AAFP Live: Evaluating Risk in Child Pornography Offenders (Sept 25)

AAFP Live: Evaluating Risk in Child Pornography Offenders (Sept 25)


9am – 1pm (Pacific) / Noon – 4pm (Eastern)

4 Hours / 4 CEs

Program Description

Evaluating Risk in Child Pornography Offenders | Friday, September 25, 2020

The focus of this program is assessment of persons found in possession of child pornography, including those with no known history of contact offenses. After a brief discussion of relevant ethical and legal considerations, reviewed are interviewing techniques and Forensic assessment instruments for use in these evaluations. Next reviewed are risk factors for offending, followed by a discussion of how emerging technology and encryption systems are used to solicit and exploit child victims.

Psychologists attending this session will be able to:

  • identify key legal and ethical issues specific to assessing child pornography offenders,
  • identify and use tools that are of value with respect to structuring judgments about offense risk with child pornography offenders,
  • identify risk and motivating factors for child pornography offenders,
  • describe how emerging technology, including the “Dark Web” is utilized to solicit and exploit victims.


Presented by Kostas A. Katsavdakis, PhD, ABPP

Kostas A. Katsavdakis, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist and board-certified forensic psychologist, and he is an adjunct faculty member at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Katsavdakis evaluates defendants charged with violent sexual and violent non-sexual crimes, and he conducts threat assessments in workplace and related settings. In addition to his forensic work, he maintains a clinical caseload, treating both adults and juveniles.

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