TAMU-Commerce offering three training seminars on sex, drug offenses

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 23, 2008 - Texas A&M University-Commerce has three days of special sessions coming up dealing with two of types of crimes becoming all too prevalent in today's society, sexual and drug offenses.

The first session, slated for Oct. 3, is the Ruth Ann White Day, in honor of Dr. Ruth Ann White, retired TAMU-C professor and a founding member of Texas Counseling Association, "for her contributions to the profession of student affairs." Dr. White has held numerous local, state and national student affairs posts. She's also served in leadership posts with South Association for College Student Affairs, Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators, and American Personnel and Guidance Association.

The free session, called "Understanding Today's Drug Culture," is sponsored by Hopkins County District Attorney's Office and TAMU-C's Department of Counseling, College of Education and Human Services and provost/vice president of academic and student affairs' office.

The Oct. 3 program is broken into three sessions. From 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Hopkins County-Sulphur Springs Special Crimes Unit Sgt. Investigators Tony Crouse and Harold McClure and Lt. Ron Plaxco will talk about "Illegal Drugs in Our Community." From 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Hopkins County District Attorney Martin Braddy will talk about the "Penalties for Possession of Illegal Drugs." The day will end with the 11 a.m. to 11:45 session. During this final discussion Dr. Linda Ball, TAMU-C assistant professor of counseling, and Dr. Steve Ball, TAMU-C professor of psychology and special education, will inform about some of the "Signs of Drug Use and Treatment Available."

The Oct. 3 Ruth Ann White Day will be held in the American Ball Room in Sam Rayburn Memorial Student Center at TAMU-C.

Next on the slate is a session of training seminars offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Leadership Room at Texas A&M Metroplex Center, located at 2600 Motley Drive in Mesquite. Six continuing education units can be attain for TCLEOSE, LPC, LCDC and social workers.

The CEUs are: drug facilitated sexual assault, post traumatic stress disorder in sexual victims, crisis intervention and victimology, acquaintance rape: betrayal of trust, and understanding female sexual offenders (ex. mary Kay LaTourneau, Debbie LaFavre and others).

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and First Service Alcohol and Drug Education Program costs $20 per person when paid before Oct. 2, and $25 per person later or at the door. Checks, money orders or cashier's checks made payable to "First Service Alcohol and Drug Education Program," along with the names of all individuals from the organization that will be in attendance, the full printed name of the person submitting the information should be mailed to: Texas A&M Metroplex Center; ATTN: Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks; 2600 Motley Driver; Mesquite, TX 75150.

The even is open to the public, but space is limited to only 150 people, so early registration is recommended.

For more information about the TAASA and First Service Alcohol and Drug Education Program on Oct. 16 in Mesquite, contact Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks at 903-450-3951 or lavelless@yahoo.com.

Yet another training seminar, offered Thursday, Nov. 13, in the American Ballroom, at Sam Rayburn Memorial Student Center at TAMU, also offers CEUs for TCLEOSE, LPC and social workers. The three credit hours, hosted by TAASA, TAMU-C Department of Counseling, and First Service Alcohol and Drug Education Program, explore "The Mind of the Sexual Predator."

The purpose of the workshop is reveal the types of sexual predators, their behaviors and how to identify them.

"During the workshop we will touch on topics such as what is sexual deviancy, what are the methods that offenders use to approach victims, and the four phases of the sexual crime. In addition, we will discuss paraphilias and their connection to fantasy, and go into detail discussing the different dangerous paraphilias. We will discuss in detail the relationship of fantasy as it relates to the sexual crime. In addition, we will talk about sexual homicide, sexual addicts, and conclude with interviewing techniques for this type of offender," training director Lyndel Williams stated.

The Nov. 13 class is from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is $20 per person before Nov. 6, and $25 per person at the door. A special rate of $10 is offered for current TAMU-C students.

Registration requires the printed full name and e-mail address of the person submitting the registration, the names of all individuals from the organization who will be in attendance and the full amount payable by check, money order or cashier's check payable to "First Service Alcohol and Drug Education Program." Mail complete registration to Texas A&M-Commerce, Department of Counseling; ATTN: Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks; P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429.

For questions about the Nov. 13 "Mind of the Sexual Predator" seminar, call Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks at 903-450-3951 or send him an e-mail at: lavelless@yahoo.com.

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