2015 Spring Workshop – March 20

Event details

  • Friday | March 20, 2015
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Baltimore, MD

 

WORKING WITH MINOR ATTRACTED PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES:
FACING DILEMMAS TOGETHER

Authenticity can be challenging for both clients and those in the helping professions.  It can be particularly challenging when mental health professionals are interacting with minor attracted persons and those close to them.  There can be additional obstacles for both the clients and therapists, given cultural pressures and the sensitivity of some of the therapeutic goals. This workshop focuses on some of the dilemmas facing both the client and the mental health professional in moving towards understanding, mutual respect and wellness.

Participants will:

  • Identify how to more effectively balance multiple factors defining therapeutic relationships.
  • Recognize three obstacles for both practitioners and minor-attracted persons or their family/friends in therapy settings.
  • Examine aspects of reporting laws to allow the greatest freedom in forming a therapeutic alliance.
  • Understand the difficulties and dynamics involved in minor-attracted persons revealing their sexuality to others, including their vulnerability within therapy.
  • Address barriers to mental health professionals openly revealing in their advertising that they welcome minor-attracted persons into their practice.

Social workers and psychologists who attend will receive 5.5 CEUs.