Anchored. Episode 17 | A Discussion with Dr. Gregory Leskin about Problematic Sexualized Behaviors in Children and Youth

About this Episode

Children and youth experience self-exploration and curiosity as a natural part of childhood development. As children’s behaviors and understanding of their sexuality are formed, problematic sexual behaviors may arise. Understanding potential sexual development challenges is essential to supporting families and children during this crucial time of growth.

In this episode, we discuss normative versus problematic sexual behaviors in children and youth. Dr. Gregory Leskin provides an in depth conversation on challenges that arise with inappropriate sexual behaviors and explores resources for families and providers to promote healthy sexuality as children develop into adulthood.

The podcast is part of the “Sexualized Behaviors in Children and Youth” series, helping service providers become more informed on this important topic. We invite you to visit the series homepage!

Child Sexualized Behavior – Homepage

Guest Bio

Dr. Gregory Leskin is licensed clinical psychologist and serves as Director for Military and Veteran Families Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)/Duke University’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. In this capacity, Dr. Leskin directs the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Military and Veteran Families Program to provide education, training, and resources on military culture, screening, assessment, and evidence-based interventions to the military, the VA, and community-based behavioral health providers throughout the United States. Dr. Leskin is the principle program developer and Director for the NCTSN/DoD Academy on Child Trauma, an online training and social media platform developed to train DoD Family Advocacy Program staff clinical skills related to child trauma and behavioral health prevention for military families and children. Previously, Dr. Leskin has worked as a Clinical Researcher and Director of Clinical Training at the National Center for PTSD, Stanford University and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) post-doctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA Medical Center. He has contributed to multiple national, state, and local initiatives to support service members, veterans, and their families, including the U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Dr. Leskin has written, consulted, and lectured extensively on a number of clinical topics, including assessment and treatment for combat-related PTSD, impact of deployment on families and children, and promoting psychological resilience.

CEU Information

1.0 CEU for this podcast episode is available through the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Family Therapist licenses. The UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work is an approved CE provider in all but the following 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

*Participants are encouraged to check with their states’ latest licensing rules to confirm reciprocity and CE rules.*

CEUs Available

To obtain CEUs for this episode, take the evaluation and post-test here.

Additional Materials

Additional Resources

Talk about It: Talking to Kids about Sexual Abuse (Blog Post)

Who Has What! All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies by Robie Harris

I Said No! A Kid-To-Kid Guide to Keeping Your Private Parts Private by Kimberly King

This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.

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