PAULA B. BRUST, MA, LPC, NCC, SOAB Board Member
2200 Ash Street, Scranton, PA 18510 (570) 969-2510
5/87 to PRESENT:
Currently operating a private counseling practice in Jessup. Responsibilities: Individual, Marital, Family counseling; stress management, relaxation training, assertiveness training, and women’s issues. Treatment provided to drug/alcohol and numerous addictive behaviors. Counseling for victims of sexual violence/sexual offenders. Relapse prevention techniques. Approved provider for treatment of sex offenders and sexually violent predators.
12/02 to PRESENT:
BOARD MEMBER OF PENNSYLVANIA SEXUAL OFFENDERS ASSESSMENT BOARD
Responsibilities include Parole Board Risk Assessments and Assessments for Sexually Violent Predator. Completion of 2000 hours direct service with sex offenders, sex offender/sexual deviance research, education, supervision of staff working in the field of sexual deviance. Attends specialized trainings in the field of sexual deviance, including participation in the SOAB sponsored trainings (minimum of 15 hours credit annually). Consults with the SOAB staff psychologist and other mental health professionals experienced in the evaluation and treatment of sexual deviancy. Uses tests/methods approved by the SOAB, having been found relevant, valid, and reliable for use under the mandate imposed by statute. Adheres to a standard format for the assessments, and conducts the assessment using the same criteria as all other SOAB board members. As an appointee of the Governor, follows the Code of Conduct, as it applies to officials/employees of the Commonwealth. Reviews all documents/literature provided for consideration in the course of duties as an expert in the field of sexual deviancy. As a board member, I adhere to the following standards for the assessment of sex offenders required by statute:
(1) Conducts empirically based/guided forensic assessment
(2) Addressed the referral question re: mental abnormality/personality disorder and predatory sexual violence
(3) Does not use risk assessment instruments for court ordered assessments, only parole board risk assessments.
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT: U.S.MARSHALL’S WITNESS PROTECTION PRO-GRAM, SCRANTON, PA
Provided wide range of counseling services for government protected witnesses in areas of drug/alcohol addiction, sexual offenses, criminal behaviors. Reported directly to U.S. Marshall in Scranton, PA.
1/98 to 5/04:
PENN STATE WORTHINGTON SCRANTON CAMPUS, Throop, PA
Title: Adjunct Faculty Professor
Responsibilities: Teach Introduction to Psychology
8/96 to 1/97:
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, subcontracted by Maximus RMA and Behavioral Health Options.
Title: Field Case Manager
Responsibilities: Administration of ASI (Addiction Severity Index) to clients receiving SSI benefits for drug and alcohol conditions. Assessment of client’s condition; referral to: drug and alcohol agency, detox, or other appropriate placement. Continuous monitoring of client’s progress throughout this period with their primary therapists.
2/91 to 2/95:
LACKAWANNA JUNIOR COLLEGE, Scranton, PA
Title: Adjunct Faculty
Responsibilities: Teach Developmental Psychology, Stress Management, Assertiveness Training, and other self-development courses. Taught Intro to Psychology via TELE-TEACHING to Minnesota in summer of 1994.
1/94 to 11/95:
SPECIALTY RECORDS CORPORATION, Olyphant, PA
Title: Stress Management Consultant
Responsibilities: Instruct management, supervisors, and shift employers on fundamentals of stress management, providing education and relaxation techniques.
2/90 to 2/91:
COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER’S OPTIFAST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM, Scranton, PA
Title: Behavioral Clinician
Responsibilities: Conduct individual consultations for intake/screening; facilitate weekly groups dealing with educational aspect of weight control/exercise/behavior modification, as well as individual counseling.
9/85 to 5/87:
SCRANTON COUNSELING CENTER, Scranton, PA
Title: Mental Health Clinician
Responsibilities: Individual, group, marital counseling; organization/implementation of client programs; comprehensive treatment planning; and general case management, including treatment with addictive populations, sex offenders, and relapse prevention.
1981 to 1985:
ALLIED SERVICES COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL REHAB PROGRAM, Scranton, PA
Title: Resident Counselor
Responsibilities: Teaching ADL skills to mental health clients; comprehensive treatment planning; implementing goal plans; family sessions; individual and group counseling; general case management.
1/82 TO 5/85
MARYWOOD COLLEGE, Scranton, PA
Master’s Degree, Clinical Psychology
9/79 TO 5/81
MARYWOOD COLLEGE, Scranton, PA
Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology. Graduated cum laude.
