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ASAP Workshops

Of interest to: Therapists, MHC Providers, students and MAPs

ASAP's Next Workshop:

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Workshops and Webinars

Over the past seven years ASAP has hosted 8 workshops to help mental health professionals learn better ways to respond to minor attracted persons (MAPs), with a mix of up to ten from each group. The professionals who attended were often already aware of the basic facts that not all offenders are pedophiles and not all pedophiles are offenders. They admired the courage of the MAPs who chose to identify themselves, often coming out for the first time. Although it was not intended to be therapy, many MAPs said it was therapeutic to meet others like themselves.

Direct Interaction with MAPs

ASAP workshops are a chance for professionals to get one-on-one time with non-offending - virtuous - pedophiles/MAPs outside the clinical setting. This promotes a greater level of connection and thus understanding all in order to help learn to best serve our clients.

  • Access to vital information
  • First hand real life experience
  • Role Play Exercises

Training and Qualification

Workshops include scheduled presentations and

  • Expert Presenters
  • Experienced Clinicians
  • Group Discussions
  • Networking opportunity

Feedback

ASAP is trying through our education initiatives to transform issues such as treatment of non-offending MAPs as unique classification of patient so we can start to talk seriously how we can use this to protect children from abuse.

Here is what some of our attendees told us sabout the last workshop:

"Just wanted to thank all of you as organizers, volunteers, and speakers. I was honored to listen and learn. Emily and Alex were powerful."

"This was a WONDERFUL workshop. All of the presenters were great. I'd love to hear more from Jon in the future too! My only ask would be for it to be a bit shorter if possible. Thank you so so much!"

"Everyone was good but Emily and Alex were amazing so I had to mark the others down. Thanks again to Dr Tenbergen!"

"Thank you so much for putting this on. As a therapist about to graduate, I want to be able to provide services to the MAP population. While not a MAP myself, I have OCD and can relate to feeling alone and debilitated by my condition, and the feeling drew me to learn more. I truly appreciate it and think what you guys are doing is impactful and necessary. "

"It was a wonderful event. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort (and stress!) to put it together."

"Alex was very authentic and genuine…. I would love to see him provide additional talks in future conferences. Very knowledgeable! "

"The workshop was long but all the presenters were impactful and provided invaluable information Regarding #10 (10.Was this workshop relevant to you?) - where it ask was it relevant to you? I said yes, but not in regards to me personally being a MAP but I will be graduating in May with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I am currently completing my internship at a Forensic Counseling site and my goal is continue working in this area as I am passionate about this field. Like Alex, I wanted to work with this population because I have great empathy for individuals such as MAPs who are ostracized by society and then forget that they are still human beings. And while there are some bad people in our world, there are many who simply needs love, support and unconditional positive regard to help them through their struggles."

"...It was really impactful to see all the different points of view, especially seeing a non-MAP person who radiates empathy and understanding and just true unselfish care for the community. I think that was a very important part of the workshop as it shows how healthcare professionals in this area should be. I joined as several of the participants from my research recommended it (Bly, Eliot, and Gary) and it was very helpful for my thesis, specifically for gaining new insight and also seeing which studies are currently relevant as I want to use research that is interesting and supported by the community in my literature review..."


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Past Workshops


Fall 2021

Toronto, Canada - Friday 8th - w/ Dr. Anselie Heasman and Dr. James Cantor both of CAMH

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Spring 2021

Effective Treatment Methodologies for Non-Offending Pedophiles and Consequent Benefits to Society

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Spring Workshop 2021

spring workshop ASAP

A Successful Event

We held the workshop in Tampa. This was the first time *ASAP used online meeting technology, along with in-house presenters, remote presenters, and other technical challenges to stage the event. It was a real team effort. Still it all seemed to flow smoothly without interruptions or other technical glitches. Being the first time *ASAP held a workshop using online technology the attendance was necessarily restricted, and we sadly had a turn more than a few people away. We hope that at the next workshop we will not have to impose the same cautious limits. That's the plan anyhow.

Many thanks again to our keynote speaker David Prescott. Of course we also had a wonderful presentation on how B4Uact "vets" the therapist on their list. And a special shout out to Jeremy Malcolm of Prostasia for not only acting as our broadcast director and A/V specialist, he gave a great talk on Prostasia's current effort to counter-balance societies latest self-harming trend of outlawing non-pornographic outlet for pedophiles sexual urges. Very interesting.

Of course these workshops are about the MAPs (minor attracted people) and several non-offending pedophiles/MAPs volunteered to give some of their journeys and especially relating to attempts to find "qualified" therapeutic options. We kept these persons' identities anonymous, for reasons we don't need to mention, but these presentations were brave and heartfelt, and again Kudos to all the wonderful MAPs that gave us their stories.

Not to mention that the venue was very accomodating and Clearwater Beach was beautiful. These events cannot happen without the hard, unending work of the *ASAP founders Gary Gibson and Tabitha Abel whom we know are appreciated and loved.

The next workshop for the fall is being discussed even now. If you want to be notified once registration is open just drop your name and email in the form above.

Fall Workshop 2021 in Toronto

fall workshop ASAP

Cooperation was the Key

This time, working with so many different groups, individuals, and institutions was the challenge to overcome. Even though our Gary Gibson had left the board of directors he stayed on as event coordinator, and thank the Gods for that. While we had hoped this time we would not have as many Covid restrictions, the event was set up to be held at the CAMH, and that is a hospital... so in the end we faced some new, challenging restrictions. At the top of that list was in-house - at the CAMH presentation hall - we were restricted to having only 10 people in on the grounds. But again, Gary Gibson found a way to pull it off. Thanks Again.

We are so grateful for our keynote speaker Ainslie Heasman and who gave us our workshop title and theme, "Talking for Change". I encourage everyone to visit: Talking for Change website. Her presentations were extremely poigneant and ASAP agrees with the idea that now is the time to begin a serious discussion about the role non-offending pedophiles can play in the true provention of childhood sexual abuse.

Amongst our illustrious line up, noted expert Dr. James Cantor gave us both a presentation and an Q & A session later in the day. We thank him and all our speakers this time for their generous assistance in furthering ASAP's, and the non-offending community, goals to educate the therapeutic community. It is why we hold these workshops.

ASAP is pleased also to thank some 20 non-offending pedophiles/MAPs that were in attendance, either on-site or on-line. A prominent feature of all ASAP workshops is we provide a forum where professionals can meet actual NOMAPs in person

Canada and its therapeutic community are all great allies

Rememberyou don't ever have to hurt a child

ASAP can help you with a number of options to help you not offend