Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Preschool Children

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About This Program

Target Population: Boys and girls ages 3 to 6 years with sexual behavior problems and their caregivers

For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 6

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 3 – 6

Brief Description

Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Preschool Children is a family-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, psychoeducational, and supportive treatment group designed to reduce or eliminate incidents of problematic sexual behavior in young children:

• Services are provided through an outpatient group treatment program for children ages 3 to 6 years and a parallel group for their parents or other caregivers. Recommended group size is 5-7 children per group.

• The program can be provided to individual families when group is not an appropriate option.

• Group treatment is provided as a closed-ended group.

• The group treatment is 12-14 sessions.

• Collaboration with child protective services, school personnel, and others involved is highly recommended.

Caregivers are taught about sexual development in children, and how to enhance supervision of children, teach and implement rules in the home, communicate about sex education, and reduce behavior problems utilizing behavior parent training strategies. Children are taught private part rules and abuse prevention skills in the context of safety rules, boundaries, emotional regulation, coping skills, and basic impulse-- control strategies, all of which are taught and practiced during and between sessions.

Program Goals:

The goals of Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Preschool Children are:

• Eliminate or reduce problematic sexual behavior in children

• Improve child behavior via better parental monitoring, supervision, and behavior management skills

• Improve parent-child interaction and communication

• Improve coping, self-control, and social skills in children

Contact Information

Jane F. Silovsky, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Phone: (405) 271-8858
Fax: (405) 271-2931

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2011