Sex Offender Civil Commitment Programs Network

Shan Jumper, Ph.D., is the current President of the SOCCPN Board.  He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of North Dakota. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked in the field of sexual violence since 1991. Following a pre-doctoral internship in outpatient mental health and forensics at Connecticut Valley Hospital/Whiting Forensic Division, he was employed at the Sexually Violent Predator program at the Wisconsin Resource Center, where he conducted SVP re-examinations and provided court testimony and sex offense treatment. In 1999 Dr. Jumper joined the staff of the Sexually Violent Persons program at the Illinois Dept. of Human Services Treatment and Detention Facility as a psychologist, later serving as a Treatment Team Leader and Associate Clinical Director. An employee of Liberty Health Care, he has served as the program's Clinical Director since 2005. Dr. Jumper has worked in private practice as an expert witness in SVP cases, has peer reviewed articles for Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, and is on the adjunct faculty at Argosy University Chicago.  Dr. Jumper also serves as the Midwest Regional Representative on the Executive Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).


Shan Jumper, Ph.D.
Clinical Director
Illinois Dept. of Human Services
Treatment and Detention Facility
Liberty Health Care
R. R. 1, Box 6A
Rushville, Illinois   62681



Kenneth Carabello, MSW, is the SOCCPN Board Vice-President.  He is a Vice President of Operations for Liberty Healthcare Corporation.  Since 1992 he has held clinical, supervisory and administrative positions in forensic mental health programs working with offenders in state and federal systems.  From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Carabello was designated by the CA Department of Mental Health as the first state-wide Community Program Director for persons conditionally released under the Sexually Violent Predator law throughout the state.  He currently oversees outpatient SVP programming in CA and both inpatient and outpatient SVP programming in IL.  He has degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Southern California.  He has lectured nationally and internationally on sex offender management and forensic mental health issues.  He is the past president of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safe NOW Project.  In 2005, Mr. Carabello led the creation of the Steering Committee which resulted in the establishment of the Sex Offender Civil Commitment Program Network.

Kenneth Carabello

Vice President of Operations
Liberty Healthcare Corporation
(310) 584-1581


Geoffrey Souther, M.Ed. MHSA, is currently serving as the Treasurer for SOCCPN.  He has more than forty years experience serving people with mental illness in both the public and private non-profit sectors. He has worked in several Executive positions within the NH Department of Health and Human Services including: Assistant Director and Acting Director of the Division of Behavioral Health; Administrator of the Bureau of Behavioral Health; Director of Medicaid Management Information Systems; and as Senior Project Manager. His community experience includes Director of a Community Support Program at a NH Community Mental Health Center and as Executive Director of Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas and Connecticut.   He holds an undergraduate degree from Ottawa University, KS, Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California and Antioch New England Graduate School.


Since 2007 Mr. Souther has chaired the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) responsible for the assessment of persons to determine if they meet the definition as a sexually violent predator. (SVP)   In this capacity he participated in the development of Administrative Rules, the development and training of members of the MDT, and he has been a member of every MDT conducting an SVP evaluation.   More recently, in addition to his role as Chairman of the MDT, he was appointed as Department Director for Standards and Quality Assurance at the New Hampshire Hospital.


Mr. Souther is a veteran of United States Army and has been active providing community service in both a volunteer and elected capacity on numerous boards, committees, and service organizations.


Geoffrey C. Souther, M.Ed., MHSA

Senior Project Manager

Chairman, Multidisciplinary Team

Senior Project Manager, NHH

NH Department of Health & Human Services

36 Clinton Street,

Concord, NH 03301

Room K202

Office 603-271-8820

Fax 603-271-5395

Jennifer Schneider, Ph.D.,  is currently serving as the Secretary of the SOCCPN Board.  She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University.  She is presently employed by the Department of Human Services as the Director of Research and Quality Improvement at the Special Treatment Unit, New Jersey's civil commitment facility for sex offenders.  She served as the Project Coordinator on a federally funded sex offender reentry study that provided counseling and case management to sex offenders recently released from incarceration in collaboration with the Department of Corrections and State Parole Board.  In addition, she worked as a Program Development Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Corrections where she supervised the release processes and monitored prosecutor notification for sex offenders. She also taught a variety of undergraduate criminal justice classes at Rutgers University.


Jennifer Schneider, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Quality Improvement
Special Treatment Unit
(732) 499-5393  


Rebecca Jackson, Ph.D., is the Past-President of the SOCCPN Leadership Board. She is the Clinical Director for the Florida Civil Commitment Center. Previously, she was a Chief Psychologist with the South Carolina Sex Offender Civil Commitment Program. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Forensic & Correctional Mental Health Counseling program at Palo Alto University. Her primary professional interests are in the areas of psychopathy, risk assessment, and sex offending. In addition to her published work, she has presented and delivered training regionally and nationally on these topics. In 2008, she received the Theodore Blau Award for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology.

