Spring 2017 Workshop

Event details

  • Friday | April 28, 2017
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Baltimore, MD

Developing Best Practices for Working with Minor-Attracted People

Mental health professionals at the cutting edge are coming to understand the importance of a holistic, wellness-focused approach when working with minor-attracted people (MAPs). But yet to be developed are professionally accepted guidelines for best practice. What do we know in this area? What do we still need to learn? How can we learn it? This workshop will explore such questions through personal stories, examination of findings from preliminary research, and discussion of a document on therapy for MAPs currently under development. Therapists, researchers, educators, students, MAPs, their family and friends, and others who attend will have the opportunity to help flesh out the wellness-focused therapy envisioned at last year’s workshop. Ideas presented and discussed will be appropriate for both those new to this emerging area of mental health practice and those familiar with it.

Participants will:

  • Develop an awareness of, and comfort with, issues related to the mental health needs of MAPs.
  • Learn principles and approaches for working with MAPs.
  • Learn about areas in need of research and development.

The vast majority of time will be spent in small- and large-group discussions focused on issues raised by personal stories, short presentations, and discussion questions. Lecture-format presentations will be minimal. Presentations and discussions will be co-led by minor-attracted persons and mental health professionals.

Social workers and psychologists who attend will receive 5.5 CEUs.


8:30 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Introductory Remarks
What Do We Know About MAPs and Their Needs?
10:30 Break
10:45 Therapeutic Principles: Autonomy, Trust, and Client-Centeredness
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Toward a Therapeutic Knowledge Base
2:30 Break
2:45 Legal and Ethical Issues
4:00 Adjournment

Russell Dick, LCSW-C, is the chairperson of the board of B4U-ACT and one of the co-founders. He retired from a state inpatient psychiatric hospital in Maryland after 37 years, most recently as Director of Social Work. He continues in private practice in Westminster, which he has done for 29 years. Russell served for many years as the Maryland Chapter of NASW’s chairperson of the Peace and Social Justice Committee, as well as serving on the board and as vice-president of the Chapter.

Richard Kramer has been with B4U-ACT since 2006, serving as the organization’s Director of Operations from 2009 to 2012. He currently serves as Science and Education Director, helping to plan and lead B4U-ACT workshops, and facilitating collaboration with researchers. He holds a master’s degree in the sciences and a doctorate in the social sciences. He first realized he was exclusively attracted to minors in his early adulthood.

Stephen Kopp is a certified trainer in psychodrama and Coordinator of Experiential Therapies for a residential treatment program. Steve received the Neil Passariello Award for his work with HIV/AIDS and sexuality issues. He currently serves as president for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Steve has helped plan and lead B4U-ACT workshops since their inception in 2008.

Shea Taylor, having completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the social and physical sciences, first came to understand and accept in his late 20’s that he is primarily attracted to older children and younger adolescents. Initially attending a B4U-ACT workshop in 2008, he has recently been most inspired to work on projects to provide peer-support programs for minor-attracted persons: yearly in person, weekly by video-call, and ongoing through a web-forum. Shea is grateful for all he is able to receive from and contribute to people of all ages in his life, through his work, volunteering, and friendships.


The workshop will be held at a conference facility approximately ten miles from downtown Baltimore, convenient to BWI Airport. Details along with driving directions will be sent to attendees upon acceptance of their registration.


Preregistration is required. The preregistration deadline has passed, so online registration is closed. You may contact rdick@b4uact.org to find out about the availability of late registration.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • Regular registration: $75
  • Graduate students, friends or family members of MAPs: $35
  • Three or more students from the same university: $25 each
  • MAPs: free (donation is appreciated to cover lunch and snacks)