Robert Emerick


Hello, I am Robert Emerick. I think it is important briefly to summarize my education, professional experience and reasons for developing this website and forum. The disclosure will help you to evaluate my credibility and subsequently the weight you assign to the website contents and future discussions.

Education and Licensure
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Arizona State University in 1976. I earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Arizona in 1982. Adlerian Psychology provided the foundation to the Guidance and Counseling major. Subsequently, this theoretical model set the cornerstone to my clinical practice and research projects. Addictions filled the minor academic emphasis. More About Adler

At the time I graduated, Arizona did not have a certification or licensure process in place for behavioral health counselors. In 1985, the Arizona legislature utilized the sunrise process to create a means to enable health professions and non-health professions to seek regulation (Arizona 50th Legislature, 2011-2012). July 1, 1989 the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners officially opened its doors to fulfill the legislative mandate. I participated in the voluntary certification process, and the Board awarded certification despite vigorous objections from a group known as Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL). Family health challenges distracted me from completing the June 30, 2004 grandfather clause licensure deadline. At this time, I am not a licensed professional counselor.

Professional Experience
 My first exposure to social-sexual deviance took place in 1972 as a psychiatric technician at a local hospital. I did not know anything about child sexual abuse, domestic violence or trauma at the time. The exposure involved an adolescent female. Her self-mutilating behavior prompted the hospitalization and disclosing her biological father’s persistent nighttime intrusions provoked the attending psychiatrist to prescribe psychotropic cocktails and electroconvulsive treatment until silence and a flat affect dominated her social presentation. Three similar “treatments” preceded her final emergency room intervention that ultimately attributed her death to self-inflicted cutting of the radial artery.

At the same hospital, a promotion placed me in the substance abuse treatment program. Using Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous core principles to treat addicted populations and their family members, the clinical staff of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers repeatedly explained to children and teens that their physical and/or sexual abuse marked the bottom to a family member’s chemical dependence. The terms social deviance and sexual deviance were never even whispered. This eighteen-month hospital experience left two indelible impressions. Society prefers to reduce social and sexual deviance to more palatable explanations: such as, substance abuse and spiritual bankruptcy.

A northern Arizona Community Guidance Center offered employment as their Adolescent Substance Abuse program coordinator. Among the adolescents referred to this program, childhood exposure to social and/or sexual deviance was an all too common co-morbid feature. The intervention coupled cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and wilderness experiences.  More About CBT   This project solidified using outdoor experiences to help teens cultivate healthy childhood traumatic injury management skills. John Muir’s insights into nature’s capacity to restore health became an integral element of all future treatment programs and training curriculum.  More About Muir

While completing a Master’s Degree at the University of Arizona, my response to a Call for Proposals yielded a contract to develop and implement a substance abuse program for men incarcerated at Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence. After two days of interviewing potential program participants, I realized two truths. The state of Arizona attributed violence and sex crimes to alcohol and/drug intoxication and two, I lacked proper training to counsel rapists and child molesters. Both insights motivated me to seek more training and ultimately meeting Gene Abel, M.D.. During this period, a new clinical tool to evaluate sex offending populations emerged: The Multiphasic Sex Inventory. The authors graciously permitted me to embed paraphrased MSI items in a treatment planning tool (Sexual Trauma Inventory – STI). More About STI   The 300-item inventory measures cognitive, emotional, social and sexual injuries to children, adolescents and adults who report childhood exposure to social-sexual deviance. After presenting the preliminary findings, further research yielded critical items that form the Emerick Scales which are embedded in the Abel Assessment for Sexual Interests.

The privilege to provide consulting services to native communities in the United States and Canada provided insight into native culture, healing and wisdom More .  This is the fourth significant influence to my private logic regarding social-sexual deviance, traumatic injuries and healing.

Paraganglioma Cancer
March 13, 2012 an intruder’s presence in my urinary bladder.  An Emergency Room visit followed by surgical intervention the next day, a referral to an oncologist: who classified the referral as inappropriate; and, then a referral to a second highly regarded clinic clarified the slow growing mass and effected lymph nodes required a second surgical intervention to complete a right partial cystectomy and lymph node dissection. The post operative language is paraganglioma with a metastatic lesion to a lymph node.

