Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB)
Sexual behaviors in children are often the result of harmless curiosity, but there are times when these behaviors become harmful to the children or others. Sexual behaviors in youth are considered problematic when they have one or more of the following characteristics:
- Occur frequently;
- Take place between children of widely different ages (e.g., a 12 year old and a 4 year old) or between children of different developmental abilities;
- Involve intrusive interpersonal behavior with other people or animals;
- Are initiated with strong, upset feelings, such as anger or anxiety;
- Cause harm or potential harm (physical or emotional) to any child;
- Involve coercion, force, threats, bribery, or aggression of any kind.
CAP offers a pioneering program that is nationally recognized for its success in treating children with PSB.
Children who exhibit inappropriate sexual behavior can be helped with outpatient treatment from 12 to 32 weeks. They can live at home and attend school and other outside activities without jeopardizing the safety of other children. Most do not continue to have sexual behavior problems into adolescence and adulthood. CAP provides therapy for children ages 7 to 12 years and their caregivers. Behaviors for which children are referred include:
- Repeatedly exposing themselves to others
- Excessive masturbation
- Failure to recognize socially acceptable physical boundaries
- Aggressive sexual acts
CAP offers an evidence-based approach for addressing PSB in school age children.
The program is based on the Oklahoma University Problematic Sexual Behaviors-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group treatment model. These outpatient group treatment programs are recognized and supported by research as being effective in reducing or eliminating problematic sexual behavior in youth. The programs work with caregivers and the youth to increase safety and communication as well as promote healthy, positive choices.
For more information, contact Tammy Simmons at 716.338.9844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.