Treatment of Sexual Behavior Problems

Jennifer Shaw, Psy.D.

Program Goals

A comprehensive and specialized assessment process informs treatment planning for children with sexual behavior problems and their families.  This one-day intensive places special emphasis on guiding parents and caretakers to provide nurturing supervision and empathic care, and offering specific ways to engage children and caretakers in treatment designed to enhance their relationships.  A variety of play therapy strategies are provided and practiced as well as integrative, family-focused approaches to treatment. A 12-session treatment model (Boundary Project) is discussed and practiced session by session.  A copy of the Boundary Project curriculum will be provided to all participants.

Specifically, this program will:

  • Define sexual behavior problems
  • Differentiate between normative sex play and problem sexual behaviors
  • Discuss the family context of problem sexual behaviors, that is, look at factors that might increase or decrease risk factors
  • Describe a child-friendly assessment process that utilizes play therapy for young children with sexual behavior problems
  • Provide a treatment model with specific play therapy approaches and activities designed to engage children in self disclosure and self exploration of sexual behavior problems
  • Discuss the advancement of treatment goals using a combination of play therapy and CBT-based approaches
  • Discuss a number of play therapy resources for working with children’s sexual behavior problems

Program Schedule

Schedule of Day 1

9:00- 09:30 Introductions and review of assessment of sexual behaviors
09:30 -10:00 Atypical vs. Typical psychosexual development and behaviors
10:00 -10:30 Boundary Project curriculum: Rationale and research-informed components of session structure, format, and target concepts
10:30 -10:45 BREAK
10:45 - 12:00 Review of play therapy and CBT strategies with parents and children
12:00 - 01:00 LUNCH
01:00 - 2:30 Continue session by session Boundary Project model
02:30 - 2:45 BREAK
02:45 - 4:00 Continue session by session training, including use of play and expressive arts strategies to engage children, parents, and promoting parent-child relationships; case illustration and discussion

Schedule of Day 2

09:00 – 10:30 Continuation of treatment components of session structure, format, and target concepts
10:30 -10:45 Break
10:45 -12:00 Review of play therapy and CBT strategies with parents and children
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH
01:00 - 02:30 Continue session by session Boundary Project model
02:30 - 2:45 BREAK
02:45 - 4:30 Continue session by session training, including use of play and expressive arts strategies to engage children, parents, and promoting parent-child relationships. Closure

Course Objectives

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Define problem sexual behaviors
  • Provide four criteria for differentiating between normative sexual play and problem sexual behaviors
  • List four play therapy treatment strategies
  • Give a rationale for the integration of play therapy and CBT-based strategies when working with children with sexual behavior problems
  • Describe two research-informed components included in the boundary project model
  • List two ways to address safety and supervision concerns
  • Discuss pros and cons of individual play therapy versus group play therapy

General Course Information

This course is limited to 10 participants and is designed to facilitate group discussion, processing of clinical material, as well as to provide some opportunities for experiential work.  Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their specific needs and clinical questions.

Clinical case discussions will adhere to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.

This event is co-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).

Target audience is all Mental Health Professionals.

The program is : Beginning Level, Intermediate Level, Advanced Level.

Additional CE units, not specific to play therapy, will be provided through the Commonwealth Educational Seminars (www.commonwealtheducation.com).  There is an additional $30 fee for social work, counseling, MFT, and psychology CEs and checks are made out to Starbright Training Institute (or cash paid at training, no credit cards).

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: mgoldin@gilinstitute.com

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Dr. Jennifer Shaw, jshaw@gilinstitute.com,  703.493.0158. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

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

Bio: http://www.gilinstitute.com/about/team/shaw.php

Website:  https://starbrighttraininginstitute.com/

Email:  jshaw@gilinstitute.com

Phone: 703.493.0158