Speaker Bio

Mauricio Yabar

Mauricio Yabar, LCSW, MEd, CST

Families of youth who sexually offend: Understanding their experiences in the aftermath of the sexual offense
Mauricio P. Yabar, LCSW, M.Ed., CST, is a doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Yabar holds a master of clinical social work (MSW) and a master of human sexuality (M.Ed.) from Widener University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with minors in health studies and sociology from Montclair State University. He is currently licensed as a clinical social worker in both Virginia and Colorado. He also is an AASECT-certified sex therapist with extensive practice experience providing services to sexually-diverse populations. He draws on social constructivism and narrative theory to inform his clinical work, research, and teaching. As a researcher, Yabar is interested in the experiences of families of youth who sexually offend; particularly, the effects of social stigma and other collateral consequences of the offense on family functioning. His research also involves understanding the impact of childhood adversity, specifically homophobic bullying, on relational and sexual behavior patterns of gay and bisexual men. Through his research, he hopes to inform therapeutic services for stigmatized sexual minority populations. Yabar’s research interests are influenced by his previous training in human sexuality and apprenticeship experience in narrative theory and practice. As a therapist in private practice, Yabar currently works with minor-attracted individuals, gay men experiencing various social and behavioral difficulties, and other often-oppressed and/or stigmatized populations. Yabar has been an instructor in several MSW programs across the country, currently teaching in the school of social work at VCU.

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