2018 Symposium: Expanding the Focus of Research on MAPs

Event details

  • Saturday | September 22, 2018
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Baltimore, MD

Keynote Speaker: Jill Levenson, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Professor of Social Work, Barry University

Theme: Expanding the Focus

This day-long symposium will facilitate the exchange of ideas among researchers, scholars, mental health professionals, minor-attracted people, and others who have an interest in research on people who are attracted to children or adolescents (MAPs). A growing number of researchers and practitioners are realizing the inadequacy of common perceptions of MAPs and the importance of studies that move beyond abuse prevention toward understanding the development and well-being of MAPs. The symposium will address critical issues in the following areas:

  1. Identity development, mental health, and other MAP-centered issues
  2. Treatment approaches that go beyond prevention
  3. Funding of research and dissemination of findings
  4. Educating practitioners and students in mental health and human sexuality about MAPs
  5. Understanding and changing media portrayals and public perceptions of MAPs

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jill Levenson, PhD, MSW, LCSW, is a Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL, and a clinical social worker in practice in South Florida. Her current research focuses on understanding the obstacles to help-seeking for MAPs, as well as their perspectives on their counseling needs. As a scientist-practitioner and an advocate for human rights and social justice, her ultimate goal is to combat stigma by preparing and training therapists to provide ethical, competent, compassionate care for MAPs.


Registration will open in mid-June.