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Problematic Sexual Behavior: The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Approach

Problematic Sexual Behavior: The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Approach

About this Webinar:

This webinar is focused on increasing the knowledge base of all multidisciplinary team members on problematic sexual behavior. The National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) defines children with problematic sexual behavior (PSB) as youth ages 12 and younger who engage in behaviors involving sexual body parts that are developmentally inappropriate and/or potentially harmful to self and others (Carpentier, Silovsky, Chaffin, 2005).

Focus will be placed on disseminating information regarding the continuum of sexual behaviors, dispelling myths about children with problematic sexual behavior, and instilling hope in treating this population.

Participants will gain an increased understanding of appropriate language to use and feel more competent in encouraging appropriate next steps for treatment and safety planning with families. Evidence-based information regarding family engagement in treatment through Mary McKay’s work will be incorporated throughout the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Learn what is normative vs. cautionary vs. problematic behavior in children and where such behaviors fall on the continuum.
  2. Be able to differentiate between common misconceptions regarding children with problematic sexual behavior and what is supported by research.
  3. Identify strategies for how to educate and engage professionals across disciplines to better serve children with problematic sexual behavior, their caregivers, and others impacted by the behavior.


Amanda Mitten, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Mitten received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014.

Dionna Weixel, M.S., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN). Ms. Weixel received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017.

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