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Program Name Program Sponsor Region Program Topic
Youth Who Commit Sex Offenses Dr. Keri Harvey, Ph.D. 3 Training
Program Dates and Locations Early Registration Date Early Registration Fee Registration Fee
4/15/2013 - 4/15/2018, Statewide, on-site as requested by departments
Program Description
Youth who commit sex offenses are very different than adult sex offenders. Over the past decade there has been a growing concern of juvenile perpetrators of sexual aggression. This session will help participants to have a better understanding of the characteristics of juvenile sex offenders, risk factors, impact, treatment of, and how people working with them can deal with this issue emotionally themselves.
Targeted Audience
Administrators, Probation and Supervision Officers, Directors, Supervisors, and Support Staff
Agenda
8:30-8:40: Introductions- presenter and participants introduce themselves to the group.

8:40-9:10: Characteristics of juvenile sexual abuse
Youth who commit sex offenses are very different than adult sex offenders. Over the past decade there has been a growing concern of juvenile perpetrators of sexual aggression. This session will help participants to have a better understanding of the characteristics of juvenile sex offenders, risk factors, impact, treatment of, and how people working with them can deal with this issue emotionally themselves.

Influences that have been identified are believed to help explain the origin juvenile sex offenders
*maltreatment experiences
*exposure to pornography
*substance abuse
*exposure to aggressive role models

9:10-9:30: Incidence and demographic characteristics
*estimated that up to 1/5 of all rapes and almost ½ of cases of child molestation committed by juveniles.


9:30-10:00: Effects of physical and sexual abuse
Studies show that male child witnesses to domestic violence tend to engage in externalizing behaviors (the acting-out of psychological conflict or tension), including acts of interpersonal aggression, more than their female counterparts. Exposure to family violence is linked to the likelihood of sexually offending as an adolescent, as well as the severity of psychosexual disturbance. The effects of exposure may be cumulative, as well as interactive with other developmental experiences, such as child abuse and neglect. Recent studies suggest that exposure to severe community violence (e.g., murders) may also increase the likelihood of engaging in violent and antisocial behavior.


10:00-10:45: Substance abuse and exposure to pornography
Substance Abuse: While there is strong research to support the association between violent crime and alcohol use, the association between sexual offending and substance abuse is not fully established. Estimates of the extent of substance abuse vary widely for the population of youth who sexually offend.




Pornogrophy: The influence of pornography on the developing male's potential for sexual offending is an issue of similar controversy. One recent study found that sexually abusive youth were exposed to pornographic material at younger ages on the average, and to "harder core" pornography, than either status offenders or violent non-sex offending youths (Ford and Linney, 1995). Research in these areas is lacking and clearly, juvenile sexual offending is far more complex than simple exposure to pornography or substance abuse.

10:45-10:55: Break

10:55-11:55: Treatment research
While funding and ethical issues have made it difficult to conduct carefully controlled treatment outcome studies, a number of encouraging clinical reports on the treatment of sexually abusive youth have been published (Becker and Hunter, 1997). While these studies are not definitive, they provide support for the belief that the majority of sexually abusive youth are amenable to, and can benefit from, treatment.

11:55-12:30: Trends in juvenile justice

12:30-1:00: Causes and patterns of juvenile sexual offenses

1:00-1:30: Group Discussion- how to emotionally deal with this in your job?
*emotionally
*at work
*at home
*stress reduction
*not transferring your anger/depression into your own lives from dealing with these youth

1:30-2:15 Typology
The clinical and criminal dimensions of juvenile male sexual abusers often vary. As with their adult counterparts, juvenile sexual abusers fall primarily into two major types: those who target children and those who offend against peers or adults. The distinction between these two groups is based on the age difference between the victim and the perpetrator (child perpetrators are those who target children five or more years younger than themselves).
*victims
*offense patterns
*Social & criminal history
*Behavior patterns

2:15-2:25 Break

2:25-2:45: Deviant Sexual Interests

2:45-3:30: Treatments
Types of treatment that research says works or does not work.




Contact Person & Address
Dr. Keri Harvey, Ph.D.
Dr. Keri Harvey, Ph.D.
PO Box 965, Howe, TX 75459
Telephone Fax Email Address
(903) 815-2500 drkeriharvey@gmail.com
Program Approved Date Approved Certification Hours Approved Management Hours
4/25/2013 2:19:00 PM 5.00 0.00
Program Approved Per Diem
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