As you learned in Lesson Four, the reasons children and youth are affected with sexual behavior challenges are varied. These behaviors can be a result of sexual abuse; however, this may not always be the case. If you suspect sexual abuse, if a child or adolescent reports they have been sexually abused, or if a child or youth has been in contact with a known sexual abuser, it is important to make a mandatory report. For more information on mandatory reporting, see Lesson Three in the Virtual Lab School (VLS) Child Abuse: Identification & Reporting course.

As caregivers and educators, it is important to know the signs of sexual abuse in children and youth. However, it is also important to be aware of other potential causes for problematic or severe sexual behaviors. Children and youth who have not been sexually abused may also exhibit sexual behavior challenges. Consider a child with developmental delays who struggles with issues of personal space and inappropriately touches themselves or others. Or a child who mimics sexually explicit material they saw on TV after an older sibling left the TV on. Children may also display sexual behavior challenges to self-soothe through masturbation in response to traumatic events. These are all examples of paths to sexual behavior challenges that are not the result of sexual abuse.

Potential Intervention Options

As caregivers and educators, it is beyond our training and skills to provide intervention for children and youth who exhibit sexual behavior challenges. However, we can educate ourselves on the intervention options available for families who have a child with sexual behavior challenges. It is important to be aware that different programs and schools refer to these resources by various names. At the Virtual Lab School, we think it is vital to familiarize yourself with the potential professional or job titles of those who may be working with a family that is experiencing sexual behavior challenges. For example, mental health professionals can include counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, or social workers. These professionals may provide therapy, intervention, or treatment. Certain settings may also include specialists, such as, board certified behavior analysts, occupational therapists, and intervention specialists.

Families should receive intervention from providers who are knowledgeable about sexual development, childhood and adolescent development, and research-based interventions (NTCSN, 2009). Mental health professionals will consider alternative conditions and look holistically at the child or youth, taking into consideration their environment, parenting style, family, and social factors. Each assessment is unique and treatment decisions are made on a case-by-case basis aiming for the least restrictive treatment option (Martin, 2019). Two main research-based practices for sexual behavior challenges are Trauma-Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT).

Create a podcast that will be a primer for therapists working with a variety of sexual challenges or sexual dysfunctions and how these could be approached using a systemic approach (e.g., not looking at the case/problem from an individual perspective).

Be sure your podcast addresses the following:

  • Some of the possible sexual dysfunctions that you might encounter
  • How you might approach working with sexual dysfunctions from a systemic lens
  • What tools, techniques, and approaches that you would take if you were working with partners who were experiencing sexual dysfunctions.
  • Length: 5-7 minutesReferences: Include a minimum of 4 scholarly resources.

Please write me a dialogue that I am able to read verbally that integrates citations appropriately within a sentence Ex: “Christian Reed in 1979 said in an article stating “blah blah blah”. . The podcast needs to be 5 min long so try to write what you can to extend it to that time.

Requirements: 3-4 pages   |   .doc file

 Attached doc’s are the articles to grab information from

Schwartz, M.F., & Southern S. (2018). An integrative model for treatment of sexual desire disorders: An update of the Masters and Johnson Institute approach. The Family Journal, 26(2), 223-237.

Southern S. (2019). Good enough sex: An interview with Barry McCarthy. The Family Journal, 27(1),5-10.

Maitra, S., Schensul, S. L., Hallowell, B. D., Brault, M. A., & Nastasi, B. K. (2018). Group couples’ intervention to improve sexual health among married women in a low-income community in Mumbai, India. A. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44(1), 73-89.

Davies, B., Gibbons, I., & Hughes, A. (2021). Treating comorbid sexual dysfunctions using the intersystem sex therapy approach. Contemporary Family Therapy, 43, 12–19.

Darnell, C. (2018). Using Narrative practices in a group sex therapy context. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 33(3), 286–297.

To help you out with the work cited, here are the appropriate APA formats for each accompanying doc I sent you in order.