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Problematic Sexual Behavior: The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Approach

Tue November 3rd: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST

Free

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About this Webinar:

This webinar is focused on increasing the knowledge base of all multidisciplinary team members on problematic sexual behavior. The National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) defines children with problematic sexual behavior (PSB) as youth ages 12 and younger who engage in behaviors involving sexual body parts that are developmentally inappropriate and/or potentially harmful to self and others (Carpentier, Silovsky, Chaffin, 2005).

Focus will be placed on disseminating information regarding the continuum of sexual behaviors, dispelling myths about children with problematic sexual behavior, and instilling hope in treating this population.

Participants will gain an increased understanding of appropriate language to use and feel more competent in encouraging appropriate next steps for treatment and safety planning with families. Evidence-based information regarding family engagement in treatment through Mary McKay’s work will be incorporated throughout the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Learn what is normative vs. cautionary vs. problematic behavior in children and where such behaviors fall on the continuum.
  2. Be able to differentiate between common misconceptions regarding children with problematic sexual behavior and what is supported by research.
  3. Identify strategies for how to educate and engage professionals across disciplines to better serve children with problematic sexual behavior, their caregivers, and others impacted by the behavior. 

Presenters

Amanda Mitten photoAmanda Mitten, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Mitten received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014.

Her clinical experiences include evidence-based interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other trauma-related disorders, children with problematic sexual behavior, and assessment of children prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. Ms. Mitten also serves as the program coordinator for CCAN’s Child Trauma Services Program (CTSP).

 

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Dionna Weixel, M.S., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN). Ms. Weixel received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017.

Her clinical interests and work focus on providing evidence-based interventions for children with problematic sexual behaviors, disruptive behavior disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Ms. Weixel is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents who are experiencing trauma symptoms and their caregivers, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for young children exhibiting disruptive behaviors, and Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) for school-age and preschool children. 

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

  • 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 Therapist from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
  • 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.
  • Certificates of completion will also be available for providers interested in documenting their training activities. 

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 trainings on this topic, visit the series homepage!

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