Ilona Čėsnienė is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Vilnius University. She teaches postgraduate courses in forensic psychological assessment and counselling, undertakes research and supervises probationary psychologists. Her particular research interests are centred on the assessment, theoretical understanding and treatment of violent as well as sex offenders. I. Čėsnienė is currently the principal researcher of a researcher teams‘ project “The relationship between personality traits and criminal risk factors in a sample of incarcerated violent offenders”. Since 2013, she is the first representative of Lithuania and MC member in the COST Action IS1302 “Towards an EU research framework on forensic psychiatric care”.
Ieva Daniūnaitė – psychologist, director of the program „Childhood without Abuse“ in Children Support Centre. Works in the field of child sexual abuse prevention and intervention already for ten years. I. Daniunaite constantly coordinates and provides help for sexual abuse victims – children, teenagers and their families, develops child sexual abuse prevention programs and methodological recommendation for specialists, leads trainings for psychologists, child rights protection specialists, legal officers and other specialists.
Dr. Neringa Grigutytė teaches Clinical Psychology at Vilnius University; she is an active practicing psychotherapist and current President of Lithuanian Psychologists’ Association. Neringa’s PhD research was on trauma management of sexually abused adolescents. Psychological help to sexually abused children and adolescents remains an important field of Neringas scientific research as well as practical work. She is experienced in providing psychological help to families, sexually abused children and adolescents, teaches seminars and workshops for other specialists, writes books and tutorials as well as scientific publications on psychological aspects of trauma.
Dr. David Hof has expertise in working with people with sex offending behaviors and has provided treatment for this population for over 20 years. Dr. David Hof had created and validated specialized treatment protocol for addressing issues of sex offending behaviours and developed training program for mental health practitioners “Concurrent Treatment of Sexual Victimization and Sex Offending Behaviors”. This advanced training, which goes beyond treating sexual reactive individuals, outlines a 28-step treatment paradigm for children and adolescent sex offenders with a history of sexual victimization (Hof, Dinsmore, Hock, Bishop, & Scofield, 2009). As an alternative to the traditional treatment of isolating sex offending behaviors in therapeutic treatment, this step-by-step process addresses sexual victimization in conjunction with sex offending behaviors. Components of this treatment paradigm are the result of over 22 years of experience using evidence-based treatment methods with children and adolescents diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, and socioeconomic status.
Dr. Daniel Hof has expertise in the treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of mental health issues, in diverse settings that include in-patient, residential, private practice and schools settings. Dan was trained as a master’s level clinical mental health counselor. The focus of his work was with high-risk adolescents that had been adjudicated through the court system. His doctoral work was in school psychology from the University of South Dakota. Dan has been working as a school psychologist for eighteen years were his focus is on behavioral modification, assessment and student risk management.
Dr. Giedrė Jonušienė is psychiatrist having qualification of sexual medical doctor (FECSM). Doctor of Medical Sciences since 2004 published over 40 abstracts and publications on the subject of sexual functioning. Giedrė is co-author of international medical sexual and gender studies textbook “The EFS and EUMM Syllabus of Clinical Sexology“ (2013) and responsible editor of the magazine for professionals “Sexual Medicine“. Currently she is working in Lithuania and Norway.
Douglas R. Tillman has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from the University of South Dakota, M.S. Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a B.S. In Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in Kearney. He has nine years of experience as a practicing counselor in private practice, community mental health agency, and in-patient mental health treatment centers, as well as four years experience as a counselor educator whose primary instructional load is clinical coursework.
Dr. Kristina Žardeckaitė-Matulaitienė. PhD in Social Sciences (psychology). She teaches at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU). One field of her scientific interests is gender issues in psychology. She has published 4 articles and prepared 13 presentations in various national and international conferences on the topic of gender psychology. Since 2007 Kristina teaches gender psychology course at Vytautas Magnus University. In 2014 students rated her as one of the best teachers of VMU.