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Welcome to our next IATSO Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania!

August 28 - 31, 2018

at the Crowne Plaza Vilnius



"Successfully Implementing Sexual Offender Treatment and Management:
What is Helping and what is Hindering?"

On behalf of the Scientific and the Local Organizing committees, we invite you to the 15th Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) to be held in Vilnius (Lithuania) from August 28th to 31st, 2018. We are honored that it is the first time the IATSO conference will take place in an Eastern European country.

The conference topic "Successfully Implementing Sexual Offender Treatment and Management: What is Helping and what is Hindering?" is aiming to continue the debate about challenges and opportunities in treatment and management of sexual offenders. Like surgery, which can only be successful in a certain environment, also sexual offender treatment and management needs specific of even unique conditions to be effective. Discussions are necessary about which legal and societal circumstances as well as which clinical environments we need to implement as effective treatment and management strategies as possible. Therefore, the current IATSO conference in Vilnius is aiming to share and discuss evidence-based research, approaches and best practices in the field as well as to create framework conditions supporting effective strategies for policy makers.

Vilnius is the Capital of Lithuania, which is rich in architecture, historical monuments, culture heritage, thematic festivals, and entertainments. Vilnius University, founded in 1579, prides itself on being the oldest higher education institution in the country and among the oldest in Eastern Europe. We look forward to welcoming you to Lithuania and to a conference that promises to be a great scientific and social event.


Ilona Laurinaitytė, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

Martin Rettenberger, IATSO Secretary General

Reinhard Eher, IATSO President Elect

Ellids Kristensen, IATSO President



You can register for the conference by clicking here



Keynote speakers (plenary sessions):


  • Kelly M. Babchishin (Canada): Towards a better understanding of incest: A review of sibling and father-daughter incest
  • Anthony Beech (United Kingdom): Risk factors for sexual offending indicating innovative approaches to treatment
  • James M. Cantor (Canada): Neurobiology of pedophilia or paraphilia?  Towards a ‘Grand Unified Theory’ of sexual interests
  • Meredith L. Chivers (Canada): Gender, sexual arousal, and sexual desire
  • Franca Cortoni (Canada): Female sexual offenders: A special subgroup
  • Donald Findlater (UK):The Eradicating Child Sexual Abuse Project (ECSA) – Taking the next steps in prevention
  • Theresa Gannon (UK): Future directions in sexual offending: Is treatment effective?
  • R. Karl Hanson (Canada): Release from the sex offender label: Years offence free and dynamic reassessment
  • Brian Judd (USA) & Vernon L. Quinsey (Canada): An annotated history of risk assessment: The emergence of the VRAG-R
  • Ilona Laurinaitytė (Lithuania): Challenges of implementing evidence-based practices in sex offender management
  • Elizabeth J. Letourneau (USA): Sound policy and practice to prevent and address sex crime
  • CANCELLED!! Liam Marshall (Canada): A knowledge translation informed integrated approach to the treatment of sex offenders
  • CANCELLED!! Boris Schiffer (Germany): Neurobiological underpinnings of pedophilia and child sexual offending
  • Jessica Yakeley (UK): Paraphilias, perversions, personality disorders and psychoanalysis: Diagnostic controversies


Pre-conference workshops:

  • Kelly M. Babchishin (Canada): Users of child sexual exploitation material: A review
  • Anthony Beech (United Kingdom): Challenges and debates in risk assessment: Moving the field forward or not?
  • James M. Cantor (Canada): Pedophilia and the brain: The three big questions now asked and answered
  • Franca Cortoni (Canada): Gender-informed assessment and treatment approaches with women who sexually offend
  • R. Karl Hanson (Canada): Empirical methods for revising placement in the standardized risk levels for sexual offenders
  • Brian Judd (USA) & L. Maaike Helmus (New Zealand): The Violence Risk Appraisal Guide – Revised (VRAG-R): Application to European offenders
  • CANCELLED!!  Liam Marshall (Canada): Effective strategies for working with sex offenders in denial
  • Jessica Yakeley (UK): When sexual fantasy becomes violent reality: Working psychoanalytically with sex and violence



Local Organizing Committee (Vilnius University)

Ilona Laurinaitytė,  Chair

Alfredas Laurinavičius, Vice-Chair

Virginija Klimukienė

Laura Ustinavičiūtė