Working with children

When a child acts out sexually, we want to look at the entire picture. We consider sexual development, abuse and trauma history, body knowledge, religious beliefs and adult responses to the behavior.

Assessments of youth behavior focus on both individual risk factors and risk factors that reside and operate in the youth’s social and physical environment. Problematic behavior must be understood as contextual. In this respect, risk for continued sexually problematic behavior should be considered in the context of environments that provide low supervision, access to potential victims and overwhelming emotional demands or stress. Risk is contextual; it is a function of the individual and the individual in his or her environment (Massachusetts Adolescent Sex Offender Coalition, 2015).  IMG_1128

We provide services for juveniles who have sexual behavior problems or who have committed a sexual offense. When we work with juvenile clients, we also work closely with the juvenile’s family. We provide services and determine interventions from a developmental perspective – when talking with juveniles about sexuality we provide educational components, empower parents to have conversations with the child about sex, and focus on age appropriate healthy sexuality. One resource we frequently use is the It’s All One curriculum – which is designed for adolescents and promotes healthy sexuality through gender equality and human rights.

Services we provide:

  • Juveniles who have committed sexual offenses
  • Adolescent psychosexual assessments
  • Risk assessments – ERASOR
  • Protective factor assessment – DASH-13 (completed in conjunction with the ERASOR in order to assess strengths and deficits)
  • Juveniles coming out of placements
  • Aftercare
  • Therapeutic services for juveniles who have demonstrated poor boundaries but may not have been charged with a sexual offense
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Sexual identity/gender identity

One of our favorite resources when talking about gender is www.itspronouncedmetrosexual.com – “Gender is one of those things everyone thinks they understand, but don’t. This tasty little guide is meant to be an appetizer for understanding. It’s okay if you’re hungry for more.”

We also provide a workshop for juvenile offenders that covers the following topics: Respect, Equality, Safety, Trust, Consent, Body Knowledge and Pornography and Internet Safety.