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Monarch psychologist appointed to NCAMTSO Board of Directors

Monarch psychologist Amanda R. Matthews was recently appointed to serve on the North Carolina Association for the Management and Treatment of Sexual Offenders (NCAMTSO) Board of Directors.

The NCAMTSO is a group of licensed mental health professionals specializing in the management and treatment of adults and youth with sexual behavior problems. Matthews, who joined Monarch last October, is a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) and Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist (CSOTS).

“The research and treatment foci of sexually-aggressive behaviors is a relatively new concentration that is becoming more and more important. When inappropriate behaviors are carried out, the impact may be felt by the entire community, thus making the topic an important one in regard to prevention, identification, diagnosis, and treatment,” she said.

Matthews explained the area of study and practice for sexually-aggressive behaviors includes a broad range of topics, ranging from inappropriate sexual behaviors, sexually-reactive behaviors, sexually-aggressive behaviors, and sexually-offending behaviors, as well as the significant impacts they make.

The NCAMTSO board is important within the mental health community because it unites professionals all across the state and gets the word out on appropriate interventions and consideration in working with sexual offenders.

“It helps to highlight Monarch,” Matthews explained. “It shows we’re giving back and interested in our community, and helps Monarch be seen as active player and supporter of individuals we support, as well as the community as a whole.”

Matthews will serve a 3-year term on the board, which meets every two months. She will also lead the board’s Membership Committee to help increase membership throughout the state.

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