Working with Minor-Attracted Persons and their Families:
Facing Dilemmas Together

Friday, March 20, 2015, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Baltimore, MD

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 mental health professions 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 therapeutic 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.

The vast majority of time will be spent in small- and large-group discussions focused on issues raised by discussion leaders and presenters. 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
Dramatization & discussion: Obstacles to authenticity–for both minor-attracted persons and their therapists
10:30 Break
10:45 Short presentations:  Personal experiences revealing sexuality to others
Discussion: Working with MAPs and/or their friends and family members
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Presentation: Mandatory reporting laws
Discussion: Forming a therapeutic alliance in light of reporting laws
2:30 Break
2:45 Discussion: Balancing factors defining therapeutic relationships and publicly offering services to MAPs
4:00 Adjournment

Russell Dick, LCSW-C, is the chairperson of the board of B4U-ACT and one of the co-founders. He has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. Russell worked at Springfield Hospital Center, a State inpatient psychiatric hospital in Sykesville, Maryland, for 37 years, most recently as Director of Social Work. He continues in private practice in Westminster, which he has done for 27 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.

Stephen Kopp is staff psychodramatist and Coordinator of Experiential Therapies for a residential treatment program for clergy and religious. 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.

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.

Vernice Renee McKee, MSW, LGSW, has 20 years of professional experience providing services for children and families in various settings including health care facilities. She is currently a Policy Analyst with the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) in the Social Services Administration. She has conducted Child Protective Services Reporting presentations throughout the state to mandated reporters of numerous organizations and agencies to include the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers’ Annual Pre-Conference in March of 2011. Ms. McKee also serves on the Maryland State Child Fatality Review Team (SCFRT), Children’s Justice Act Committee (CJAC), and Morbidity, Mortality, and Quality Review Committee (MMQRC).


Preregistration is required. The preregistration deadline of March 6, 2015 has passed. We are sorry that we can not accept any more registrations or admit anyone who has not already preregistered.