2017 Speaker Biographies

Gerry D. Blasingame, Psy.D., is a California and Montana licensed marriage and family therapist. For the last thirty years he has worked with adults and adolescents, with and without developmental disabilities, who have offended sexually, and with victims of abuse and sexual assault. Gerry has authored several articles, chapters, and books including Developmentally Disabled Persons with Sexual Behavior Problems, second edition (2005) and An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sexual Behaviors, and Therapeutic Interventions (2011). Gerry is a current member of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers), and a past member of the ATSA Board of Directors as the Pacific Region Representative. Gerry is the recent past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the California Coalition on Sexual Offending. Gerry was appointed to the California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) in 2007, and is the chairperson of the CASOMB Treatment Committee and Research Committee. Gerry provides training and consultation services nationally for institutions, residential programs, and community based programs and clinicians regarding adults and adolescents. Gerry has presented at numerous conferences as well. Gerry enjoys hiking and nature photography in his spare time.

  • Treatment & Management of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum who have Offended Sexually

This full-day workshop reviews a number of issues related to treatment and management of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who have offended sexually. Etiology, social characteristics that interfere with treatment, and sexual behaviors associated with the Autism Spectrum are discussed. Programming modifications, interventions, and clinical approaches to treatment and management of these individuals are also discussed.

  • Working with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Who Exhibit Sexual Problems or Offending Behaviors

This half day workshop addresses challenging issues faced by clinicians working with individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) who exhibit sexual problems or offending behaviors (SPOB). Along with a discussion of the characteristics of ID, the challenges for assessment and treatment are identified. We will also consider how to modify clinical approaches and adapt treatment materials in ways that benefit these clients.



Guillermo "Gil" Witte is a polygraph examiner for the San Diego Police Department. Gil is also an instructor of PEAK Credibility Assessment Training Center. Gil is a recognized lecturer and instructor, who has spoken and taught at numerous national and international events. For over a decade, Gil has shared his training and expertise with the public, private, and government sectors. Mr. Witte holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Mr. Witte is a member of the American Polygraph Association (APA), American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP), and the California Association of Polygraph Examiners (CAPE).

  • Course Objective: During this block, a general overview of polygraph will be explored. Emphasis will be given to how polygraph should be used in both diagnostic and screening settings. This course will also cover the scientific literature, legal issues, misunderstanding, best practice, and history of improper use. Attendees are welcome to bring questions or difficulties they have experienced with polygraph in the past.


Jon Burnham was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He moved to Idaho in 1990, and he has lived in both eastern Idaho and the Treasure Valley. He currently lives in Sugar City with his wife and three boys.  Jon attended school at Ricks College, Idaho State University, and Northwest Nazarene University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work.  He is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. Jon has spent his entire carrier with Idaho Depart of Juvenile Corrections in positions of Therapy Technician, Juvenile Service Coordinator, and Clinician. He has worked with sex offenders in all these capacities. He has also worked in outpatient mental health counseling for the last ten years seeing a variety of clientele. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho in the Social Work and Sociology departments. He has served on the Idaho ATSA chapter leadership team and helped to organize the first IATSA conference.  With the creation of the State's Sex Offender Management Board, he was appointed as the IDJC representative and has served in this capacity for 6 years, and served as the Chair for 2 ½ years.

  • Evaluations for the “in betweener”:  Not a juvenile anymore but not quite an adult? What should I do?

As an evaluator there is a group of individuals that are difficult to evaluate. One article refers to them as “in betweeners”; those who are older juveniles but not quite adults who get caught between systems. We will evaluate this population, look at different evaluation tools and discuss options for reporting risk.


Shane Bengoechea is the owner of the law firm of Bengoechea Law Office, PLLC, in Boise, where he has a general practice and specializes in the area of health care, insurance, personal injury, business, contracts and corporate law. Prior to being in private practice, Mr. Bengoechea was of counsel for Saetrum Law Offices, the Chief staff attorney for Blue Cross of Idaho, city attorney for the City of Twin Falls, ID and taught business law as an adjunct professor for 10 years. Mr. Bengoechea received his law degree from Gonzaga School of Law and is a member of the Idaho Bar and the United State District Court of Idaho. He is a frequent speaker on various legal topics including governmental law.

  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in Idaho

For those working in the mental/behavioral health field, dealing with the day-to-day challenges of treating clients can be overwhelming in and of itself. However, the administrative and legal responsibilities are equally crucial. There are weighty decisions - the legal and prudent responses to a wide variety of situations - that demand a proper legal awareness in order to stay in compliance. Without such knowledge, many well-meaning providers may face grave legal and financial consequences. Wills, trusts & estates, and provider audits and disciplinary matters will also be covered. The purpose of this practical, one-day seminar is to gain important guidance and insight into mental health laws and regulations.




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