JUNE 21 2020: Counter-Story Practices with Youth Who Committed a Sexual Offense with Mauricio P. Yabar (Texas, USA)

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  • June 21, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Counter-Story Practices with Youth Who Committed a Sexual Offense

Counter-Story Practices with Youth Who Committed a Sexual Offense with Mauricio P. Yabar (Texas, USA)

Sunday, June 16, 2020: 5pm NY time

Sexual offenses committed by youth occur more often than some people might choose to accept. Youth who are convicted of a sexual crime are usually court-mandated to attend treatment. Offense-specific treatment makes little, if any distinction between types of offenses, age of youth, and other important factors such environmental influences or history of mental health challenges or trauma. There is a lot of research on youth sex offenders, but there seems to be a gap in understanding the effects of being labeled a “sex offender” by the court system, as well as by treatment providers, and how all this affects mental health and identity. Therapy with youth who committed a sexual offense should also address ways to heal from the harm of being labeled a sex offender. Narrative ideas and counter-story practices are creative ways to therapeutically engage youth. Because narrative therapy is non-judgmental and collaborative, it presents an opportunity to counter-story problems related to being labeled a sex offender. By prioritizing these youths’ mental health and counter-storying damaging self-narratives, therapists can potentially interrupt a cycle of abuse and other self-destructive patterns of behavior; and by doing this, they can assist their clients envision new possibilities for their futures.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

    1. Examine the effects of the label “sex offender” on youth.
    2. Identify 3 narrative practices to assist youth in counter-storying their experiences post-sexual offense.
    3. Dispel myths around individuals who have committed a sexual offense.
    4. Understand the distinctions between sexual offending and minor-attraction.


Mauricio is a certified sex therapist and clinical social worker trained in narrative therapy. In his private practice, Mauricio works with sexually diverse individuals of all ages including those reporting sexually compulsive behaviors, minor-attraction (non-offending), and other socially stigmatized sexuality-related experiences. Mauricio completed two years of narrative apprenticeship with Kay Ingamells, David Epston, and Tom Carlson. He’s also been trained by Jill Freedman and Gene Combs. Mauricio is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University where he’s focusing his research on youth who committed a sexual offense and the use of narrative practices to counter-story the social stigma that comes with the label “sex offender.”



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