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Monarch psychologist named to NCAMTSO Board

Amanda Matthews, a psychologist at Monarch, was recently named to the board of the North Carolina Association for the Amanda MatthewsManagement and Treatment of Sexual Offenders (NCAMTSO). 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, a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) and Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist (CSOTS) who joined Monarch last October, said the NCAMTSO Board is important within the mental health community because it unites professionals across the state, helps to raise awareness and gets the word out on appropriate intervention and consideration in working with sexual offenders.

“The research 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 and treatment,” she said.

Matthews explained that 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.”

She will serve a three-year term on the board, which meets every two months. She will also lead the board’s membership committee to increase professional involvement and participation statewide.

Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit www.MonarchNC.org.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
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