Developing Positive Sexuality & Dealing with Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Dorothy Griffiths, Ph.D.
On-Site Workshop: This workshop can be scheduled at your agency, school, or
program. Contact Dr. Griffiths directly, at Brock University, to inquire about her
availability and her consulting fees. Her email address is dgriffiths@BrockU.CA.
Her phone number is 905-688-5550 Ext. 4069.
The following should answer most of your questions regarding the content of the
workshop and Dr. Griffiths' credentials. Information about Behavior Intervention
Specialists, Inc is at the bottom of this page, as is our contact information.
Content of the Workshop: This seminar will provide a practical approach to
understanding and supporting the development of sexually appropriate behavior and for
intervening across the range of sexually inappropriate behavior. The focus of the seminar
will be on individuals with developmental disabilities.
Part I of the seminar will address factors that are obstacles to appropriate sexual
development of persons with disabilities. Case studies will be used to illustrate some barriers
that exist in this regard, including segregation, lack of privacy, social skills deficits, client
vulnerability, and social attitudes.
Part II will include discussion of specific behaviors that may be problematic, including public
masturbation, aggressive sexual behaviors, and behaviors that involve invasion of privacy.
Strategies for assessing the dynamics of these behaviors will also be included. Part III of the
seminar will include discussion of intervention techniques that include social skills and
relationship education, sex education, teaching coping strategies, and arousal control
techniques. Finally, in Part IV, participants will have opportunities for small group discussion
and evaluation of several case studies. Throughout the seminar, emphasis will be placed
on incorporating lifestyle issues and nonaversive behavioral intervention into an overall
Behavioral Objectives: After attending the workshop, the participants will be able to
discuss the following topics – 1. How lack of normative learning, segregation, and
restrictiveness contribute to the development of inappropriate sexual behaviors 2. Differential
diagnosis of the etiology of sexual acting-out behavior 3. Understanding specific problems
such as perpetual arousal, public masturbation, and sexual aggression 4. Education and
treatment components across the ability range 5. The affects of medication on sexual
behavior 6. Case studies and group problem-solving
Who Should Attend: This workshop will provide essential information for program
administrators, behavior analysts, nurses, psychologists, QMRPs, social workers, special
educators, and supervisors of direct care providers. Workshop Format: Lecture, slides
8:00 – 8:30 Registration, Coffee, Snacks
8:30 – 11:30 Morning Session
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 3:30 Afternoon Session
DOROTHY GRIFFITHS, Ph.D.
Dr. Dorothy Griffiths completed her doctoral degree in the areas of community psychology
and social competency in 1991 through the University of Toronto and is currently Professor
in the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario. In
1989, she wrote a ground-breaking book (with Vernon Quinsey and David Hingsburger)
entitled Changing Inappropriate Sexual Behavior: A Community-Based Approach for Persons
with Developmental Disabilities.
For 15 years, she directed the York Behavior Management Services in Richmond Hill,
Ontario. In this capacity, she oversaw programs that provide behavioral support for persons
with developmental disabilities, as well as community assessment and rehabilitation for
persons with traumatic brain injury. She also administered research, public education, and
consultation projects, including services related to sexuality education and intervention. Dr.
Griffiths also has extensive training and expertise in the area of sexual abuse prevention.
In her work in the area of sexuality, Dr. Griffiths believes that individuals with developmental
disabilities have rights that include privacy, sexuality, freedom of choice, risk, and the right to
say “no” to service providers. The intervention approaches she will discuss in the seminar
include those that teach rather than simply suppress, that encourage rather than punish,
and that allow opportunities to earn trust and demonstrate responsibility. Dr. Griffiths is
widely known as a dynamic and interesting presenter, and her seminar is sure to be thought-
provoking and practical for persons concerned with sexuality issues for those they support.
About Behavior Intervention Specialists, Inc: Since 1985, we have sponsored over
927 training workshops in 44 states and two Canadian provinces, with total attendance of
over 43,175. Workshop topics have included -- active treatment, aggression, autism,
behavioral diagnostics, dual diagnosis, functional analysis, medication, self-injury, sexuality,
social skills, and staff performance.
Additional Information: Please call Dr. Walt Antonow at 662-234-1640 for any additional
information regarding the workshop. If you have questions about the cost of the workshop
and/or Dr. Griffiths' availability contact her directly.
Developing Positive Sexuality & Dealing with
Inappropriate Sexual Behavior