Paraganglioma Cancer of the Urinary Bladder is a rare cancer. At this time, research has failed to identify dietary, lifestyle or environmental risk factors to developing the disease. More About Paraganglioma

Publications and Professional Papers

 Emerick, R.L., (July/August 2009). Silent Injuries Part II. Crime Victims Report, Edition 1303, Civic Research Institute. New York, NY

Emerick, R.L., (May/June 2009). Silent Injuries Part I. Crime Victims Report, Edition 1302, Civic Research Institute. New York, NY

Emerick, R.L., (Winter 2007).Update on Silent Injuries. On the Edge, The Official Newsletter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Vol. 13, No. 4.

Abel, G. G., Jordan, A., Rouleau, J. L., Emerick, R. L., Barboza-Whitehead. S. (July, 2004). Visual Reaction Time to Assess Male Adolescents Who Molest Children. Sexual Abuse: A  Journal of Research and Treatment.

Dutton, W. A., & Emerick, R. L., (1995). Plethysmograph Assessment. In Managing adult sex offenders: A containment approach. American Probation and Parole Association.

Emerick, R.L., (1995). Emerick Scales within Abel Questionnaire for Boys. Abel Assessment for sexual interest. Abel Screening, Inc.

Emerick, R. L., (1998), Healing a Wounded Spirit. A Treatment Workbook for the Adolescent Sexual Abuse Survivor.

Emerick, R. L., & Dutton, W. A. (1993). The effect of polygraphy on the self-report of adolescent sex offenders: Implications for risk assessment. Annals of Sex Research, 6, 83-103.

Emerick, R. L., (1991). Western Correctional Association – Continuing Education Manual: Management and Treatment of Convicted Sexual Abusers and Their Victims.

Emerick, R. L., (1987). Alternatives to Sexual Misbehavior: A Treatment Workbook for the Adolescent Sexual Offender.


“Silent Injuries Among SANE.” Fifteenth Annual Scientific Assembly, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2007

“The Sexual Misconduct of 5,000 Adolescent Males.” Plenary Panel Discussion – Emerging Research”. 20th Annual Conference National Adolescent Perpetrator Network, Denver, Colorado, Feb. 2005.

“History of Sexual Victimization and Offense Characteristics as Predictors of Erection Response to Immature Children Among Adolescent Sexual Offenders.” The 10th National Training Conference of the National Adolescent Perpetrator Network, Denver, Colorado, February, 1994.

“The Influence of Pornography on Sexual Aggression Among High Risk Adolescent Sexual Offenders.” The 10th National Training Conference of the National Adolescent Perpetrator Network, Denver, Colorado, February, 1994.

“Rural Management of Men Who Physically Assault Intimate Partners.”

“A Comparison of Risk Factors for Re-Offense Between Adolescent and Adult Onset Child Molesters”. The 12th Annual Research and Treatment Conference of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Boston, Massachusetts, November, 1993.

“The Longitudinal Effects of the Sexual Victimization of Native Children at the Residential Schools”. Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: Special Consultation on Residential Schools, Canim Lake, British Columbia, March 1993.

“Influence of Clinical Polygraph Examination on MMPI Profile of Adult Sex Offenders,” The Eleventh Annual Research and Treatment Conference of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Portland, Oregon, October, 1992.

“Preliminary Findings of Sexual Trauma Inventory,” The Eleventh Annual Research and Treatment Conference of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Portland, Oregon, October, 1992.

“Adolescent Sex Offenders: Assault History, Deviant Arousal and a Comparison of Arousal Conditioning Protocols,” The Eleventh Annual Research and Treatment Conference of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Portland, Oregon, October, 1992.

“Disclosure Patterns of Adult Paraphiliacs,” The Eighth National Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse, Huntsville, Alabama, February, 1992.

“Adolescent Paraphiliac Denial Patterns,” The Ninth Annual Conference on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Their Families and Victims, Toronto, Canada, October, 1990.