SEX OFFENDER PROGRAM-The juvenile sex offender program is designed
to accomplish one mission: NO MORE VICTIMS. The mission is realized through
intensive treatment of the juvenile on an inpatient basis initially. While
in Post Adjudication Detention, the youth learn new skills in a variety
of areas. They are taught new coping skills, relapse prevention, victim
empathy, healthy social skills and healthy sexual relationships. These
juveniles are surrounded by others who have committed the same types of
offenses so that they may learn to work together on the issues that are
primary in their offense cycles.
During the time that the juveniles are in the Post Adjudication Detention,
the parents or supervising adults are required to attend treatment to
learn better ways to supervise their children. There are very definitive
supervision rules and tasks that the parents must learn so they may support
their child and help him/her to develop the skills he/she needs to not
The juveniles are placed in Post Adjudication Detention for a period
of up to a year. They are able to work their way out of the program early
depending on their behavior within the facility and their therapeutic
progress. They learn to identify their offense cycle, take full responsibility
for their offense, identify high risk situations that occur in their lives
both physically and emotionally, develop empathy for the victim and the
families involved, and learn appropriate coping skills.
During the course of treatment, there will be several opportunities for
the parents and child to have family sessions. These are held so the youth
may teach the parents about his particular offense cycle and help the
parents to learn his specific red-flags and supervision techniques. If
the victim happens to live in the home of the youth that committed the
offense, then the victim is required to undergo treatment concurrently
with the offending youth. If there is a chance of reunification, all parties
must be in therapy and the victim must feel safe to live with the perpetrator
To ensure that the youth are being truthful and taking full responsibility
for their behavior, they will be polygraphed during their time on probation.
Initially, an instant offense polygraph is warranted followed by a maintenance
or monitoring polygraph.
At any time during treatment, if a youth does not progress, refuses to
do the therapeutic work required, or acts out behaviorally in a manner
that is detrimental to himself or the other youth in the program, he will
be deemed inappropriate for treatment in Post Adjudication Detention.
At this time, the court will make a decision about placement. If the parents
are unable or unwilling to learn the skills they need in order to supervise
their child in the community, then a similar recommendation will be made
to the courts.
It is the belief of the staff that work with the youth that they are
kids who have made mistakes (serious mistakes) but not mistakes that cannot
be overcome. They learn to work on their specific issues, build self-confidence,
and become emotionally independent. The tools they attain while in treatment
are tools that they will use for the rest of their lives. This program
is not a program that focuses on sexual behavior specifically, though
that is one of the primary behaviors that is addressed. The program focuses
on the youth learning to think and live life in a different manner so
that he/she does not cope with problems in the future in a sexual manner.
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