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FGCU Invites Educators, Administrators to "Understanding and Identifying Sexual Predators: A Seminar for Educators"

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites educators, administrators, students and the general public to "Understanding and Identifying Sexual Predators: A Seminar for Educators," 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23 in the Student Union ballroom to learn about typical precursor sexual paraphiliac behaviors individuals exhibit before acting criminally.

The seminar is hosted by the FGCU Southeastern Center for Excellence in Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Institute for Forensic Excellence, and presented by associate professor of criminal forensic studies Duane Dobbert, whose new book "Halting the Sexual Predators Among Us: Preventing Attack, Rape, and Lust Homicide" is the only one of its kind in America and is gaining widespread attention.

Intake coordinator Kelley Jones of Starr Commonwealth Schools in Michigan and Ohio will also present at the seminar. Starr Commonwealth Schools is an internationally recognized residential and outpatient child service organization providing residential and foster care services to delinquent and sexually offending youth between the ages of 8 and 18.

Sessions include discussions on mental health versus criminal justice perspectives, characteristics of clinical sexual paraphilias, paraphiliac behavior on a continuum, identifying behavioral changes in the victim and intervention strategies, and focuses on the theoretical and applied perspectives Dobbert presents in his book.

Dobbert has 35 years of professional experience in the criminal justice system and has interviewed thousands of sexual predators.

The dean of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Abuse Counseling and Treatment of Florida, and Sen. Burt Saunders heralded Dobbert's book as an unprecedented manuscript for psychology clinicians and law enforcement personnel.

Dobbert said incarceration and therapy have not reduced the rates of crimes such as juvenile sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. By society participating in prevention, those rates can be decreased. Dobbert walks people through the eyes of the sexual predator to understand the motives and intentions of people with abnormal and uncontrollable desires.

Dobbert is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties.

Registration is $75 for professionals and $50 for students, and includes refreshments. Lunch is not provided. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

For more information, contact Dobbert at (239) 590-7816 or , or Frank Thompson at .

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