PSB-CY: Clinical Assessment and Treatment Overview Courses

About The Course Series:

The Problematic Sexual Behavior of Children and Youth (PSB-CY): Clinical Assessment and Treatment Overview courses provide professional development for clinically assessing, responding to, and treating PSB-CY.

These courses were created from evidence-based best practices and focus on youth between the ages of 9 and 14 with problematic sexual behaviors (PSB). Each course has been designed by experts in the field, is self-paced, and is packed with valuable information, reflective activities, and resources for service providers. These courses are sequential and developed to be experienced in order. Please plan to complete each of the four courses, as each builds upon the next. 

Before taking these courses, we highly recommend watching all previous webinars in the SBCY series. Specific webinars have been designated as prerequisites for some courses. Check each course page for those recommended learning events. Continuing education credits from select credentialing agencies are available for each session!

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Continuing Education Credit

Please check this page often for updates. We are currently seeking approval of 1.5 CE credits for each of the four courses from the following credentialing agencies:

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work (SHSSW)
  • The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) 
  • The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
  • The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • Certificates of Attendance will be available for providers interested in documenting their professional development hours! 
Course 1

Clinical Assessment of Children and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior

Clinical assessments for PSB-CY should be holistic and ecologically informed, meaning that these assessments cannot and should not examine the youth’s problematic sexual behavior (PSB) in isolation. Instead, assessments should consider the whole youth and the context of vulnerabilities, risks, and protective factors at multiple interacting levels within which the youth exists (for example, considering family, peers, and school).

Course 1 provides an overview of the clinical assessment process when a child or youth has engaged in PSB. Key areas of review in this lesson include guiding principles for best practice and qualifications of providers for conducting clinical assessments of PSB-CY, assessment goals and procedures, youth engagement and interview strategies, clinical interview and assessment topics, assessment measures, and the analysis of assessment information.

Course Authors

Julia Grimm, LISW-CP, is an independent trainer and consultant with the NCSBY on the topic of PSB-Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) for school-aged children and adolescents.

Sue Righthand, Ph.D., is a psychologist in independent practice. She is a consultant to the NCSBY and provides training, program evaluations, and consultations.

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90 minutes = 1.5 CE Credits
Course 2

Caregiver Engagement in Assessment and Treatment

Caregivers are critically important in the effective assessment and treatment of PSB-CY. Caregivers’ discovery that their child engaged in PSB is often overwhelming. How professionals connect with the family directly impacts the caregiver’s support and cooperation with the assessment and treatment of their child.

Course 2 focuses on the vital role caregivers play in the intake assessment, treatment, and safety planning for their children. Strategies to address the internal and external barriers families face in cases of PSB-CY are also covered. Focus is placed on the engagement of the caregivers and reviews caregiver involvement in the assessment process needed to inform safety and treatment planning.

Course Author

Renee Roman, LMSW, is a practicing New York State Licensed Social Worker with over thirty-one years of experience. She currently serves as a Consultant and Trainer with NCSBY. Ms. Roman is an adjunct professor at SUNY Albany in the MSW Program.

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 90 minutes
Course 3

Clinical Decision-Making and Treatment Planning

Research demonstrates that youth who receive community-based, evidence-informed treatment that directly involves the caregiver are at no more risk of committing future illegal adolescent or adult sex offenses than youth without a history of PSB.

Course 3 builds on an understanding of youth PSB and the vulnerabilities and protective factors for PSB. The lesson describes treatment outcomes, as well as addresses clinical decision-making and prioritization of treatment needs among youth with PSB with co-occurring concerns.

Course Author

Benjamin Sigel, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). 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 NCSBY.

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 90 minutes
Course 4

Monitoring Safety Planning, Supervision, and Treatment Progress

Initial and ongoing assessment is crucial to ensure the safety of both the youth with PSB as well as others.

Course 4 identifies strategies for determining what level of care is best to meet the youth with PSB needs and the safety of others, when and how to implement and adjust safety and supervision planning, including the potential to seek higher levels of care, and how to determine when treatment needs have been met and when treatment may come to closure given the skills and plans families have acquired over the course of treatment.

Course Authors

Paul Shawler, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and founder of Shawler Psychology, PLLC, a behavioral health treatment and consulting company located in Southern Illinois. Dr. Shawler served 14 years in the Army National Guard. He currently serves as a consultant and trainer for the NCSBY.

David J. Kolko, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He directs the Special Services Unit at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. He is also the director of the Services for Adolescent and Family Enrichment (SAFE) program. 

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 90 minutes

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SBCY Series LogoThe Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth series addresses normative, age, and developmentally-appropriate sexual behavior in children in addition to cautionary and problematic sexual behavior that children may exhibit. Visit the SBCY homepage to learn more and watch series webinars!

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These courses have been a collaborative effort between OneOp, the Department of Defense, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,  and the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Number 2019-48770-30366 and Grant #2016-MU-MU-K053 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice (OJJDP) Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Defense or Department of Justice.