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From Hysteria to Hope: Bringing Reason to Sexual Abuse in Childhood

November 21 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST


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About This Webinar:

Approaching the topic of problematic sexual behavior in children and youth is often difficult and challenging. Exploring ways of prevention are vital in preparing families and professionals with ways to keep youth safe and thriving.

In this webinar, Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau will inform participants of how problematic and/or illegal sexual behavior in childhood can be framed as a preventable public health problem. She will describe the importance of understanding the developmental differences between older and younger children. Service providers, educators and parents/caregivers will learn the significance of perspective-taking and responding to younger children with empathy, how to distinguish healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, explore why problematic and/or illegal sexual behavior happens and strategies for prevention.

The webinar is part of the Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth Series hosted by MFLN Family Development. For more information on other trainings on this topic, visit the series homepage! 

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Elizabeth J. Letourneau, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Letourneau is a Professor in the Department  and Director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). She focused her career on developing and evaluating child sexual abuse prevention policy and practice. As inaugural director of the Moore Center, Dr. Letourneau’s efforts include developing and evaluating child sexual abuse prevention interventions that target adolescents, parents, and youth serving organizations. She is also leading an evaluation of federal policy impacts on violence prevention, and a large-scale project to develop more effective methods for communicating about child sexual abuse as a preventable public health problem. Her work has been widely reported in high impact media, including This American Life, TEDMED, PBS News Hour, NPR’s On Point, Psychology Today, and The New Yorker.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Programming approval for 1.5 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. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK

This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours.

Certificates of completion are available for providers interested in documenting their professional development activities.

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