Psychology Internship: Farview State Hospital, Waymart, PA.
9/77 TO 5/79
KEYSTONE JUNIOR COLLEGE, La Plume, PA
Associate Degree, Liberal Arts. Graduated cum laude.
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (10-21-89)
American Counseling Association
Northeast Pennsylvania Counseling Association
International Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
The Dean’s List
Licensed Professional Counselor #PC000482 (3-13-02)
Certified Forensic Addictions Examiner (3-3-04)
ATSA Clinical Member
Certificate of Approval for Treatment of Sex Offenders (12-18-03)
Interned at the Forensic Treatment Services in Allentown, PA, under the supervision of
Veronique Valliere, PhD in 2002.
SOAB/SEX OFFENDER TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS:
6-28-02: Expert Witness Testimony in Sex Offender Risk Assessment Cases (Sachsenmaier)
Ethical Considerations in Expert Witness Testimony in Sex Offender Risk Assessment Cases
12-20-02: In the Shadows of the Net: Assessing and Treating Cybersex (Delmonico/Griffin)
1-24-03: Sexual Offending as a Public Health Problem, A New Approach to Relapse Prevention (Laws)
3-28-03: Structured Risk Assessment (Thornton)
6-27-03: New Research on Offense Paths for Male, Female, and Adolescent Sex Offenders (Salter)
9-5-03: Using Research to Improve Sexual Offender Risk Assessments, Meta Analysis and Empirical Risk Scales (Hanson)
11-20-03: PA Sex Offender Civil Commitment Law (Dombach)
11-21-03: Adolescent Sex Offender Strategies (Prentky)
3-26-04: Sex Offender Treatment (Marshall)
5-7-04: 2004 Update on Psychotropic Medications (Silbert)
6-11-04: Reintegration of Sex Offenders into the Community (Salter)
9-23-04: Megan’s Law and Act 21 of 2003—SOAB Assessment Protocol (Dombach)
11-16-04: Sexual Violence (Hazlewood)
11-18-04: SOAB Assessment Formats (Dombach)
11-19-04: Sex Offenders Online (Delmonico/Griffin)
1-21-05: Hare Psychopathy Checklist Revised—Implication for Risk Assessment (Forth)
3-3-05: SOAB Standards (Dombach)
3-4-05: An Empirically Guided Risk Assessment Tool to Estimate the Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism and Ethical and Procedural Prerequisites for Assessment (Worling)
5-12-05: Answering the Referral Question According to Board Practice: How the Factors Inform the Referral Question (Dombach, Mickere)
5-13-05: Motivational Interviewing with Sex Offenders (McGrath)
9-23-05: The Deadly Dilemma: Are We Raising a Generation of Sexual Thieves? (Hindman)
11-18-05: Testifying as a Mental Health Expert Witness (Bersoff)
1-19-06: Board Member Practice in Relationship to the Governor’s Code of Conduct—A Matter of Ethics (Dombach)
1-20-06: Understanding and Treating the Precarious Nature of Children’s Sexual Health (Hindman)
3-24-06: Comprehensive Sex Offender Treatment (Salter)
6-2-06: The Self Regulation Model of the Offense & Relapse Process (Yates)
11-30-06: Treating Sexually Violent Predators in Pennsylvania: Ethical Dilemmas (Dombach)
12-1-06: The Megan’s Law Question: From Differential Diagnoses through Scales, Tools, Tests (Doren)
3-22-07: Recent SOAB Cases; Ethical Issues Review
3-23-07: Suggested Changes in Treatment of Adolescent Sexual Abusers (Burton)
5-17-07: Recent SOAB Cases: Ethical Issues Review (Dombach)
5-18-07: New Developments in Adult Sex Offender Assessment and Management (Seto)
6-28 & 6-29-07: Dynamic Supervision of Sexual Offenders/STABLE/ACUTE Training (Yates)
9-11-07: Guest Lecturer at Sex Offender Management Training Workshop, Wilkes-Barre, PA
4-3-08: Ethical Practice and Pathway Models (Dombach)
4-4-08: Assessing Risk for Sexual Violence using the RSVP (Hart)
Note: Professional credentials and affiliations are subject to frequent revision. While this curriculum vitae reflects the author’s best knowledge as of the date of composition, direct contact is encouraged regarding any information or questions about changes in current status.
*** References available upon request