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Training of staff and parents in dealing with difficult sexual behavior of adults, adolescents, and children with mental retardation or autism spectrum disorder.

Training of staff in dealing with the sexual behavior of residents in facilities for those with physical disabilities.

Training of staff in dealing with the sexual behavior of residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Training opportunities are available in San Antonio, Texas or at your location.


Mark W. Steege, LCSW, LPC. Mark is a Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, (AASECT). He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 40 years with 24 years as a sex therapist and since 1991 has been dealing with clients with mental retardation or autism spectrum disorder. For 16 years he taught a graduate course in “Therapeutic Approaches to Sexual Dysfunction,” at Our Lady of the Lake University.

Shannon L. Peck, MS, LPC. Shannon joined Mark as an associate in 1992 and has since also been certified as a Sex Therapist with AASECT. She has prior experience as an elementary school teacher and has brought that experience to the field to specialize in dealing with children who have been sexually molested or have been sexualized. She also has extensive experience in dealing with appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior in group homes for individuals with mental retardation or autism spectrum disorder.

Both Shannon and Mark have been frequent presenters on the local, regional, and national level of such organizations as AASECT, AAMR, and QMRP. They serve as consultants to agencies, state schools, special education departments, and group homes in evaluating and treating inappropriate sexual behavior and recommending behavioral interventions.

Workshops available for presentation run from 3 hours to 2 days and can be scheduled for an evening, a day, or up to a week, depending on need and the amount of material needing to be covered. These presentations can be presented to parents, administrators, or direct care staff. Some agencies have scheduled all day presentations for staff followed by an evening presentation for parents. As noted, these same workshops can be adapted for presentation to staff in homes for senior citizens, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.

Consultations are available by phone or in person for specific sexual behavior problems including sexual abuse, victim or perpetrator. They will be billed at the rate of $125 per hour, payable by Master Card or Visa. Both Mark and Shannon are Registered Sex Offender Treatment Providers in the State of Texas and both serve as expert witnesses for the prosecution and defense.


These workshops can be designed specifically for your needs in Mark’s or Shannon’s area of expertise and can be adapted for the staff of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and facilities for individuals with physical disabilities.

Dealing with Inappropriate Sexual Behavior Ethically and Appropriately

This workshop is designed with help to assist staff and administrators in getting comfortable with sexuality in general. In addition, it moves toward getting comfortable with healthy sexual expression by consumers, whether they be adults, adolescents, or children. It would include suggestions on sexual behavior plans where necessary and ethical and caring intervention where appropriate.

Educating for An Appropriate and Healthy Sexual Life

This workshop can be combined with the Social Skills Workshop for a more complete approach.

This workshop is appropriate for staff in community agencies, state schools, and group homes. It is designed to assist staff in giving essential sexual information by using available resources which will be demonstrated at the workshop. For more information on the “Social Skills and Sex Education” sets, see the publication section of this web site. This set is designed to be used with little formal training in sexuality since it is a stand alone resource. However, a comfort level with sexuality is required.

Social Skills Training for Staff

This workshop is designed to assist staff in community agencies and group homes dealing with adults and adolescents with mental retardation or autism spectrum disorder. Frequently, consumers demonstrate inappropriate behavior in the community. Sometimes this behavior is the result of inadequate relationship training. This workshop is designed to help staff assist their consumers in developing appropriate and satisfying relationships with people in the community as well as peers.

Sex Education for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This workshop is designed to help parents see that avoiding the teaching of sexuality is not an answer that works. By avoiding appropriate training for their children, parents leave those children, later to become adults, without the necessary knowledge to keep from being sexually molested or behaving in sexually inappropriate ways. Just saying “NO” is not enough. The training will focus on the manual, “Sex Education for Parents of Children With Autism.” For further information on the book, see the publications section of this web site.

For more information on the consultation or training services, or to request a workshop addressing a specific need, email them at