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Sexual Misconduct in Children

An Intervention Model that Works in Schools and Communities    


by Wilson Kenney, R & L Education, Lanham, Md., 2013, 193 pp., $29.95 softcover

“Uncomfortable,” “intimidating” and “frustrating” are just a few of the words school administrators might use to describe the process of dealing with sexual issues involving students. Sexual Misconduct in Children offers practical guidance to administrators who find themselves facing such situations. Author Wilson Kenney, a clinical psychologist with boots-on-the-ground school experience in the field of sexual behavior, helps readers to navigate such delicate predicaments by detailing the model he developed while working in the Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon.

There are often no easy answers when children present with concerning sexual behavior. When faced with such situations, school administrators must make weighty decisions amidst litigation and communication concerns. Kenney provides readers with a standardized, leveled protocol and associated documents to serve as a roadmap for maneuvering through these cases.

Starting with the basics, readers are introduced to appropriate terminology and phrases to use with parents, school staff and agencies in order to be able to respond to a situation less emotionally and more clinically. Guidelines for normative and non-normative behavior are also included.

Kenney provides illustrative scenarios throughout the book, and though fictional, they are not far-fetched. Realistic and extremely helpful, these fictitious accounts will provide practical guidance to many school administrators.

Kenney writes in an easy-to-read style, which allows readers to better contemplate and absorb such weighty material. Helpful for administrators, school psychologists, counselors and social workers, Sexual Misconduct in Children serves as a useful tool in the development of a district-specific protocol for dealing with children’s concerning sexual behavior.

Reviewed by Marilyn King, deputy superintendent for instruction, Bozeman, Mont.


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