Somerset Hunterdon Psychological Association

Luncheon Conference – December 8, 2017

“Evidence-Based Practice with Two Court Involved Populations”

Phillip Witt, Ph.D. & Victoria Width, Ph.D.

Two senior clinicians who work with court-involved clients (sex offenders and incarcerated juveniles) will discuss the nature of their work and various challenges of working with these populations.  They will help participants recognize contributing factors, assess potential changes in policy and describe effective treatment strategies.

Objectives – After this presentation participants will:

  1. Be able to discuss the two major risk factors that cause sex offenses
  2. List the commonalities and differences between contact sex offenders and those who solely download child pornography
  3. Describe the moderating effect of age on reoffense risk
  4. Discuss the environmental factors leading to child/adolescent incarceration (referred to as ACEs, adverse childhood experiences, by the CDC)
  5. Describe the neuropsychological, and epigenetic aspects of brain development that contribute to trauma and place an adolescent at risk for incarceration   
  6. Explain the implications of Erik Erikson’s Stage Model of Psychosocial Development gone awry in the life of the incarcerated adolescent male
  7. Discuss and assess alternatives to incarceration, and the reallocation of the $50,000 to $100,000 cost per year per adolescent for incarceration 

Target Population: All Mental Health Professionals

Program Sophistication:  Intermediate: Some basic knowledge of the specific content is required

Time11:30-12:00 PM Registration & Welcome,12:00-1:00 PM Luncheon, 1:00-3:00 Presentations/Q&A

LocationBeaver Brook Country Club, 25 Country Club Dr, Annandale, NJ  08801

Cost: $25.00 SHPA members / $35.00 non-members

About the Speakers:

Phil Witt specializes in forensic psychology  (psychology as applied to legal cases). He is a diplomate in forensic psychology of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, where he previously served on the examination panel. He serves on the clinical faculty of Rutgers Medical School. A past president of the NJPA, he was the 2001 recipient of that organization’s Psychologist of the Year award. He is on the editorial board of the Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology. He is Past President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He is the author of numerous articles regarding sex offender assessment and treatment.

Vicki Width is a licensed Psychologist, and a licensed School Psychologist.  She has been trained as a Forensic Psychologist and Divorce Mediator.  Dr. Width, a scholarship graduate of Gordon College, has graduate degrees from Rutgers University, Kean University and Seton Hall University.  She completed her internship at Elizabeth General Medical Center (Trinitas Regional Medical Center) in Elizabeth, NJ, and her neuropsychology internship at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Width worked as a school psychologist for 15 years and has been in private practice for 20 years. During this time, she was on staff at Warren Hospital and served as adjunct faculty at Seton Hall University. Throughout her career, Dr. Width worked with incarcerated adolescent males, through the Juvenile Justice System of New Jersey.   

Registration:  To reserve a space please contact Mark Aronson by December 1st at  You may also preregister by sending a check payable to SHPA to:

Mark Aronson, Ed.D. 12 Quimby Lane Bernardsville, NJ 07924

This program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) and the Somerset Hunterdon Psychological Association. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 2 CE Credits for Psychologists – CE fees (cash or check) payable to NJPA – Sustaining Members: Free, NJPA Members: $10, NJPA Non-Members: $20