Mental Health for Minor-Attracted People:
Keeping Wellness First

Friday, April 22, 2016, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Baltimore, MD

In the relationship between minor-attracted people (MAPs) and professionals, numerous factors often make it difficult to remain focused on the well-being of the MAP. Legal issues, political influences, societal preconceptions, and individual fears can result in responses that are more oriented toward social control than toward the wellness of the MAP. At this workshop, we will provide a forum for therapists, researchers, educators, students, MAPs, their family and friends, and others to discuss and develop a shared vision for focusing on the wellness of MAPs. Our goal is to collaboratively identify benefits of and obstacles to such a focus, and develop both long-term and immediate steps we can take to promote the wellness of MAPs.

Participants will:

  • Develop a vision of what it means for the mental health system to place top priority on the wellness of MAPs.
  • Become aware of ways that individuals and society both interfere with, and can benefit from, such a focus.
  • Learn concrete ways we can individually and collectively work toward our vision.
  • Learn strategies for focusing on MAPs’ wellness now.

The vast majority of time will be spent in small- and large-group discussions focused on issues raised by 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
9:00 Introductions
Why Wellness? Personal journeys and experiences
10:30 Break
10:45 A Vision of Wellness: Identifying the parts of the whole
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Acting Now: Practical approaches for incorporating a wellness focus today
2:30 Break
2:45 Building Momentum: Commitments and goals for developing and promoting wellness-focused services
4:00 Adjournment

Russell Dick, MSW, LCSW-C, is the chairperson of the board of B4U-ACT and one of the co-founders. He retired from Springfield Hospital Center, a state inpatient psychiatric hospital in Sykesville, Maryland, after 37 years, most recently as Director of Social Work. He continues in private practice in Westminster, which he has done for 28 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. Russell is also a husband and father, a gardener, jazz lover, sous chef for his wife, bird watcher, walker, and has a variety of other roles and interests.

Richard Kramer has been with B4U-ACT since 2006, serving as the organization’s Director of Operations from 2009 to 2012, and currently as Science and Education Director. He has helped to plan and lead B4U-ACT workshops since 2008 and has spoken to university classes on the topic of attraction to minors since 2010. 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 staff psychodramatist and Coordinator of Experiential Therapies for a residential treatment program for clergy and ministers. He is a certified trainer in psychodrama. Steve received the Neil Passariello Award for his work with HIV/AIDS and sexuality issues.  Steve has presented psychodrama and action training skills internationally.  He currently serves as president for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, (ASGPP) and was recipient of the Chapter’s 2013 Gratitude Award. 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 south of 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 is Friday, April 8, 2016. You may register online or by printing out the brochure and returning the included registration form. If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, electronic transfer from your checking account, or Paypal, you must register online.

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