News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032



January 27, 2012

Inside Criminal Minds Series Continues at York Technical College

ROCK HILLOn Friday, February 3, York Technical College’s Corporate and Continuing Education division will host the next session in its Inside Criminal Minds series: Sex Offenders in Our Community. This one-day seminar, which will include participation by a group of sex offenders who have been through sex offender treatment, will take place at the Baxter Hood Center. The sex offenders will discuss how and why they committed their offence. Special emphasis will be placed on how offenders develop and what can be done to identify and prevent potential sex offenders from causing harm.

This training, led by Ben Motley, MA, CCFC, CCSOTS, is a one-of-a kind opportunity that anyone interested in community safety will not want to miss. Participants should be advised that discussion will be open and frank.

In the morning session, the latest developments in sex offender management and treatment will be presented. Sex offenders who have graduated from a treatment program will share their insights into why people hurt others in these terrible ways and what the general public can do to protect themselves, their families, and the community.

In the afternoon, a presenter from the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse will discuss how to keep families safe while using the Internet. She will provide participants with the necessary information to combat online predators.

To close out the training, a panel of attorneys from the Attorney General's Office, South Carolina Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services, as well as a public defender and prosecutor will help participants better understand the legal challenges of managing and working with sex offenders. All attendees will leave the program with a better understanding of the risks posed to our community by sex offenders and effective ways to manage this risk.

The program will provide continuing education credits for a number of disciplines, including one and half ethics hours for attorneys.

The goals of the training series will be to gain a better understanding of the minds of offenders by learning directly from them and the people who work with them.

2012 Inside Criminal Minds Schedule:
May 18 - Inside Criminal Minds: Gangs in Our Community
August 17 - Inside Criminal Minds: Domestic Violence Offenders in Our Community
November 16 - Inside Criminal Minds: Juvenile Offenders in Our Community

Each training session will be pre-approved for 6 hours of Continuing Education Credit by the S.C. Board of Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, School Psychologists, the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, the S.C. Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization, Victim Advocates, and the S.C. Department of Social Services. All sessions will include an ethics panel of legal professionals.

Sponsors for the series include the Rock Hill Police Department, the Lancaster Police Department, the 16th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the Office of the S.C. Attorney General, the 16th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office, the York County Sheriff’s Office-Victim Assistance Unit, the York County Department of Social Services, the S.C. Dept. of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Three Trees Center for Change, and Good Success Consulting Group.

The cost of each seminar is $89.99. Registration can be done online, by phone, or mail. For more information, contact Linda Bolick, ADN, RN, at (803) 981-7194 or lbolick@yorktech.edu. A flyer can be downloaded here: www.InsideCriminalMindsPanel.com.

About the Presenter
Ben Motley is a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor and a Clinically Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist. Prior to starting Three Trees Center for Change, he supervised court diversion programs and worked as a mental health therapist in residential treatment facilities and community mental health agencies. Motley is an active member of the South Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, has been awarded clinical membership in the internationally-recognized Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and is certified by the South Carolina Department of Social Services to supervise and facilitate batterer treatment. He completed his Masters in Multicultural Education, further graduate work in clinical psychology, and is now working on developing the Stop, Drop, and Think forensic counseling model that emphasizes the use of evidence-based practices, accountability, and community teamwork in working with offenders.

Motley can be reached at (803) 207-0558 or info@threetreesCFC.com. For more information about Three Trees Center for Change, visit www.ThreeTreesCFC.com.

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC 29730