Sexually Abusive Youth Program

For Males (Ages 13-18)

The Sexually Abusive Youth Program (males, ages 13-18) is an innovative, residential treatment program for sexually abusive youth to address issues of delinquency, sex offense, sexually reactive behaviors and mental health. The program is held at our treatment facility in Portsmouth, VA.

The program is designed to be flexible in order to meet each resident’s needs within a structured format. We believe that there are numerous techniques and skills that residents can learn in an effort to substantially decrease their chances of re-offending.

The program is framed within the Transtheoretical Model, which evaluates a person’s stage of therapeutic change in an identified problem area. In addition, we use the Cognitive Case Conceptualization Model to identify personality issues that are impediments to treatment.

The program is designed for sexually reactive male youth with the following:

  • DSM-V diagnosis of psychiatric illness
  • Diagnosis of a significant psychosexual disorder, as evidenced by a pattern of paraphiliac behavior
  • History of acts of sexually aggressive behavior
  • IQ above 70 with an adequate adaptive functioning level
  • Enrolled in academic program of special, regular or vocational education
  • Displays therapeutic potential to benefit from a residential treatment program and to transfer to a lower level of care within a predictable time
  • Appropriate family and community resources are not available to support adequate functioning in a less intensive level of treatment
  • Affirmation by the applicant of the presence of a psychosexual problem and verbalized motivation to comply with therapeutic directions


A cognitive behavioral treatment model is utilized in our programming. Youth complete work in the following areas:

  • Disclosure of offenses
  • Identifying and modifying distorted thought processes
  • Identifying their cycle of abuse and learning ways to interrupt the cycle
  • Identifying personal trauma history and effects of their abuse on others
  • Healthy relationships
  • Safety planning prior to successful discharge into the community

Treatment is population specific and is focused on residents internalizing the material as it is presented in a form that they can most easily comprehend. Youth will demonstrate internalization of their treatment work when their behaviors toward others change and they no longer engage in victimizing acts.

Family therapy is an integral part of the treatment process, and the team encourages active participation by family members. In addition, active communication with community sources is imperative to ensure that the team works collaboratively in the best interest of the family and the resident.

Evaluation measures include:

  • Polygraph
  • Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest
  • Sexual Assessment Inventory – Juvenile
  • Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol
  • Beck Youth Inventories
  • Bumby Scales
  • Compound Core Beliefs Questionnaire
  • Personal Sentence Completion Inventory
  • Sexual Projective Card Sort