Debunking Myths, Defining Hope for Children and Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behaviors

This training is sponsored by a grant provided by the St. Louis Mental Health Board. There is no cost to view this training. This training was originally presented live. If you complete the video below  and take the evaluation, you will receive a CEU certificate. To watch the video, scroll down and click the purple, “view now” button.

Continuing Education Units:

The University of Missouri St. Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 2.75 clock hours or 3.3 contact hours (.33 CEUs) for this activity.

Training Description:

Often there is confusion about when a child’s sexual behavior is problematic and how we need to respond. This workshop addresses the complex issue of children with problematic sexual behavior and recommendations for treatment.

Training Objectives:

  • Compare/contrast atypical and normative sexual behaviors,
  • Identify the scope of sexual behavior problems in children and youth,
  • Dispel popular myths about this population,
  • Review relevant research literature, and
  • Discuss best practices and treatment options for children and caregivers

Speaker Bios:

Laura Kaehler, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist at the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon in 2014. Dr. Kaehler completed her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, and she also participated in a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Department of Psychology. At CASGSL, she co-facilitates the group treatment program for school-aged children with problematic sexual behaviors. Dr. Kaehler’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of trauma sequelae, trauma-informed parenting, and prosocial behavior. At UMSL, Dr. Kaehler teaches courses related to traumatic stress in the CAST program.

Kelly Snider, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing clinical services to children and adolescents at Children’s Advocacy Services. Kelly received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in working with children, youth, and family as well as a certificate in violence and injury prevention. Kelly is the Program Director of Group Treatment for School-Age Children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors. Kelly co-facilitates the caregiver component of group therapy for preschool and school-age children with sexual behavior problems. She also sees individual clients who have been exposed to various types of trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic loss.

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