Secret Encounters: Addressing Sexual Behaviors in Group Settings

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Program directors, staff, and youth workers will learn to recognize and address the most commonly reported sexual incidents in this guide to nonpredatory sexual issues and behaviors in small group settings. Issues addressed include children with sexual knowledge beyond their maturity level, participants who have had previous sexual encounters, and incidents involving sexual behaviors between staff or in front of participants. While being careful not to offer any canned solutions or step-by-step plans, this guide offers camp directors guidance on how to minimize sexual incidents, create a safe camp community, and explore their own values to more carefully incorporate those values in the program setting. This guide to handling relationships, attachments, and normal sexual curiosity is ideal for anyone who works with children, youth, or young adults in a setting that encourages new personal interaction.

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Michael Shelton, MS, CAC, CFT, is the director of education and support for the Parents Program at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. He also works at the Joseph J. Peters Institute, the first facility in the country to focus only on the treatment of sexual offenders and sexual victimization. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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"Practical tools for helping leaders set the tone in staff training about intimacy and its effect within the group community." -- Marge Driscoll, Director of Member Services, ACA Southern California Section, Calabasas, CA

"Written in non-sensational, factual language, directors can use policy suggestions to create a program culture of safety and respect." -- Linda Pulliam, Steering Committee Member, International Camping Fellowship, Clarksville, VA

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