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Tom Cleereman, LCSWThis website was created and is maintained by: Tom Cleereman, MSW, LCSW.

Tom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has over 25 years of experience in working with children and families. Tom is both a clinical and research member of The Association For The Treatment of Sexual Abusers who specializes in the effective assessment, treatment and risk management of adolescents who perpetrate sexual violence.

Tom is currently the Southwest Behavioral Health Manager for Correct Care Solutions. He has coordinated and provided therapeutic services to hundreds of juvenile sex offenders and their families, consulted often with other agencies on the topic of juvenile sex offenders including effective treatment and recidivism.

Tom has facilitated dozens of trainings for Social Workers, foster parents, law enforcement, government and private agencies and other helping professionals. He is also involved in various research projects regarding adolescent sexual offense recidivism and has conducted longitudinal research with juveniles charged with a sexual offense on a county wide level. Tom is especially interested in evidence based programming, recidivism and research regarding this population.

In his spare time, Tom creates websites including a number of websites he has created that are devoted to the Social Work profession and related fields including but not limited to:,,,,, and

Tom is interested in providing consultation and training about youth who sexually harm including topics about evidence based programming, research, program evaluation, assessment, treatment and supervision. Tom also welcomes employment opportunity information and would consider relocating for the right position. Specific employment interests include supervision and program direction.

From the Editor

Dear Vistors,

We currently live in some confusing times and as time moves forward our children are exposed to more and more violence and inappropriate sexual material. I grew up during a time when Elvis Presley (that is the "King of Rock n Roll" for you youngsters out there) couldn't be shown on television from his waist down because of the way he shook his hips. They said it was too sexual at the time. Boy have times changed! Now our children have video pornography they can access within only a few seconds from multiple online sources. The average age of first internet pornography experience is 11 years, often times as a result of accidental access. What's even more concerning is that the pornography their accessing has become more and more violent, desensitizing them sexually and violently, often times resulting in our children thinking that is a way a woman wants to be treated.

Even video games have become much more violent and sexual in nature. I have personally worked with many youth who have viewed pornography for the first time while playing their video game system. Most parents are naive to the power of the Internet and the fact that their children have access to increasingly more devices to access it. As technology grows, younger and younger children are being given access to the Internet in increasing ways. Research around these topics is scarce, although better than it used to be, and as we learn more about the effects of violence and sexuality on the brain, especially at a young age, we are also learning about valuable evidence-based practices that are proving to be quite successful. If you are aware of an evidence-based practice that you think would be valuable to include in this website please click on the "Contact" link and let me know.

I have worked hard to provide you with valuable information and resources. I cannot make any guarantees regarding the information in this website for a number of reasons. Research continues to evolve, states vary extremely with regards to laws and the way juvenile sex offenders are handled and our society and technology is changing at a rapid pace. In fact, many of the views in this website are mine and are a result of my own personal and professional experiences and may not represent specific research at all.

If you happen to be someone who currently works in this or a similar field please consider listing details about the services you provide by visiting the "Local Resources" area of this website. Providing specific information is completely optional and will help others to find resources available in your area. If you happen to be someone who is effected by sexual abuse in a direct or indirect way I am glad that you decided to visit this website. I have worked hard to share my expertise regarding treatment with juvenile sex offenders and if you feel there is something more to include in this website for victims and those effected by sexual abuse please consider sharing this with me via our Contact page.

I hope the material in this website increases your knowledge and ability to access resources available near you. Thanks for visiting and please continue to check back here as practices and research is ever changing.

Thomas Cleereman, MSW, LCSW