The majority of sexually abusive behaviour involving children is carried out by people within the child’s circle of family and friends. Reports of this abuse being carried out by other children and young people is on the increase, creating new challenges for those of us working with children.
In this workshop we will describe the building blocks of effective communication skills integral to the development of protective behaviours. Good communication is the vital link between the inner world of children and their parents, carers and support workers. When we create positive relationships with children through effective communication the likelihood of their being abused decreases and opportunities to disclose are increased.
Receiving a disclosure from a young person can be an overwhelming and challenging moment. It is also a privileged moment in which we have the opportunity to take action that will have a lasting impact on that young person. We will look at responding to disclosures via a trauma informed lens, taking into consideration the young person’s attachment history and the importance of our own reactions and responses in the moment.
The final part of the day will focus on building an understanding problem sexual behaviours and sexually abusive behaviours. Reference will be made to developmentally normative behaviours and the difference between PSB/SAB will be clarified. While young people displaying PSB/SAB pose a risk to other children, they are also require support for themselves. Early intervention and recognition of these behaviours is the best way to maximise positive outcomes.
- Identify and describe problem sexual behaviours and sexually abuse behaviours
- Differentiate normative sexual development from problematic behaviours
- Risky and harmful behaviours are the problem, not the young person.
- Support the development of protective behaviours amongst young people
- Respond effectively to disclosures
- Basic understanding of trauma theory and trauma informed practice
- Commonly used tools in grounding and de-escalating clients exhibiting trauma related symptoms
- Aetiology of sexually abusive and problematic behaviours
- Introductory assessment and treatment tools for PSB/SAB
- Safety planning for children and young people exhibiting PSB/SAB
Venue: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Date: 18 & 19th June
Time: 9am – 3.00pm
Cost $380 early bird, thereafter $420 – 50% off the 5th ticket.
CPD approved by AASW