Rebecca Jackson, PhD
The Geo Group, Inc

Florida Civil Commitment Center

13619 Southeast Highway 70

Arcadia, FL  34266




Anita Schlank, PhD, ABPP has been assessing and treating sexual offenders since the mid-1980s, and has been very involved in SVP programs since 1995.  She was formerly the clinical director of Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sexual offenders (from 1995 – 2003), and is currently the Clinical Director of Virginia’s SVP program.  She has consulted to seven other SVP programs, including acting as an expert witness to defend those programs in class action lawsuits.  Dr. Schlank is the former president of the Minnesota chapter of ATSA, and is the editor of The Sexual Predator, a series of books on the civil commitment of sexual offenders. 


Anita Schlank, PhD, ABPP, LCP, CSOTP

Clinical Director

Va. Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation

4901 E. Patrick Henry Highway

Burkeville, VA  23922



Jannine Hebert, M.A.  Ms. Hébert is the Executive Clinical Director of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) in the Department of Human Services. She is a Master’s trained Licensed Psychologist and has worked with sexual abusers and those impacted by sexual abuse for over 15 years. She has worked with adolescent and adult sexual offenders in inpatient, outpatient and prison settings. Prior to coming to MSOP she was the Associate Director of Behavioral Health in the DOC and supervised Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Sex Offender programming in the prisons.




Jannine Hébert MA, LP

MSOP Executive Clinical Director

444 Lafayette Road North

St. Paul, MN 55155


Steve Arkowitz, PsyD.  Dr. Arkowitz received his doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialty track in forensic psychology from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. He started working with Sexually Violent Predator clients in 1999 during his pre-doctoral internship at Atascadero State Hospital (ASH). He then took a position at ASH as a staff psychologist providing treatment and assessment for the SVP population. In 2003, he began working for the Liberty Conditional Release Program for civilly committed pastimes released to communities throughout California. In 2008, he became the Clinical Director for that program. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and position papers concerning the SVP population. In addition, he has held Adjunct Faculty positions at Cuesta Community College and Columbia College in San Luis Obispo.



Steve Arkowitz, Psy.D.

Liberty Healthcare

California Conditional Release Program

P.O. Box 1888

Atascadero, CA


David Prescott, LCSW, is a past president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and has produced 13 book projects on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He has trained around the world, most recently in Japan, Romania, and Poland. Mr. Prescott was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sexual Aggression in the UK. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and certified as a trainer for the International Center for Clinical Excellence.

Jason Smith, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified health services provider. He has served as the Administrator for the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO) in Cherokee, Iowa since November of 2003 and was appointed Superintendent of Cherokee Mental Health Institution in November of 2010.  He also maintains a small outpatient sex offender treatment program in Des Moines.  He was recognized as Leader of the Year for the Department of Human Services in 2006.   Dr. Smith has served in many different clinical and administrative capacities in non-profit organizations serving individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness.  He also has worked in community based corrections, private practice and has held adjunct faculty positions at Columbia College and Buena Vista University as well as various community colleges.  He has been active in statewide initiatives in policy development, treatment provision and risk assessment for sex offenders. Dr. Smith currently serves as President for the Iowa Psychological Association and is a member of American Psychological Association, the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Sex Offender Civil Commitment Providers Network and Legislated Sex Offender Research Council. 
Carla Zarrella MS, MSW, LCSW, CSOTP, CSAC, has worked in the field of sex offender treatment for approximately 13 years before which, she worked in mental health with a variety of populations and settings. Carla began working with sex offenders at the Virginia Department of Corrections Sex Offender Residential Treatment (SORT) Program eventually becoming the Program Director, overseeing the only licensed adult sex offender treatment program in the state. She later became the Director of Sex Offender Treatment for all of the Virginia DOC prisons, developing a multi-level system of treatment services statewide. Carla has also provided sex offender assessment and treatment services in private practice and community settings. Currently, she is a Sexually Violent Predator Clinical Specialist with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and is responsible for clinical oversight of the treatment program for female civilly committed SVPs as well as for developing conditional release plans for SVP offenders being placed on conditional release in the community. In addition, Carla is an adjunct instructor for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and has provided numerous presentations and trainings on sex offender treatment. She is serving her third consecutive term as the Chairperson of the Virginia Sex Offender Treatment Association (VSOTA) and is the former President of the Virginia Chapter of ATSA. Carla is certified in Virginia as a Sex Offender Treatment Provider (CSOTP) and as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).