Member Spotlight

By Miletski, Hani | Contemporary Sexuality, October 2007 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Member Spotlight


Miletski, Hani, Contemporary Sexuality


William Seabloom, MDiv, MSW, PhD (St. Paul, Minnesota)

William Seabloom joined AASECT (and SSSS) in the early 1970s while preparing for a presentation at the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS, formerly known as World Association for Sexology) Congress in Rome. His career in the sexuality field began around 1970 with the founding of the Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) at the University of Minnesota, where he received the majority of his training.

While working full-time as a social worker with Lutheran Social Service, Seabloom worked part-time with PHS as a therapist for individuals and couples and ran SARs monthly, including one-week SARs several times a year.

In the early 70s, Seabloom started the first outpatient treatment program for adult sex offenders in Minnesota, and possibly in the country, based on the principles and modalities of social group work and sex therapy and sexual health. Sister Margretta Dwyer worked with him at PHS and later took over this program.

A year later, as part of Lutheran Social Service, Seabloom started the first outpatient program for adolescents in sexual crisis in Minnesota, known as Personal/Social Awareness (P/SA).

"Most, but not all of the adolescents were involved with criminal sexual behavior," he says. "Many were identified as victims, had orientation and significant medical, chromosomal and genetic issues."

This program was also based on social group work, family systems, sexual health and the hermeneutic discipline. "This was a very intensive program involving the whole family," Seabloom says. "A weekend family SAR was an essential part of the program."

Among his adolescents clients were the creators and authors of the little book The Firefly Jar, published in 1984, which describes their histories, personal issues and reaction to the program in essays, poetry and drawings.

The program has since spun off into the Institute for Child and Adolescent Sexual Health and was passed unanimously into law by the Minnesota Legislature.

A few years ago, Seabloom and his research team did an intensive study of the first eight years of the program (122 adolescents and nearly 500 family members). They discovered that after 1824 years, there was no recidivism of any criminal behavior for those who completed the program, and only minimal recidivism for those who needed to be referred to an inpatient program or who dropped out after short time in the program.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Member Spotlight
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?