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Experiential Therapies in Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behaviors

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CE Credits: 1.5 Credits
Length: 1.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Category: GIFR Membership Exclusive
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
We know that adolescents who display problematic sexual behaviors struggle with building confidence due to histories of trauma and abuse, low self-esteem, and poor interpersonal skills. Often, trauma and neglect histories alter brain functioning, impairing fine and gross motor skills, memory and language. This leads to difficulties in traditional clinical settings and they often feel less competent because of their limitations. Because of low confidence, many choose isolation and avoidance as a coping mechanism. This isolation and avoidance often fuels feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, apathy and poor self-image.
Utilizing strength based experiential and activity based interventions, adolescents often quickly gain improved skills and are able to tap into newfound talents and unknown capacities for change. Focusing on what they are good at and enjoy, often leads to increased motivation in treatment and a willingness to explore new treatments. Tapping into body-based and sensory-based interventions, allow clients to explore trauma and experiences they may not have words for. Building on this confidence, clinicians are able to build a stronger therapeutic relationship and clients are better able to tackle more complex challenges.
This 1.5 hour training will focus on providing clinicians the foundation and rational behind utilizing experiential interventions, offer insight into how to effectively incorporate experiential interventions into the treatment model and explore best practices to build facilitation confidence.
Trainer Biography
Ms. Santiago-Calling is the Director of Recreation Therapy for the Whitney Academy, and has been since 2006. In that role, she has developed innovative therapeutic activities to foster personal and interpersonal growth in the youth served. Her passion is incorporating experiential education within the clinical setting to address the emotional, cognitive, and sensory deficits to youth who have experienced trauma. She has presented this topic to clinical audiences across the United States, Canada, and England, and she has done consulting work with the Off Clinic Company in Sweden. She was also the featured presenter at the Scandinavian Trauma Network in Gothenberg, Sweden in 2013. Prior to working at the Whitney Academy, Ms. Santiago-Calling has worked with youth in clinical settings, incorporating outdoor adventure programming to develop self-esteem and success in her clients. She attended the University of Connecticut to achieve a BS in Therapeutic Recreation, and is a Board Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
This training is designed to help you:
  • Understand the benefits of utilizing experiential interventions
  • Build practical skills to begin using the interventions in your practice with your clientsJ
  • Create a framework from which to design an effective experiential curriculums
  • Understand how to safely incorporate safe touch activities within the treatment model
  • Gain a better understanding of how experiential interventions help clients gain improved social, emotional and physical skills that translate to improvements in treatment

1 Sponsorship: Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MHS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, provider #1371, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Global Institute of Forensic Research maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/8/2022-6/8/2025. Social Workers completing this course receive continuing education credits. Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MHS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) has been approved by NAADAC as an approved Continuing Education, Provider No. 144308. Programs that do not qualify for NAADAC credit are clearly identified. MHS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR) has been approved by NBCC as an approved Continuing Education provider. ACEP No.6711. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GIFR is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0337. Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0036.

2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].

3 Commercial Supports: Multi-Health Systems, Inc. (MHS, Inc.) reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. MHS receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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