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About the Workshop

Many children and adolescents are labeled “adolescent sex offenders” when in reality they are not offenders. They are merely children who are reacting to being exposed to sexual behavior, pornography, or being sexually abused. On the other hand, adolescents who have sexually abused other children are going unrecognized, undiagnosed, and untreated. Because of mental health reform, it is extremely difficult navigating the “new” mental health system. Insurance companies often times require adolescent sex offender evaluations or sexualized behavior risk assessments prior to authorizing mental health services. The insurance companies require these evaluations and assessments, but do not pay for them. This program will teach one how to distinguish between sexualized behavior and sexually offensive behavior. This program will teach providers how to identify basic mental health and supervision requirements as well as how to navigate the mental health system in order to best support their clients.

Sexualized Behavior versus Sexually Offensive Behavior in Children and Adolescents
October 12, 2012
Edwin W. Monroe AHEC Conference Center Venture Tower Drive, Greenville, NC Sponsored by

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should increase their ability to effectively care for clients by being able to:  Differentiate between the labels of sexually offensive and sexually reactive youth  Discuss risk and protective factors of an adolescent sex offender  Identify age and developmentally appropriate sexual behavior  Identify ways to prevent one from sexually re-offending  Describe the best way to support and treat a child and adolescent with sexualized behavior  Identify ways to navigate various systems supporting a child and adolescent with sexualized behavior  Specify how the department of juvenile justice can help serve adolescent sex offenders  Explain a method to assist an adolescent to avoid sexually reoffending  Explain how technology has impacted our youth in harmful ways; as well as implement these skills in their daily practice.

About the Workshop

Target Audience
This workshop offers valuable information for all psychologists, social workers, case managers, counselors, substance abuse professionals, and other interested mental health providers, as well as school personnel, nurses and all others who work with children and adolescents who exhibit sexualized behavior.
You will receive handouts for this workshop in your confirmation email. Please be sure we have your correct email so that you will receive the handouts. Please be sure to print your handouts prior to the event and bring them to the workshop, as there will be none available at the event.

completes Court-ordered Adolescent Sex Offender Specific Evaluations and Sexualized Behavior Risk Assessments. She is also a licensed professional for a residential facility for adolescent sex offenders. She educates administration and staff about risk factors related to sexualized behavior and how to supervise and manage adolescents with sexualized behavior or sexually offensive behaviors.

Category A-NC Psychology Credit: This program will provide 6.0 contact hours of (Category A) continuing education for North Carolina Psychologists. No partial credit will be given. Continuing Education Units (CEU): Application has been made to the Division of Continuing Studies at East Carolina University for 0.6 units of continuing education credit. National Board for Certified Counselors Credit (NBCC): Eastern AHEC is an NBCC – Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC – approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. (Provider #5645) North Carolina Public School Personnel (PSPR): Certificates of attendance and credit packets will be provided to participants desiring this credit. Substance Abuse Counselor Certification (SAC): Application has been made to the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board for 6.0 hours of Substance Abuse General Skill Building credit.

8:30 am 9:00 am 10:30 am 10:45 am REGISTRATION Normal and Abnormal Sexual Behavior in Children and Adolescents BREAK Determining Risk and Protective Factors of Children and Adolescents with Sexualized Behavior (Case Examples) LUNCH (on your own) Determining Levels of Care BREAK Navigating the Systems and Using their Ways to Support Children and Adolescents from Re-offending or Acting Out Sexually ADJOURNMENT

12:00 pm 1:15 pm 2:30 pm 2:45 pm

4:45 pm

Please bring a jacket or sweater to ensure your comfort.

About the Faculty
Heather Wilkerson, MSW, LCSW, received her Master of Social Work in 2003 from New Mexico State University. She worked at Cumberland County Mental Health Center, Children and Youth Services as a Clinical Social Work Specialist from 2004-2008. In 2005, Heather received her certification as a Juvenile Sex Offender Certified Counselor from the University of Louisville. She received her License of Clinical Social Work in 2006. In April 2006, she created her private practice, Hope-thru-Horses, Inc. (HTH, Inc.) At Hope-thru-Horses, Inc., Heather treats adults, adolescents, and families with most mental health diagnoses. Heather

There is no additional charge for any of these credits. Certificates for contact hours will be awarded at the completion of this workshop. Certificates for credit will not be mailed and MUST be picked up at the conclusion of the workshop.

Program Location
This program will be held at the Edwin W. Monroe AHEC Conference Center (adjacent to the Eastern AHEC Office Building-Venture Tower) located on Venture Tower Drive in Greenville, NC. Parking is available in the lots marked Monroe Conference Center Parking Only (two rows in front of the building and in the lot located to the right of the building). Maps at

Sexualized Behavior versus Sexually Offensive Behavior in Children and Adolescents
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The registration fee includes all program materials and refreshments. Be sure to check the Eastern AHEC web page: for upcoming programs and online registration. To register, please call Eastern AHEC at (252) 744-5215 or, mail/fax your registration form to: Eastern AHEC, Attn: Registration, P.O. Box 7224, Greenville, NC 27835-7224 - FAX: (252) 744-5229. NOTE: If you register, do not attend, and do not cancel by the deadline date (October 5, 2012), you or your agency will be billed for the full amount of the registration fee. Individuals with disabilities, requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at (252)737-1016 (Voice/TTY) by September 28, 2012. If you would like more information on the program, call Mental Health Education at Eastern AHEC at (252) 744-5215.

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