juvenile sexual misbehavior program
The Juvenile Sexual Misbehavior Program focuses on the elimination of inappropriate sexual behaviors and the prevention of any further victimization. This is done in conjunction with building the strengths and competencies of the juvenile to compete against misbehavior and developing self-regulation and incorporating the good lives model. Treatment is delivered in a combination of group, individual and family therapy and each component is critical to the overall success of the adolescent. We work with juveniles identified as low risk, younger juveniles, or those juveniles with social or developmental delays (such as Aspergersor other co-occurring issues). Additionally, for those clients unable to attend either office, individual and family treatment may be provided in a local setting.
In Group Therapy, the adolescent works on treatment exercises and is afforded the opportunity to process and work through these difficult topics with the support of peers and the therapist. The group engages in problem solving for self-management of situations as they arise and provides for the giving and receiving of therapeutic feedback. Adolescents are generally more likely to be open and disclosing with peers who are in a similar situation.
Individual Therapy provides the opportunity to address sensitive issues such as personal victimization, sexual identity issues, as well as mitigate learning or cognitive difficulties the adolescent is having with treatment exercises, process family dynamics and problems, address issues of masturbation and arousal control and develop recognition of risk factors to redirect to a healthy lifestyle.
Family Therapy provides support for family members due to requirements, stress and changes. The therapist counsels the family on relationship dynamics and conflicts, setting healthy boundaries, structure, limits and discipline and developing supervision, vigilance and safety planning. If the victim is within the family unit, contact and reunification are addressed.
- The adolescent and family will develop a working relationship with the therapist that allows for the open sharing of thoughts, feelings, behavior and any new issues and safety planning will be addressed.
- The adolescent will process all the incidents of sexual misbehavior and not displace accountability using blame, denial, justifications or minimizations.
- The adolescent will develop and demonstrate understanding and control of thinking, feeling and behaviors in daily life (self regulation).
- The adolescent will establish and honor boundaries that reflect a sense of mutual respect in all personal relationships and form relationships that are not inappropriately sexualized.
- The adolescent will become aware of behaviors, feelings and situations that can place him in at-risk and identify healthy coping strategies and supports that can lead to preventing and avoiding risk through decision making.
- The adolescent will develop and participate in pro-social skills and competencies that emphasize self-esteem, positive opportunities and support.