- “If my child has been sexually abused, will s/he go on to sexually abuse others?”
- “What resources are available to my child to help him/her heal from being sexually abused?”
- “My child has exhibited abnormal sexual behavior towards other children… what do I do?”
References and tools for parents and professionals mentioned in this video:
- National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth
- “Taking Action: Support for Families of Children with Sexual Behavioral Problems” by Jane F. Silovsky, Ph.D.
- “Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Sex: What Children Need to Know” by Linda Goldman
- “Understanding Children’s Sexual Behaviors: What’s Natural and Healthy” by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.
- “Helping Children With Sexual Behavior Problems: A Guidebook for Professionals and Caregivers” by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.
About Dr. Amelia ♥
Amelia Siders, Ph.D., LP, serves as the Clinical Director for TBCAC and has been working in the mental health field since 1994. She received a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan and completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Amelia specializes in assessment, treatment, and advocacy for children, adolescents, and adults with emotional, behavioral, trauma, and substance use disorders. She has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EDMR, as well as several other trauma-informed interventions including Trauma Incident Reduction. In addition to overseeing counseling and therapeutic services at TBCAC, Dr. Amelia serves as an expert in child abuse prevention and intervention and provides testimony in court cases related to areas such as child abuse disclosure rates, false allegations, statistics, trauma symptoms and even grooming and offender behaviors. Additionally, she offers consultation for prosecutorial teams on psychological assessments conducted on both clients and alleged offenders that may be used in court. She and her team of onsite therapists also help prepare both families and children for the trial process by offering support and education about ways to feel more confident and less anxious when providing testimony. Dr. Amelia became passionate about working with children and families who have been affected by abuse when completing her internship at the Center for Child Protection in San Diego, California. Dr. Amelia lives in Traverse City with her canine companion and beloved TBCAC volunteer, Jeeves.
About Jeeves ♥
Jeeves serves as a loyal volunteer sidekick to Dr. Amelia, providing sweet, loving wags to hundreds of child victims and their caregivers for the past several years. A Havanese, Jeeves has hair instead of fur which helps people visiting the Center who may have allergies. As the TBCAC mascot, Jeeves welcomes any and all opportunities to receive belly rubs and hugs!