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FLPN WORKSHOP: The impact & influence of pornography (sexually explicit material) consumption on children & adolescents incl. adolescents who sexually cause harm

Presented by Dr. Russell Pratt, Forensic/Consulting Psychologist  - Dr Russ Pratt BA (Hons), DPsych., Adv Dip Bus Man., Forensic and Counselling Psychologist,  principal of Prime Forensic Psychology, is recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced forensic psychologists working in the areas of sexual abuse and child protection issues. Russ works with sexually abusive youth, and he writes and researches topics relevant to the field. He consults and provides training within Australia and internationally. His current research with Ms Cyra Fernandes (Australian Childhood Foundation) focuses on therapists’ views on the impact of pornography on sexually abusive youth. Russ can be seen and heard regularly through print, television and radio - He is a popular interviewee/speaker on the topics of sexual abuse, pornography and trauma.

Pornography has existed since humans commenced carving images to stone, however it’s only in the past 6 decades that pornography has significantly ‘entered the mainstream’, impacting language, dress-sense, body image, & sexual practices. For anyone 35+, what you

remember porn was like when you were a teenager is not what porn is now. A significant & growing body of research and general information exists regarding the impact of this ‘new’ pornography, including on adolescent sexual behaviour. Surprisingly, there is little research on how

consumption of pornography impacts youth who engage in sexually abusive behaviours. From 2014+, Pratt & Fernandes have undertaken quantitative research on pornography’s influence on sexually abusive youth.  A key question that is often asked is whether pornography

acts as a “How to” manual regarding sexual behaviour. Also whether pornography desensitizes sexually abusive youth to the       harm they might cause. Basically, the workshop covers “…all things porn”. In this day-long workshop, Russell draws upon current literature

and research, practice experience and treatment/practice knowledge to present;

TOPICS COVERED • A brief history of pornography • The impacts of pornography on language, dress, body image, sexual health and sexual practices for both adults and adolescents • Clinical implications of  pornography consumption for mainstream adolescents

• Potential parallels with online gaming issues and      violent video gaming practices which present challenges for adolescents • The potential for ‘porn-addiction’  • What emerging research with high-school age youth tells us about sexual practices

• The impact of pornography consumption on youth who are sexually abusive • A set of practice principles is proposed to assist sexually abusive youth to manage pornography consumption; The Savvy Consumer model (Pratt & Fernandes).  

Questions, comments and interactions from the audience are both welcomed and encouraged. 

FOR: Lawyers, Psychologists, Youth workers, Counsellors, Teachers, Social workers

Friday, 2nd. August, 2019, 10am – 4pm

$80 per person (includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch)

BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB, PRESIDENTIAL ROOM, LEVEL 2,   99 ANDERSON Street,  MANUNDA

Off-street all-day parking available for most delegates

RSVP NO LATER THAN 26 JULY, 2019

For an application form email: [email protected]