Assessment of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems: Integrating Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Approaches
Jennifer Shaw, Psy.D.
This two-day intensive is designed to provide information about children with sexual behavior problems (SBP) and provide a context for responding to them and their families utilizing play therapy strategies in a purposeful way. Emphasis will be placed on conducting an assessment that identifies children’s problem perceptions and behaviors through a variety of directive and nondirective play therapy techniques. A specific assessment format will be highlighted called the Assessment of Sexual Behavior Problems in Children (ASBPC), which uses specific play therapy activities. Participants will have the opportunity to practice play therapy activities in small groups. A copy of the ASBPC curriculum will be provided to all participants.
Specifically, this program will:
- Define sexual behavior problems in young children
- Present a way to assess children’s sexual behavior problems utilizing play therapy approaches and activities
- Provide four or five examples of play therapy assessment strategies
- Discuss challenges in working with children with SBP and how those challenges can be reduced by incorporation play therapy
- Highlight the use of assessment results in developing treatment plans that employ play therapy to advance clinical progress
- List a rationale for integrating play therapy with CBT approaches
The daily schedule will consist of didactic presentations, experiential work, clinical case presentations, and group work to process specific clinical presentations.
Schedule of Day 1
|9:00 – 9:30||Introductions and needs assessment: Participant’s “wish list”|
|9:30 -10:45||Definition of sexual behavior problems|
|11:00 -12:00||A rationale for our specific assessment model|
|12:00 - 1:00||LUNCH|
|1:00 - 2:30||ASBPC: Basic Elements|
|2:30 - 2:45||Break|
|2:45 - 5:00||Experiential Exercises|
Schedule of Day 2
|9:00 – 10:30||The structure and format of assessment|
|10:30 - 10:45||BREAK|
|10:45 - 12:00||Special challenges in conducting assessment of young children|
|12:00 - 1:00||LUNCH|
|1:00 - 2:30||Considerations in report-writing and reporting out|
|2:30 - 2:45||BREAK|
|2:45 - 5:00||Experiential Activity; Questions and Answers, Wrap up|
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- List three play therapy assessment tools
- List two challenges during assessment of children with sexual behavior problems and how those can be decreased by using play therapy interventions
- List two ways in which assessment informs play therapy treatment planning
- List a rationale for utilizing play therapy approaches during assessment
Friedrich, W. N. (2007). Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. New York: Norton
Gil, E. & Johnson, T. C. (1993). Sexualized Children: Assessment and Treatment of Sexualized Children and Children who Molest. Launch Press.
Silovsky, J. F., Swisher, L. M., Widdifield, Jr., J. & Burris, L. (2011). Clinical considerations when children have problematic sexual behavior. In Paris Goodyear-Brown (Ed.), Handbook of child sexual abuse: Identification, assessment, and treatment (pp. 401-428). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
General Course Information
This course is limited to 15 participants and is designed to facilitate experiential work, group discussion, and processing of clinical material. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their specific needs and clinical questions. Participant feedback will be sought out throughout the day.
Clinical case discussions will adhere to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.
Target audience is Mental Health Professionals: Social Workers, Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed marriage and Family Therapists.
The program is Beginning Level
This event is sponsored by Starbright Training Institute. Starbright Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Provider No. 96-029).
Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:
It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
For information about continuing education credit, fees, and deadlines for cancellations/refunds, please see https://starbrighttraininginstitute.com/. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
Myriam Goldin, LCSW; RPT-S, is Director of Starbright Training Institute. Phone: 703-980-2886. Email: email@example.com Web Page: starbrighttraininginstitute.com
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Accommodations for the Differently Abled
Starbright Training Institute’s training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations please contact the Director of Starbright Training Institute. See contact information above.
Course Instructor Contact Information
Name: Dr. Jennifer Shaw