Spring 2019 Workshop

Event details

  • Saturday | April 13, 2019
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Baltimore, MD

Compassionate and Informed Approaches for Supporting Minor-Attracted People

Emerging research confirms that minor-attracted people (MAPs), both adolescents and adults, often experience high levels of stigma, shame, feelings of loneliness and alienation, suicidal tendencies, and other issues that can make it more difficult to live productive and fulfilling lives. Professionals in mental health, sexuality, and related fields are beginning to develop ways to address these issues, including holistic approaches that take into account each individual MAP’s life experiences. What are these approaches? What are their assumptions and goals? Are they effective? A critical approach to evaluating both traditional and innovative professional responses to MAPs is needed.

At this workshop, therapists, researchers, educators, students, MAPs, and their family members and friends will have the opportunity to explore such questions by examining findings from recent research and hearing about the experiences of both MAPs and professionals who work with them. Ideas presented and discussed will be appropriate for both those new to this emerging field and those familiar with it.

At this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the experiences, perspectives, and diverse needs of MAPs.
  • Learn about criteria for evaluating professional approaches to them.
  • Learn about and evaluate specific approaches (both traditional and innovative) in light of these criteria.

Short presentations of research summaries and the experiences of MAPs and practitioners will be followed by small- and large-group discussions. Presentations and discussions will be co-led by MAPs, mental health professionals, and researchers.

Social workers and psychologists who attend will receive 5.5 CEUs.

The symposium will be held at a conference hotel approximately ten miles from downtown Baltimore, convenient to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Lodging is available at the conference hotel and at several other nearby hotels. Location and lodging details will be sent to attendees upon acceptance of their registration.

Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided and included in the registration fee.

Join us Friday evening, April 12, for an informal, optional meeting from 7 pm to 9 pm at the same location as Saturday’s workshop. We’ll welcome newcomers, get to know each other, and begin thinking about and discussing the theme of compassionate support for MAPs.

Advance registration is required; the deadline is April 1, 2019. Registration is open to researchers, scholars, practitioners, educators, and students in the mental health, human sexuality, and related fields. Mental health and criminal justice advocates, members of the media, MAPs, and MAPs’ friends and family members may also use the registration form to apply for an invitation to attend. Registration fees are as follows:

  • Practitioners, researchers, educators, advocates, and media: $80
  • Students, friends/family members of MAPs: $40
  • Three or more students from the same university: $30 each
  • MAPs: Free (donation appreciated)
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