November 6, 2015, Friday
9-12 Rene McCreary, MS, LPC, Director of Counseling Services, MOSCA
“Working with Children with Sexual Behavior Problems and their Families”
There has been a new law passed in Missouri requiring the Children’s Division to follow up on cases where there has been no “care, custody or control”. This law is sure to increase the demand on practitioners for effective treatment for children and the families of children who are experiencing sexual behavior problems. In this workshop you will learn about the history of treatment for this population, and review risk factors. There will be a review of current research findings regarding effective treatment for this population. Finally, many practical tips and suggestions will be given for working with this population.
Counselors will benefit from knowing that Senate Bill 341 will go into effect in August. This bill is intended to support families in obtaining treatment for children with sexual behavior problems and prevent future victimization. The bill will require the Children’s Division to follow up with cases where children are acting out on one another, cases that formerly would have fallen through the cracks of the system when the child who was acting out did not have “care, custody or control” of the child who they acted out upon. This bill will support an effective community and state response to families of children with harmful sexual behaviors.
12 – 1 Lunch on your own
1 – 4 Robert Cox, MS, NCC
“Rethinking Autism: The Environment As Trauma and Treatment Implications”
The diagnosis of autism is becoming more frequent. This presentation will refer the DSM criteria, take a look at how that holds up in the real world and discuss current resources for referrals. In addition we will look at current treatment modalities most commonly used and research that indicates that we might do better.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify the characteristics common in autism and local resources for referral and assistance for families.
- Identify current treatment modes that are common with ASD.
- Identify models of treatment that may be more promising for high functioning individuals and have a fuller understanding of available research impacting the field.