ENID, Okla. — Those attending a Sept. 6 seminar on sexual behavior in children and youth are asked to register by Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

"Sexual Behavior in Children/Youth: a Primer on Theory, Practice and System Response" is scheduled 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid in rooms 127, 129 and 131. Early registration is encouraged to ensure available seating. The training, along with lunch and snacks, is $20.

Garfield County Child Advocacy Director Carole Wade said 100 to 150 people are expected to attend the seminar for mental health professionals and law enforcement officers.

"It seems like a subject this community is ready to talk about," Wade said. "The police department was ready to join us as co-sponsors, the district attorney’s office, all the people that will interact with these children and youth where their behavior would become a community problem those people are all definitely invested in looking at this research and seeing if we can change any of the community’s response to children and youth with this problematic behavior."

The seminar consists of five sessions presented by Jane F. Silovsky. Silovsky is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She serves as the associate director of the OUHSC Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Since 1996, Silovsky has been the director for the Treatment Program for Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior, Oklahoma Juvenile Bureau and Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs. She is a licensed psychologist and actively provides treatment and supervision weekly for treatment groups serving these youth with PSB. Silovsky is one of the primary developers of the Preschool Treatment Program for Children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors.

"The last half of her presentation is going to be a community's response. That’s what I’m really intreated in building on once the seminar is finished." Wade said. "Maybe if they hear it they can take it back to their communities and we can begin to help children across the state. This is going to be so helpful to both the youth and the child and also their families."

The seminar includes five sessions by Silovsky: Overview of Sexual Development in Children; Problematic Sexual Behavior of Youth; Misconceptions about Children; Evidence-based Treatment Components; and Community Efforts to Improve Systems Response.

The seminar will qualify as continuing education units for licenses social workers, licensed professional counselors and licensed marriage counselors and family therapists. The seminar also will qualify as continuing education credits with Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for law enforcement officers.

The seminar is sponsored by Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, District Attorney Mike Fields' office, Office of Juvenile Affairs, Enid Police Department, Potts Family Foundation, Youth and Family Services, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

For further information, contact Garfield County Child Advocacy Council at (580) 242-1153 or via email at advocacycouncil@thecarecampus.com.

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