Program for Sexually Abusive Boys
The Sexually Abusive Youth Program at Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center is a residential treatment option for sexually abusive males, ages 13 to 18 at time of admission. The program addresses issues including delinquency, sex offense, sexually reactive behaviors and mental health.
Treatment is flexibly designed to meet each resident’s specific needs within a structured format. We teach these residents various techniques they can utilize to substantially decrease their chances of re-offending.
Requirements for Program Participants
- History of sexually aggressive behavior and acts
- 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 youth of the presence of a psycho-sexual problem and verbalized motivation to comply with therapeutic directions
A cognitive-behavioral treatment model is utilized in our programming. Treatment is population-specific and aims to help residents internalize the material by presenting it in a form they can easily comprehend. Youth demonstrate treatment progress 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. Active communication with community sources is also imperative to ensure that the team works collaboratively in the best interest of the family and the resident.
Residents in this program 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
The Sexually Abusive Youth Program adheres to ethical treatment guidelines established by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), an international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse.
- Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest
- Sexual Adjustment Inventory – Juvenile
- Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol – II (J-SOAP-II)
- Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism (ERASOR)
- Beck Youth Inventories
- Compound Core Beliefs Questionnaire
- Personal Sentence Completion Inventory