Professor Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D.


Professor Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D.


Dr. Kaufman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. He has chaired state prevention committees in Ohio and Oregon and co-chaired the committee that created Oregon’s first statewide sexual violence prevention plan. Dr. Kaufman is a member of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s advisory board, the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Safety Task Force, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Nation Safety Committee.  He is Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and recently received that organization’s Significant Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a past recipient of the U.S. Office Of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention’s Gould-Wysinger award for research excellence.

Dr. Kaufman has provided assessment and treatment to both child sexual abuse victims and juvenile sexual offenders as well as their families. He provides regular trainings and consultation focused on prevention and enhancing safety in organizational setting, including work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Boy Scouts of America and the Committee for Children.

Dr. Kaufman has authored two books, a variety of book chapters, and numerous research articles addressing sexual violence and sexual violence prevention.  His most recent edited book is Preventing Sexual Violence: A Practitioner’s Sourcebook (NEARI Press, 2010). Dr. Kaufman co-authored the first prevention chapter to be included in Interpol’s member manual and offered their first prevention training. In 2016 he completed (with Marcus Erooga) a comprehensive review of the international literature on risk and protective factors related to child sexual abuse in institutions for the Australian Royal Commission on Into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse. Dr. Kaufman has recently been awarded a $1 million U.S. Department of Justice grant to develop a Campus Situational Prevention Approach to address campus sexual assault.

Using The Situational Prevention Approach To Foster Child Safe Organizations

Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D., Psychology Professor, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, U.S.

Estimates suggest that tens of millions of children and adolescents spend a significant amount of time involved with youth serving organizations outside of their home. These organizations provide a broad range of services which include academic development, out-of-home placements, medical-care, involvement in sports and leisure activities, and spiritual enrichment.  For example, more than 45 million U.S. children participate in organized sports each year, approximately 50 million children attend schools, and more than 30 million children seek medical care from hospitals and emergency departments.  While there can be no doubt about the need for, and broad based benefits of these services, children’s involvement also comes with the risk of potential harms (e.g., child sexual abuse, accidental injury, health risks).

A recent Australian Royal Commission Report (Kaufman & Erooga, 2016) reviewed more than 400 documents from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States regarding child sexual abuse in youth serving organizations. A significant proportion of the safety risks described in this report can be defined as “situational” in nature. Situational safety risks involve environmental factors, risky situations, routine activities, and the absence of effective policies.

This presentation will describe the Situational Prevention Approach (SPA; Kaufman et. al., 2012), a sustainable prevention strategy. The SPA was designed to facilitate the systematic identification of situational risks in youth serving organizations, and guide the development of tailored prevention and risk-reduction strategies to address these concerns. The use of the SPA with Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) sites in four U.S. states will be used to illustrate its application and potential impact. BGCA provides services (e.g., education, leadership development, life skills, recreation) to more than 4 million children and teens in over 4,200 clubs across the U.S. and in military installations worldwide.

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