Center for Healthy Sex presents a lecture by Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., MSCP, ABPP: "Is There a Personality Profile of a Sex Offender?"
"The Sex Experts" is a monthly professional lectures series for sex therapists and specialists to workshop and refine new material that they've been working with in an informal setting before their peers. Any particular statements expressed herein represent the views of the presenter(s) only, but not necessarily the perspective of Center for Healthy Sex (CHS). With this lecture series, CHS intends to explore important issues and encourage conversation within the therapeutic community, as well as provide a platform to emerging voices.
Understanding sex offenders is often difficult as there are a variety of offender groups with vastly different characteristics and predisposing factors. Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., ABPP will discuss the empirically supported risk factors associated with sexual offending as well as dispel myths regarding perceived risk factors that are unsupported by the research. Dr. Ermshar will also compare and contrast characteristics of various offender groups who engage in child sexual abuse, aggressive sexual acts toward non-consenting adults, possession of child pornography, and internet sexual abuse grooming. Included in this will be a discussion of personality profiles, psychopathy, pedophilia, and other psychological diagnoses and symptoms. Lastly, Dr. Ermshar will touch on common psycholegal issues surrounding sex-related crimes.
Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., MSCP, ABPP is a licensed clinical psychologist, with specialization in neuropsychology and forensic psychology. She has specialized training and experience in Bipolar Disorder, substance abuse disorders, child/adolescent development, schizophrenia, dual diagnosis, neuropsychology, and forensic psychology. Dr. Ermshar completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Patton State Hospital, the largest forensic state hospital in California. She has also completed a Postdoctoral Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. Dr. Ermshar is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and is one of less than 300 ABPP Diplomates in Forensic Psychology in the United States. Dr. Ermshar is an Associate Professor at the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University. Dr. Ermshar is currently on the medical staff of Las Encinas Hospital and Huntington Hospital, both in Pasadena.
Dr. Ermshar specializes in forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical/diagnostic psychological assessment and evaluation. Dr. Ermshar has served as an expert witness in numerous court cases within Federal Court, California Superior Courts, and California Juvenile Courts. Her consultation and expert testimony experience includes addressing legal questions pertinent to mental disability, competence to stand trial, mental state at the time of offense, risk assessment, developmental disorders, neuropsychological functioning, cognitive ability, psychological/emotional damages, sex offenses, syndrome evidence, memory and suggestibility, and various other criminal and civil forensic evaluations.
Dr. Ermshar also provides psychotherapy and specializes in the treatment of individuals in the corporate and entertainment industries, bipolar and psychotic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, gambling, sexual addictions, and other behavioral addictions, personality disorders (including antisocial and borderline personality disorders), autism spectrum disorders, and adolescent development. As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Ermshar conducts both adult and child/adolescent neuropsychological, educational, and cognitive evaluations to assist in Individual Education Program (IEP) needs, neuropsychological treatment, and diagnostic clarification of neurodevelopmental issues.
Center for Healthy Sex (CHS) is a community therapy center in Los Angeles that specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, sexual anorexia, porn addiction, sex addiction, and love addiction. Clients participate in the diverse programs, online courses and social services offered at Center for Healthy Sex - ranging from weekly support groups, couples sex therapy, and the 11-day Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to online classes, free lectures and podcasts. Center for Healthy Sex was co-founded by Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S, and Douglas Evans in 2005. Their stated mission is to offer men, women, and couples a safe place to receive professional psychotherapy to resolve shame, guilt, deception, or other barriers to healthy eroticism.
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