Course 1: Clinical Assessment of Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior


About this Course:

Course 1 of the Problematic Sexual Behavior of Children and Youth (PSB-CY): Clinical Assessment and Treatment Overview courses overviews the clinical assessment process when a child or youth has engaged in problematic sexual behavior (PSB).

Key areas of review include:

    • Qualifications and guiding principles for providers
    • Assessment goals and procedures
    • Youth engagement and interview strategies
    • Clinical interview and assessment topics
    • Assessment measures
    • Analysis of assessment information

Clinical assessment of children and adolescents generally refers to the collection and analysis of broad information, using a variety of methods, for the purpose of identifying areas of strengths, vulnerabilities, clinical problems, and intervention needs for the youth and family.

PSB-CY clinical assessments should be holistic and ecologically informed. This means these assessments cannot and should not examine the youth’s PSB in isolation. Instead, assessments should consider the whole youth and the context of vulnerabilities, risks, and protective factors at multiple interacting system levels within which the youth exists (for example, family, peers, schools).

Following this course, the learner will be able to:

    1. Recognize guiding principles for clinical assessments of PSB-CY.
    2. Identify considerations when preparing for clinical assessments.
    3. Identify research-informed topics relevant to clinical assessments.
    4. Be aware of youth engagement and interview strategies.
    5. Increase awareness of the utility of standardized assessment measures.
    6. Describe the process of analysis of the assessment findings for conclusions and recommendations.

These courses are sequential and developed to be experienced in order. Each course will take the average learner at least 90 minutes to complete. Please plan to complete each of the four courses listed on the PSB-CY Courses homepage.

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Course Enrollment


Before taking Course 1, we highly recommend watching the SBCY series webinars listed below. These specific webinars have been designated as prerequisites for these courses. Please plan to watch them before taking this course, if you have not done so already. CE credits are available for those watching the webinar recordings! 

Continuing Education:

    • Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Programming approval for CE credits have been obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. 
    • Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs): Contact Hours from the National Council on Family Relations to CFLEs are available.
    • Case Managers: Case Management Continuing Education Credits from the Commission for Case Manager Certification are available for this course.
    • Nurses: This activity will be submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).
    • Certificates of attendance are available for providers interested in documenting their professional development activities.

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Course Materials: 

Course Authors:

Julia Grimm headshot

Julia Grimm, LISW-CP, is an independent trainer and consultant with NCSBY on the topic of Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) for school-aged children and adolescents. She graduates from the USC College of Social Work MSW program in 2010.

Ms. Grimm served at the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center for 12 years as a therapist and forensic interviewer, as well as a clinical supervisor. She is nationally certified in TF-CBT and served as a trainer and consultant in Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT), an evidence-supported intervention for adolescents with comorbid PTSD, substance use, and other risky behaviors. Ms. Grimm has served as an Adjunct Faculty member for the USC College of Social Work Master of Social Work program, as a Field Instructor for MSW students, and on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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Sue Righthand, Ph.D., is a psychologist in independent practice. She is a consultant to the NCSBY and provided training, program evaluations, and consultations. She has extensive experience working with youth and adults who have sexually offended, as well as individuals who have experienced or initiated child maltreatment and other forms of violence. Dr. Righthand has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is affiliated with the University of Maine where she is an Adjunct Associate Research Professor.

Dr. Righthand’s recent collaborations include the development of the Youth Needs and Progress Scale and two books: Effective Intervention with Adolescents Who Have Offended Sexually: Translating Research Into Practice and the Safer Society Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended. She also co-authored the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol II and related research and was a member of ATSA’s Adolescent Practice Guidelines Committee.

More About This Course Series

Learn about the other courses in this series:

    • Course 2| Caregiver Engagement in Assessment and Treatment
    • Course 3| Clinical Decision-Making and Treatment Planning
    • Course 4| Monitoring Safety Planning, Supervision, and Treatment Progress

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SBCY Series LogoThis course is part of the Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth (SBCY) Series hosted by OneOp Family Development. For more information on other professional development opportunities on this topic, visit the series homepage!

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