Course 3: Clinical Decision-Making and Treatment Planning


About this Course:

Course 3 of Problematic Sexual Behavior of Children and Youth (PSB-CY): Clinical Assessment and Treatment Overview courses provides an overview of clinical decision-making and treatment planning for youth exhibiting problematic sexual behavior (PSB).

Research demonstrates that youth who receive community-based evidence-based treatment that directly involves the caregiver is at no more risk of committing future illegal adolescent or adult sex offenses than youth without a history of PSB. Clinical decisions for the treatment of PSB need to be made based upon a high-quality and holistic assessment of youth and their families.

Key areas build on an understanding of PSB in youth and the vulnerabilities and protective factors for PSB. The course describes treatment outcomes utilizing the core components of evidence-based practices, as well as addressing clinical decision-making and prioritization of treatment needs among youth with PSB with co-occurring concerns (such as PTSD and disruptive behaviors).

Treatment components designed to reduce or eliminate PSB in youth while also enhancing safety will be reviewed including how these strategies can be effectively utilized within the context of evidence-based treatment.

Following this course, the learner should be able to:

    1. Identify core components of evidence-based treatment for children with PSB.
    2. Identify components of ineffective treatment for children and youth with PSB.
    3. Describe outcomes for children and youth with PSB who receive evidence-based treatment.
    4. Be familiar with clinical decisions based upon assessment of PSB and other social, developmental, emotional, and behavioral concerns (for example, posttraumatic stress, impulsivity, and other disruptive behavior).
    5. Know descriptions of treatment components that address PSB as well as other social, developmental, emotional, and behavioral concerns within evidence-based treatments.

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

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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Ben Sigel, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Sigel earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UAMS. His areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of children with a history of experiencing trauma and exhibiting problematic sexual behavior.

Dr. Sigel is a Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) trainer as well as a trainer for the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth. He is prominently involved in the UAMS AR BEST (Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma) programs which have disseminated evidence-based treatment for trauma across Arkansas. Finally, Dr. Sigel is the Director of the UAMS Child Study Center Traumatic Stress Clinic. Further, he provides national training and consultation in the PSB-CBT school-age model, assists with the initial assessment of needs, and designs a training plan to facilitate teams’ use of the evidence-based program, collaborative care, and engagement of stakeholders.

More About This Course Series

  • Course 1| Clinical Assessment of Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Course 2| Caregiver Engagement in Assessment and Treatment
  • Course 4| Monitoring Safety Planning, Supervision, and Treatment Progress

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