Engaging Families with Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Mental Health Services - Webinar

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Engaging Families in Mental Health Services: A Discussion on Engagement in the Child Advocacy Setting
Recorded 10/23/2019
Recorded 10/23/2019 Successful completion of mental health treatment is closely associated with caregiver participation in treatment (McPherson et al, 2012). However, less than 50% of families who are scheduled to participate in therapy services attend their first appointment (Harrison et al, 2004). This webinar will aim to focus on common barriers that present for families in their attempts to engage in therapeutic services. Further, the research of McKay et al. related to caregiver engagement will be discussed and applied to the child advocacy center setting.
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Successful completion of mental health treatment is closely associated with caregiver participation in treatment (McPherson, et al., 2012). However, less than 50% of families who are scheduled to participate in therapy services attend their first appointment (Harrison, et al., 2004). This webinar will focus on common barriers families face. The research of McKay, et al. related to caregiver engagement will be discussed and applied to the CAC setting, with a focus on families with youth with problematic sexual behaviors.


Amanda Mitten, MA, LPC

Approved National Trainer: PSB-CBT and CE-CERT models, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Dionna Weixel, M.S.

LMFT Candidate, Child Development Specialist, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Carrie Jenkins, LPC (Moderator)

Co-Chair of the Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors Collaborative Workgroup, Sub-Specialty Leader, Sexual Behavior Problem Program at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, Charleston, SC

Jane F. Silovsky, PhD (Moderator)

Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and Director of Research, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Jane F. Silovsky, PhD, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). She serves as the Associate Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN). Since 1996, she has been the Director of the Children with Sexual Behavior Problems program, an assessment, treatment, and research program for preschool and school age children with problematic sexual behavior. She is a licensed psychologist and actively provides treatment and supervision weekly for treatment groups serving these youth with PSB; these youth and their families are diverse and have a variety of needs such as reunification, trauma exposure, and other behavior problems. Dr. Silovsky is one of the primary developers of the Honoring Children, Respectful Ways: Treatment for Native American Children with Sexual Behavior Problems training and treatment manuals, which is a cultural adaptation of the treatment for children with sexual behavior problems (SBP) through the Indian Country Child Trauma Center (ICCTC; previously funded through SAMHSA). Dr. Silovsky has worked with several organizations to publish materials for dissemination to assist families and professionals who work with youth that have SBP. She authored fact sheets on sexual development and research related to children with SBP for the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY), National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and ICCTC. She also authored a publication for SaferSociety Press designed to help parents and caregivers of children with SBP: Taking Action: Support for Families of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. Since 2010, Dr. Silovsky has been directing the T/TA activities for three OJJDP awards for fourteen sites who have been implementing collaborative community- and evidence-based interventions for families of youth with PSB and child victims.

Michelle Miller, PhD, LCSW (Moderator)

Project Coordinator for Mental Health Initiatives, National Children’s Alliance