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Understanding Children’s Sexual Knowledge and Behavior from a Developmental Perspective

Thu September 16th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT


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About This Webinar:

Children’s sexual development begins before birth and continues throughout childhood – similar to their social, emotional, cognitive, and moral development. Sexual development is also informed and guided by these other developmental domains. Thus, sexual development is much more than just body changes, sexual knowledge, and sexual behaviors. It also includes the development of boundaries, social skills, friendships, intimacy, and attachments. 

This webinar will cover typical social, emotional, cognitive, and moral development in preschool (age 5 and under) and school-age (age 6 to 12) children and how development across these domains informs expected sexual knowledge and behavior. Typical sexual knowledge and behavior within these age ranges will be discussed as well as protective and supportive methods to help promote healthy sexual development. Factors impacting the development of problematic sexual behavior will be discussed as well as methods to return a child to healthy sexual development.

Archived Recording:

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar presentation, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Recognize typical social, emotional, cognitive, and moral development
  2. Discuss the impact of development on sexual knowledge and behavior
  3. Identify strategies to support healthy behavior and factors that impact the development of PSB


Benjamin Sigel, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. 

His areas of expertise include assessment and treatment of children with a history of experiencing trauma and children with problematic sexual behavior.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

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Continuing Education

MFLN Family Development will apply for the following Continuing Education (CE) credits:

  • Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Programming approval for CE credits will be obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on September 16, 2023.
  • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs): This webinar will offer Contact Hours from the National Council on Family Relations to CFLE’s.
  • Case Managers: This program will be submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board-certified case managers with clock hours. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on September 16, 2022.
  • Certificates of completion will also be available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.

Please revisit this page after the live webinar for updated information on the above CE credits. For questions about continuing education opportunities, email MFLN FD at mflnfamilydevelopment@gmail.com.

Event Materials

This webinar is part of the Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth (SBCY) Series hosted by MFLN Family Development. For more information on other professional development opportunities on this topic, visit the series homepage!

SBCY Series – Homepage 

We realize that this event was inadvertently scheduled on Yom Kippur. We want to respect all religious observations and will continue to work to avoid an error like this. If you cannot attend for any reason, the webinar recording will be available on the event page along with the presentation materials and continuing education information.  

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