Examining Childhood Sexuality: Normative Development, Problematic Behaviors and Assessment of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Presented by:
Melinda Gronen, MA, LCSW

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

This course is an applied examination of child sexuality for practicing mental health clinicians.  In the first half of the course, attendees will participate in learning about, and examining, the spectrum of normative sexual development in young children through adolescence. In the second half of the course, attendees will explore how to assess problematic sexual behaviors, sexually reactive behaviors as a trauma response, and the assessment of childhood sexual abuse. Specific attention will be paid to assessing and interpreting behaviors within the context of individual and family cultural components. Attendees will engage in developing trauma informed clinical practice that provides a safe emotional space for a child or adult to disclose a current/past history of sexual abuse or offending behaviors. Collaboration and advocacy with local systems that provide medical and forensic assessment of childhood sexual abuse and assess the safety of a child will be discussed. Cultural components and counter-transference that contribute to different presentations and interpretations of normal and abnormal sexual development will also be explored.  The course is a mixture of evidence based didactic material, small group work, case studies, videos, and discussion.

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Melinda Gronen, MA is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 2000. Melinda spent 10 years performing forensic child abuse assessments as part of the multi-disciplinary Protective Services Team at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Melinda is currently the owner of Melinda Gronen Counseling, LLC where she specializes in providing counseling for adults and children who have experienced trauma as well as Caped Crusader Consulting, where she provides trainings at organizations across the country in the area of child maltreatment and trauma. Melinda is a contract therapist in community schools working with children impacted by traumatic loss and community violence. Additionally, Melinda is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, Erikson Institute, and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.