Programming and resources for highly at-risk children and youth and the professionals who work with them

Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors-From Natural and Healthy to Disturbed

by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. Duration: 3-4 hours; CE Credits: 4

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Dr. Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and internationally recognized researcher and trainer in the field of child sexual abuse. Her essential course helps people working with children understand what are the expected behaviors related to sex and sexuality in young children and how to distinguish them from behaviors that are of concern and require some intervention.


Continuing Education Credits

To purchase CE credits, click here and scroll to find the course.

Continuing Education Credits are available for Social Workers and Psychologists. After completing each course, a brief post-test will be provided at the Orlando Behavioral Health website, which you must pass with more than 80% correct answers to be eligible for CE credits. Please contact Mike Weinberg at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information about earning CE credits.


Workshop Objectives

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Understanding Childrens

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Define natural and healthy childhood sexual behaviors
  • Describe the groups of children with problematic childhood sexual behaviors
  • Differentiate natural and healthy childhood sexual behaviors from those that are problematic
  • Describe the factors that move a child beyond natural and healthy behaviors
  • Describe the characteristics of problematic sexual behaviors in children


About the Author(s)

cavanagh-johnson-toni.1 Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in South Pasadena, California. She has been working in the field of child abuse for 27 years as a researcher, trainer and clinician. For the past 22 years, Dr. Johnson has provided highly specialized treatment for children 12 and younger with sexual behavior problems. She has written five books, two booklets, two therapeutic games, published numerous articles in reference journals, as well as book chapters on child sexual abuse and children with sexual behavior problems. Among other organizations, Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.


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