Special Events

The National Symposium on Sexual Behavior of Youth
Be a Voice, Not an Echo
February 21-23, 2023
Embassy Suites by Hilton - Norman, Oklahoma
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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
8:30a - 9:00a
Symposium Opening, Welcome, and
Distinguished Awards Ceremony

Jane F. Silovsky, PhD
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
9:00a - 10:00a
Opening Plenary

Diversity and Equity in Work with Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior
Tyffani Monford Dent, PsyD

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
12:15p - 1:15p
Mark J. Chaffin Lecture and Luncheon
Trauma Informed-Care and Dismantling the Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline
Apryl Alexander, PsyD

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
5:00p - 7:00p
Welcome Reception
Come meet professionals in the field and share resources on the topic of problematic or illegal sexual behavior of youth.  This evening features hot and cold Hors D-oeuvre selections, as well as tea, lemonade and water.  Casual attire is suggested.

Guests with reserved rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton are eligible for complimentary cocktails at the
hotel bar from 5:30p - 7:30p.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
5:00p - 7:00p
Poster Session

Presentations are encouraged on all aspects of sexual behavior of youth, including cultural diversity.  Symposium participants are not required to register for poster sessions.  The poster boards will be available for viewing during the Welcome Reception.  The authors of the poster presentations will be at their boards to discuss their work with symposium participants. 

For more information, click here.

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
7:30a - 8:20a
Research and Dissemination Meeting
How do you keep up with the results of the latest research on sexual behavior of youth? How should the results impact practice?  What are ways to improve the partnership among researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and parents?  This research and dissemination meeting is designed to:
  • share reports summarizing research and impacting practice,
  • share resources to evaluate the level of evidence for specific interventions,
  • share tools to access the latest research, and
  • promote discussion on strategies to improve collaboration.

Thursday, February 23, 2023
12:15p - 1:15p
Caregiver Panel Luncheon
The key to helping children impacted by trauma and children with problematic sexual behavior (PSB) is to engage and collaborate with their caregivers.  This panel will feature the experiences of caregivers who have navigated community based systems to receive treatment for their children with PSB.  The session will focus on common barriers to caregiver engagement and provide strategies to address these barriers.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
3:30p - 5:00p
Closing Plenary
The key to helping youth impacted by problematic sexual behavior is to engage and collaborate.  Youth voice gives an invaluable perspective to facilitating treatment engagement.  This panel will provide youth views on common barriers to treatment engagement.  Youth will be presenting on best practices for engagement.