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The Boundary Project

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The Boundary Project created by Dr. Eliana Gil is rooted in current research treatment components that are effective in the short-term (reducing high-risk behaviors and attending to safety/supervision) as well as long-term recovery from the trauma, event, or familial circumstance that led to the behavior. The treatment model is an evidence-informed and family-focused for children ages 4 to 12 years who present with sexual behavior problems. This is an attachment-focused, integrative approach that includes attention to safety issues, supervision concerns, individual risk factors, trauma histories, and familial factors that may underlie the atypical or problematic sexual behaviors.


Clinician's utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, expressive therapies, mindfulness meditation, and psychoeducation. Affect regulation and impulse control strategies are presented and practiced with children and at least one caregiver. Attachment-focused activities are built into each joint parent-child session to repair or strengthen parent-child relationships that may be strained prior to treatment. Boundary Project clinicians apply equal therapeutic attention to the caregiver(s) in order to maintain positive therapy outcomes following treatment.


For more information about the current research that supports the Boundary Project approach, please visit the Task Force on Children with Sexual Behavior Problems Report.

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