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By Jason Jowers, MS, MFT

Kids Playing With Wooden Blocks

Our Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth (PSB-CY) Overview Course Series has officially launched! To access the courses, go to our OneOp PSB-CY Overview Courses page and click on the purple Course Enrollment button. These four asynchronous courses mark the next phase of programming in our OneOp Sexual Behavior of Children and Youth Series


With this recent launch, we at OneOp wanted to give our participants a preview of what they can expect to learn within each of the courses that will impact their work with military families in assessing and treating problematic sexual behavior (PSB) in children and youth.

PSB-CY Courses Highlights 

Course 1: Clinical Assessment of Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior is an overview of the clinical assessment process when a child or youth has engaged in problematic sexual behavior (PSB).  Highlights of this course include:

  • Establishing the assessment framework which will guide clinicians through the therapy process. This includes identifying protective factors or areas of strength and support that can facilitate progress and healthy decision-making.
  • This also includes identifying risks and vulnerabilities that may increase the likelihood of negative outcomes. They help identify areas where the child needs additional structure, resources, support, and supervision.
  • This course also fully goes through the step-by-step process of an assessment procedure for children and youth and PSB. Helpful sections cover engagement strategies and relevant interview topics to assess trauma and behaviors.

Course 2: Caregivers Engagement in Assessment and Treatment covers parents/caregivers’ roles in the clinical assessment and treatment of PSB-CY. Highlights of this course include:

  • One key to the successful treatment of problematic behavior is the involvement and support of caregivers and family. This is especially true for the problematic sexual behavior of children and youth. This course covers strategies for engaging adults in the prevention and treatment of child and youth problem behavior. 
  • Caregiver availability and capacity to participate in clinical services for their child falls along a continuum of engagement. This course covers internal and external barriers that may impact how children’s caregivers feel about the child/youth exhibiting problematic (sexual) behavior. Addressed are strategies to engage, collaborate with, and involve the caregiver in clinical treatment for children and youth. 
  • Focus is given to the beginning of the clinical process, with a specific focus on orienting the caregiver to clinical support. Tips are provided for best practices for creating a transparent, informed session with the caregivers of youth exhibiting problematic sexual behavior.

Course 3: Clinical Decision-Making and Treatment Planning provides an overview of clinical decision-making and treatment planning for youth exhibiting PSB. Highlights of this course include:

  • A brief overview on identifying protective factors, identifying vulnerabilities, and the spectrum of child and youth sexual behavior from normative, cautionary, and problematic.
  • A huge piece of this course focuses on treating cautionary and problematic sexual behavior along with co-occurring concerns or diagnoses (such as PTSD, trauma, and disruptive behaviors).
  • Also covered is the step-by-step guide to evidence-based best practices for treatment, along with the core components of working with caregivers around beginning a safety plan that works for the whole family. 

Lastly, Course 4: Monitoring Safety Planning, Supervision, and Treatment Progress identifies the key components of an effective safety and supervision plan for families and youth who present with PSB. Highlights of this course include: 

  • Establishing and implementing boundaries, rules, and conditions to prevent further PSB by working with both the youth and caregivers as well as with other siblings in the home, extended family, schoolmates, etc.
  • Going over levels of care including the intensity of services needed for the youth and family as well as exploring if residential care or placement has to be made to remove the exhibiting youth from the home for a time.
  • Fully going over community programs and other support services including educational services, behavioral health services, and case management.

Register in Thinkific to Take the Courses:

Get started by registering for a free account on Thinkific from the PSB-CY Courses bundle page. For information and/or assistance with the Thinkific platform, see our OneOp Courses Help page.

Thank you for your continued support and participation in our SBCY Series! We truly hope you enjoy and gain rich insight into your continued work on cases with children and youth exhibiting problematic sexual behavior. 

Cover Image: Pexels[Kids Playing With Wooden Blocks by Ketut Subiyanto, May 17, 2020, CC0]