Leesl Herman has worked in the field of sex offender management for over a decade. She began coordinating a small contract for juvenile parolees in 2004 that rapidly grew into one of the largest out-patient sex offender treatment programs in California.
She developed and served as Administrative Director for a specialized 6 bed sex offender placement facility for transitional aged youth for 7 years. This unique facility and its pilot program provided a wide range of reentry services from education to job skills training and life skills development. Leesl contributed to the development of a comprehensive out-of-home placement policy and procedure protocol for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice. Over the past 10 years, Leesl has developed a diverse range of programs and protocols to address the complex and varying needs of perpetrators of sexual violence and those with sexual behavior problems. As Regional Director of southern California for a large incorporated private practice, she managed contracts with local, state and federal agencies to provide treatment and management services to their clients. She believes that clinicians engaged in this important work must attend to their own health and wellness, supporting the development of trainings and practices within ATS. Since 2008 Leesl has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California Coalition on Sexual Offending (CCOSO), chairing multiple statewide training conferences, serving as Chairperson for 2011-2012 and is currently the acting Vice Chairperson of the Board. In May 2014 she was awarded the Fay Honey Knopp award "in recognition & Appreciation for outstanding leadership and dedication to CCOSO".
Christina Bennett, LMFT
"Chris" Bennett is recognized for her numerous contributions to the field of sex offender treatment and management in California over the past 24 years. She has been on the Executive Board of the California Coalition on Sexual Offending for the past 8 years, concurrently serving as the Chairperson of the Annual Training conference of this organization in 2008, 2013 and 2014. Christina is one of the primary authors of the CCOSO Guidelines and Best Practices: Adult Male Sexual Offender Treatment 2010, drawing on her extensive experience providing specialized treatment to both adult and juvenile sexual offenders. An engaging speaker, Christina has regularly presented workshops at the CCOSO annual training conferences.
She began working in the field of sex offender treatment in 1992 while interning as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked as a senior social worker involved in creating and facilitating treatment programs including, treatment planning, individual, group and family therapy, behavior modification plans at a California licensed non-profit facility providing residential, educational and therapeutic services to adolescent male sexual offenders, between the ages of 11 and 19. In the following two decades she has become a leading voice in the field, working to bring best practices and evidence based approaches to sex offender management to California. Beginning in 2006, Christina worked with adult "high risk" offenders from the CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, treating them and supervising other clinicians providing treatment. She has spent the last 8 years working with adult offenders on CDCR parole and on county probation. In 2013 Christina was awarded the Fay Honey Knopp award "Outstanding Dedication and Committed Service to the field of Sex Offender Treatment" from the CCOSO.
Ryan Rickert, LMFT
Dr. Ryan Rickert is a licensed psychotherapist in Palm Springs and the Inland Empire specializing in sex therapy and sex offender specific treatment. Practicing psychotherapy in a variety of settings for over a decade, Dr. Rickert utilizes humanistic and existential themes in a process of helping clients achieve self-discovery. He is currently in training at C.G. Jung Study Center to become a Jungian Analyst. His approach is not to help others fit into the collective culture at large, but rather to engage in a collaborative and unique journey to find one’s true and authentic self. Dr. Rickert is certified with the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) and holds a doctoral degree in human sexuality. He is also an AASECT certified sex therapist.