Biopsychosocial Assessment Of Challenging Sexual Behaviours
Presented by: Shelley L. Watson, Ph.D. & Deborah Richards, M.A., C.H.M.H., RP
Date: December 13, 2017 Time: 10:00 am Recording Information: ABACAccess0
The biopsychosocial (BPS) approach allows clinicians and researchers to understand how an individual’s biological (e.g., genetic), psychological (e.g., emotions and behaviours), and sociocultural (e.g., peers, sex education) influences dynamically act together. Such a framework is essential when addressing the sexuality concerns of individuals with disabilities. In order to understand why the individual with a disability is engaging in challenging sexual behaviour, a comprehensive BPS assessment is required.
Individuals with disabilities are more likely to have psychological and medical challenges that affect their sexual development and experiences, such as infertility in Down syndrome or deficits in social skills in individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Such vulnerabilities may contribute to secondary challenges, such as the appearance of sexually inappropriate or deviant behaviour. For example, a person with Williams syndrome may appear to be engaging in self-stimulating behaviour, but is actually responding to discomfort from a urinary tract infection, a particular vulnerability for individuals with Williams syndrome and other genetic disabilities.
This presentation will apply a BPS approach to assessing challenging or inappropriate sexual behaviour in individuals with developmental disabilities. Facilitated by a clinician specializing in challenging sexual behaviour in individuals with intellectual disabilities and a researcher in sexuality and intellectual disability, this interactive presentation will teach participants how to do a BPS assessment. Specific assessment tools will be discussed, as well as case examples of how to conduct a BPS assessment. The presentation will conclude with BPS recommendations for the treatment or prevention of challenging sexual behaviour.
• Establish the complexities of challenging sexual behaviours, including the role of genetic disorders and their possible impact on sexuality
• Recognize the importance of biopsychosocial approaches
• Learn what is required to implement a comprehensive treatment and prevention approach for challenging sexual behaviour
• Become familiar with assessment tools and counseling strategies for challenging sexual behaviour
10:00 am: Introduction
10::05 am: Pretest
10:10 am: Live webinar begins
11:45 am: Q & A session- submit questions via chat function
12:00 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form
Behavior Analysts: Pending
Social Workers: 2 Clinical Hours
Certified Counselors: 2 ontinuing education hours, assessment
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Shelley L. Watson, PhD, is a Professor in the Psychology department at Laurentian University and currently Associate Vice President, Learning and Teaching. Her research focuses on intellectual disability, with specific emphasis on sexuality and abuse prevention.
Deborah Richards, M.A., C.H.M.H., RP is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice and a Consultant for developmental service agencies. Her focus is on forensics specific to sexual offending behaviours by identifying risk and then developing comprehensive treatment plans for individuals who have intellectual disabilities.
Presenter Disclosure Statement:
Dr. Watson and Deborah Richards do not have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk. They receive speaker fees for presenting ABACLive webinars.
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