Advanced Clinical Training
par Radius Child and Youth Services
- mercredi, 20 mars 2019 de 9:00 Matin à lundi, 13 mai 2019 4:30 Après-midi (HAA)
- 1 Eva Road, Suite 216 , Etobicoke,, ON M9C 4Z5
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Working with Children and Youth who have Engaged in Sexually Harming Behaviour - Working with children and youth who have engaged in sexually harming behaviours is not only a community prevention initiative; but also, it provides an effective therapeutic intervention for children and youth to personally grow and change as they resolve issues related to their behaviours. Just as adolescents who engage in sexually abusive behaviours is a heterogeneous group and uniquely different from adults who commit sexual offenses, children engaged in problematic sexual behaviours are also uniquely different from both adults and teens. In order to provide effective interventions, it is necessary to explore the heterogeneity of these two distinct groups(children and youth), identify the important elements to conduct a comprehensive sexual behaviour assessment and create interventions that uniquely match the needs and abilities of the children and youth. This five day advanced clinical training will focus on the assessment and treatment of children and youth who engage in sexually harming behaviours. The final day will focus on working with children and youth have engaged in problematic sexual behaviours within a family context and the reunification after sibling sexual abuse has occurred.
DAY 1: ASSESSMENT OF YOUTH WHO ENGAGE IN SEXUALLY HARMING BEHAVOUR (March 20, 2019)
Who are the youth who offend sexually? A brief overview will highlight the characteristics, motivation, & current research related to adolescents who offend sexually. Participants will gain an understanding of the elements of a comprehensive sexual-offense-specific assessment; the types of questions which may illicit helpful responses, as well as how to identify & assess a youth’s strengths & resiliency. Methods for determining the level of concern these youth pose within the community will also be discusses. Working with youth who have harmed has its particular challenges. The therapeutic stance & presence, which facilitates the process, will be explored.
DAY 2: TREATMENT FOR YOUTH WHO ENGAGE IN SEXUALLY HARMING BEHAVIOUR (March 25, 2019)
Treatment for adolescents is individualized & based on the results of a comprehensive assessment.Translating assessment recommendations into detailed treatment plans will be discussed as well as the timing of interventions. Specifically, the treatment focus will be how to work with the sexual offending behaviours, the impact of pornography, problematic sexual arousal patterns, victim impact, apology letters, and healthy sexuality. Engaging youth in treatment, which is often mandated, is a key determinant in successful outcomes. We will discuss tips & strategies.
DAY 3: SIBLING SEXUAL ABUSE AND REUNIFICATION (March 29, 2019)
There are unique features and issues that arise when sexual abuse happens within a family, & particularly, when the sexual offense is committed by an adolescent. We are using a broad definition of sibling sexual abuse that encompasses a variety of family relationships and constellations. This training will include an overview of the unique features of sibling sexual abuse, and a review of a community protocol. Creating safety plans which are family specific, flexible and dynamic will allow for safe contact to occur through a recognized reunification process. Parenting within the family where sibling sexual abuse has occurred is also challenging. Strategies to encourage parental involvement & provide specific support through the reunification process will be discussed.
DAY 4: OVERVIEW AND ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN ENGAGED IN PROBLEMATIC SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR (May 2, 2019)
Children under 12 who engage in problematic behaviours are a diverse group. Having a developmentally appropriate lens provides a uniquely different approach to understand the characteristics and motivations of engaging in sexual behaviours prior to the onset of puberty. Distinguishing normative child sexual behaviour and sexual play from problematic or concerning behaviours is important. A comprehensive assessment is essential and considered best practice. The focus will be on the specific areas related to the problematic or concerning behaviour. Working with children under 12 also requires the involvement of parents/caregivers.
DAY 5: TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN ENGAGED IN PROBLEMATIC SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR (May 13, 2019)
Treatment for children engaged in concerning sexual behaviour is individual & based on the results of a comprehensive assessment. We know that all children react to their worlds in complex ways and often as a result of what is happening (or not happening) in their environments. Depending on their age,developmental stage, temperament, past victimizations & the degree of stability in their world (past and present), children will respond/react differently. Treatment will help children sort out the function of the behaviour & develop interventions unique to the child & circumstance.