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Tuesday, July 25 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Adolescents who have Sexually Offended: Getting it Right for Youth & Families

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Teenagers don’t know the laws and social rules for interpersonal sexual behavior.   The Internet, cell phones, and social networking have expanded the minefield for sexual misconduct.  Perhaps half of all child sexual abuse are violations between children, and can have lifelong consequences for victims, offenders, and their families.  Interventions aimed at sexual safety necessarily separate family members, but we’re not very good at putting families back together again.  Despite research that indicates recidivism is extremely low, most juvenile "sex offenders" will never escape the stigma.  This workshop will review the multiple pathways to sexual offending, explore the systemic challenges that impede recovery, and offer suggestions for how professionals might rethink our responsibilities for restoring relationships and guiding all parties to a successful outcome.

Learning Outcomes:


  • Understand the multiple pathways to adolescent sexual offending.
  • Understand how mismanaged interventions with child sexual abuse is letting down victims, juvenile offenders, and their families.
  • Understand the systemic challenges that interfere with recovery for all parties.


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Jon Brandt

Founder/Director, Mapletree
Jon Brandt, LICSW, has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He started his career in child protection, supervised foster homes for several years, and for more than 30 years has been working with victims and young men with sexual offenses.  Since 1991, he is the founder and director of Mapletree, a residential program in Maplewood, MN for adolescent offenders... Read More →

Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 205
  • Level All

Attendees (15)