from prison. Our guest speakers will discuss current research in the field as well as public policy and programs that can help reduce the likelihood of sexual recidivism and victimization.

 

Screening of the CBC documentary “I, Pedophile”

Friday, June 24th at 7:00pm

First Baptist Church, Halifax, 1300 Oxford Street

RSVP by June 17th to [email protected] 

The purpose of this session is to watch the recent documentary “I, Pedophile” and to discuss its themes in conversation with Robin and Andrew.

 

Presentation to Halifax Regional Police

Friday, June 24th by invitation only

Robin and Andrew will lead an information session for Halifax Regional Police and the RCMP. If you represent a law enforcement agency and would like to participate please contact: [email protected]

 

Presentation to CSC Parole Staff

Friday, June 24th by invitation only

Robin and Andrew will lead an information session for CSC staff. If you are involved in working with parolees and would like to participate please contact:

[email protected]

 

CoSA Symposium

Saturday, June 25th 9:30am – 4:00pm

First Baptist Church Halifax, 1300 Oxford Street

Robin and Andrew will lead those interested in potentially volunteering with CoSA in the best practices and lessons learned of the pro-social reintegration of convicted sex offenders. If you wish to participate you must RSVP to[email protected]

 

For further information please contact:

Rob Elford, Coordinator CoSA Halifax

902-292-7995

[email protected]

 

Bios for our guest speakers as follows:

 

Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP, is a researcher, educator, and board certified clinical psychologist who has worked with sexual and other offenders in hospital, correctional, and private practice settings for more than 30 years. He presently maintains an international practice in clinical and consulting psychology based in Sarasota, Florida, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Robin’s current interests are focused on collaborative models of risk management and restoration as persons of risk are transitioned from institutional to community settings. He has published and presented internationally on the diagnosis and treatment of social and sexual psychopathology, in addition to being a member of the editorial boards of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment, the Journal of Sexual Aggression, and the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.

 

Andrew McWhinnie earned his Master’s Degree in Psychology (specializing in the Psychology of Criminal Conduct) at Carleton University, in Ottawa. In the twenty years since, Andrew has authored and co-authored over 35 articles – the majority of them peer-reviewed -- and book chapters on topics related to Restorative Justice, Recidivism, Civil Commitment, and Sex Offender Reintegration methodology, including the internationally recognized work of Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA). His corporate client list is global in scope and practice, ranging from Eastern Europe, North America and the Korean peninsula. In private practice, Mr. McWhinnie works with men who have difficulty with their sexual behavior, specializing in the areas of sexual assault and internet sexual crimes. Mr. McWhinnie works extensively with the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s child prote


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