Boys and Girls Village recently hosted the 2nd Annual Timothy J. Kahn Conference.

Led by Timothy Kahn, an international expert on treatment for youth with problem sexual behavior, this year’s conference was titled Assessing Treatment Progress & Preparing for Family Reunification.

The conference focused on helping community providers, social service agencies and juvenile justice professionals in their work with youths who have committed sexual offenses, as well as with victims of sexual abuse and families who are dealing with the aftermath of problem sexual behavior.

“We are honored that Timothy Kahn once again joined us to share his expertise on youth problem sexual behavior,” said Steven Kant, M.D., president and CEO of Boys and Girls Village. “His guidance and real-world experience will help all of the conference’s participants to get closer to the goal of family recovery.”

More than 100 participants from Connecticut and surrounding states from a range of fields participated in the conference, including social workers, attorneys, mental health professionals and probation officers.

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to join with Connecticut’s youth and mental health professionals who are committed to treating the many impacts of youth problem sexual behavior,” said Kahn. “Our work focused on developing a better understanding of the family treatment and reunification process with youth who have committed intra-familial sexual abuse. We want to ensure that all professionals have the skills and training necessary to successfully reunify families and set the stage for positive, healthy relationships.”

Children can develop sexual behavior problems in a number of ways, including sexual abuse experiences, exposure to sexually explicit materials such as pornography, or as a coping response to neglect or trauma.

Children who are the victims of problem sexual behavior can subsequently become abusers, perpetuating a damaging cycle, experts said. In Connecticut, Boys and Girls Village offers a leading program designed to provide youth with the treatment and care needed to help break the cycles of abuse and failure often associated with these behaviors.

“We are proud of Boys and Girls Village’s 70-year plus track record of providing care for children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral challenges, including problem sexual behavior,” said Kant.