Course 2: Caregivers Engagement in Assessment and Treatment


About this Course:

Course 2 of the Problematic Sexual Behavior of Children and Youth (PSB-CY): Clinical Assessment and Treatment Overview courses covers the caregiver’s role in the clinical assessment and treatment of PSB-CY.

Caregivers are critically important in the effective assessment and treatment of PSB-CY. The discovery that their child engaged in PSB is often overwhelming for parents and caregivers. Research demonstrated treatment with caregivers is critical to positive outcomes, and youth have shared that their caregiver’s participation and support were key to their success. Effective engagement begins at first contact. How professionals connect with the family directly impacts the caregiver’s support and cooperation with the assessment and treatment of their child.

This course focuses on the vital role caregivers play throughout intake assessment, treatment, and safety planning for their children. Focus is also placed on the engagement of the caregivers and reviews caregiver involvement in the assessment process needed to inform safety and treatment planning.

Following this course, the learner should be able to:

    1. Discuss the importance of the caregiver in the assessment and treatment process
    2. Identify caregiver engagement strategies
    3. Be aware of interview topics and approaches with caregivers to obtain information to inform clinical decision-making
    4. Be familiar with approaches for introducing safety planning
    5. Identify strategies to address common barriers to caregiver participation

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 Prerequisites:

Before taking this course, 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 Author:

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Renee Roman, LMSW, is a practicing New York State Licensed Social Worker with over thirty-one years of experience. She is currently self-employed as a Consultant and Trainer.

She attended Alfred University for her bachelor’s degree and obtained her master’s in social work from SUNY Albany with a concentration in children and families. Ms. Roman practiced as a Clinical Social Worker for several years in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland. She relocated to New York in 1995 where she continued to work with children and families. Ms. Roman served as the Director of Clinical Services when the START Children’s Center (a child advocacy center) opened in November 1998. From 1999 until 2019 she served as the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center.

Aside from her clinical and administrative experience, Ms. Roman functioned as the primary Forensic Interviewer for the agency. Ms. Roman has interviewed over 1,500 children alleged to be victims of abuse or witness to abuse of violence. She is one of the original authors of the New York State Forensic Interviewing Best Practice. She was a contributor to and co-author of the NCA nationally approved updated Forensic Interviewing Best Practices curriculum. Ms. Roman also coauthored New York State Advanced Forensic Interviewing Best Practices.

Ms. Roman has trained thousands of Forensic Interviewers, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Child Protective Workers since 2003. Ms. Roman is a trainer in Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents (PSB-CBT-A) and a within-agency trainer for the adolescent model. She has been treating youth with problematic sexual behaviors and training on the topic for 5 years. She has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on topics related to her practice. Ms. Roman trains Senior Leaders for the successful implementation of PSB-CBT in communities.

She has experience implementing these programs in her own community and oversaw the project to implement the adolescent program in New York State. Ms. Roman is an adjunct professor at SUNY Albany in the MSW Program. She specializes in the dynamics of family violence, evidence-based treatment for family violence, and child welfare. She trains for Ford-ham University in Sexual Abuse Dynamics (SADIT) and Brief Interview Training for Foster Care and Prevention Workers.

More About This Course Series

Learn about the other courses in this series:

    • Course 1| Clinical Assessment of Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior
    • Course 3| Clinical Decision-Making and Treatment Planning
    • Course 4| Monitoring Safety Planning, Supervision, and Treatment Progress

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