Our https site is back up after a technical problem

A minor technical problem made the HTTPS version of our website inaccessible for a few days, which is why you may have received a warning message when trying to access our website. Please know that the problem has been fixed and should not happen again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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A great podcast about our referral program

If you are considering joining our list of therapists and would like to learn more about our referral program, the following podcast should interest you. As part of his “A MAPs Journey” podcast series, Elliott MAP interviews Michael from B4U-ACT. They discuss everything you might want to know about our list and referral program.

You can access the podcast by clicking on the image below:

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MAPs wanted for study on mental health, self-esteem, and social support

Maggie Ingram, a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, is looking for MAP volunteers to participate in a study on mental health and well-being. Here is a message from Maggie:

Thank you for your interest in our study! We are interested in learning about the mental health and social support of individuals who are attracted to children. Participation involves taking a confidential, anonymous, online survey, which consists of both multiple choice and short-answer questions. The survey typically takes 35 minutes to complete. No personally identifiable information, including IP addresses, will be collected. We will not ask about illegal behavior, and we will not collect any reportable information.

To be eligible for participation, you must

  1. be 18 years of age or older
  2. self-identify as attracted to children 13 years of age or younger (may also be attracted to older children and/or adults)
  3. have no history of sexual contact with a person under the age of 18 (when you were 18+ AND more than 3 years older than the other person)

If you are eligible and interested in participating, please follow this link to the survey, which includes the consent form: https://jhsph.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9MNqrnaht1V9ECV

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the study team at mentalhealthsocial@jhmi.edu

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Introducing the B4U-ACT Newsletter

B4U-ACT is pleased to announce the publication of the first issue of our new newsletter. We hope this newsletter will keep readers informed about our projects and activities promoting objective research and compassionate therapeutic care that meets the needs of minor-attracted adolescents and adults. Our Summer 2020 issue includes an update on current projects and an extensive interview with a doctoral student conducting cutting-edge research on relationships, resiliency, and parenting intentions among MAPs. Click here to access the newsletter.

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MAPs wanted for study on conceptualizations of pedophilia

“A Social Constructionist Approach to Paedophilia, Child Sexual Abuse and Relevant Preventative Policy-Making: A Comparison between the USA, the UK and Germany”

My name is Maria Sklavou and I am doing my PhD at the University of Sheffield in the UK. My research is looking into conceptualizations of paedophilia, child sexual abuse and relevant implications for policy-making in the USA, the UK and Germany. This study hopes to challenge the stigmatizing narratives about paedophilia and child sexual abuse on a comparative level.

I am looking for MAPs willing to participate in this research. Participants should:
– be over 18 years of age;
– be minor attracted persons, and
– be involved in a relevant organization (such as B4U-ACT) and/ or have experience with doing therapy in relation to their attraction.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to keep a diary. The diary can be written or audio-recorded, depending on what you prefer. I will give you some topics that I would like you to consider when keeping your diary: these will be relevant to your attraction and your experiences with therapy. However, you will also be able to add things that you find relevant and important.

The whole process has 3 phases and spans across 3 weeks (1 phase per week), but it is not time-intensive. Each week, you will only have to make one diary entry (but it can be more frequent, if you want to). I understand that you may be very busy and have other priorities, so the timeframe will be flexible and adjustable to your schedule. The diaries are intended to give you the opportunity to express yourselves freely and without judgement. Anything you write or record will be kept completely confidential.

If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with me at: msklavou1@sheffield.ac.uk. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for your time!

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2019 Accomplishments

During 2019, with the support of our generous donors, B4U-ACT has:

  1. Held a one-day workshop on “Compassionate and Informed Approaches for Supporting Minor-Attracted People,” highlighting three therapeutic models: Compassion-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and the Berlin Dissexuality Therapy (Dunkelfeld) Program. The workshop was attended by 45 therapists, researchers, graduate students, and MAPs.
  2. Held twelve teleconferences on therapy for MAPs, attended by therapists, researchers, graduate students, and MAPs.
  3. Collaborated with researchers on seven studies on the mental health of MAPs, by assisting them in the development of their research foci, interview protocols, and/or survey questions, and/or by recruiting subjects for their studies.
  4. Established an email group for researchers who study mental health issues of MAPs. The group currently consists of 36 members.
  5. Increased the number of therapists on our referral list, and continued to refer MAPs to them.
  6. Began work on a review of the Berlin Dissexuality Therapy program and a document on sexual health for MAPs.
  7. Continued its two online support groups: one for MAPs and one for friends and family members of MAPs

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Thanks to our Amazon Smile donors!

We wish to send a special “thank you” to our supporters who have donated to B4U-ACT through Amazon Smile. Over just the past three months they’ve purchased over $6000 worth of products at Amazon.com, and Amazon has sent 0.5% of the price of those purchases on to B4U-ACT. Although this may not seem like a lot, it adds up over time, and it shows consistent support for our efforts.

If you’d like to support B4U-ACT in this way, simply click here to select B4U-ACT as your charity, then bookmark the link so you can easily use it each time you order from Amazon. (Using regular Amazon.com will not result in donations to B4U-ACT.) B4U-ACT receives no identifying information or purchase details as a result of these contributions.

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MAPs Wanted for Study on Therapeutic Experiences

Seeking Individuals to Participate in a Study about the Therapeutic Experiences of Minor Attracted Persons

Nicole Jordan, a Master of Social Work student at the University of Southern Maine, is conducting a study to explore the therapeutic experiences of MAPs. The goal of this study is to contribute to improved therapeutic services for MAPs by understanding the opinions and experiences of individuals receiving therapy related to minor attraction.

In order to participate in research, you must meet the following requirements

  • – 18 years of age or older
  • – Self-identify as minor attracted
  • – Currently in therapy for reasons related to minor attraction OR have  participated in therapy for reasons related to minor attraction in the past
  • – Reside in the United States
  • – Speak/read English fluently

Participation is completely voluntary and will not impact your relationship with B4U-ACT. Participants will complete a 45-60 minute interview via Zoom, Jitsi, or phone about their experiences in therapy. Participants will be asked open-ended questions about topics such as their relationship with their therapist, if they felt their needs were being met in therapy, their therapist’s knowledge base of working with a MAP, if therapeutic services were centered around their own goals, and their overall impression of the therapeutic process. Participants will be welcome to skip any questions they do not feel comfortable answering.

No identifying information will be collected to promote participant anonymity. With any questions or if you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Nicole Jordan at nicole.jordan@maine.edu using an email that does not contain identifying information.

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